2015 Tea Classes

Explore the full spectrum of tea culture by taking in a complimentary tea class as tea experts share their knowledge.
All classes are fist come first basis.

Tea Sommelier : Apprentice Level - $100.00

Speakers: James Norwood Pratt & Devan Shah
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 5th & 6th 2015
Times: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

A concentrated overview of tea designed by two of the men who have inspired and guided America’s Tea Renaissance, author James Norwood Pratt and Devan Shah, founder of International Tea Importers and Chado Tea Rooms. They teach fundamentals of tea history, origins, “terroir,” varietals and production. A course to inspire you with a love and understanding of mankind’s favorite beverage. Students will receive a certificate upon completion.

Be Healthy, Drink Tea - By: Dr. Mary Hardy

Speakers: Dr. Mary Hardy
Location: Democracy Forum
Dates: December 5th & 6th 2015
Times: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

We have all heard the health claims about how good tea is for the body and mind but do you know why? Dr. Mary Hardy will blast through the data and explain in laymen terms just how much is fact and how much is fiction. This is a very interesting way to learn more about tea and actually understand what tea is doing to your body and that’s a good thing.

Intro To Tea - By: Jordan Essay

Speakers: Jordan Essay
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Let’s start at the beginning and see how tea became the most consumed beverage in the world. How is tea like wine? Is all tea black? Is it all grown and processed the same way? So many questions and Jordan has all the answers. Come and build a good tea knowledge foundation.

All about Oolongs

Speakers: Thomas Shu
Location: Education Centre #2
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Discover the wonderful world of Taiwanese Oolongs

Pu-erh - The drinkable antique

Speakers: Linda Louie
Location: Nerio Centre
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Pu-eh tea is known for its complexity as well as its ability to age like fine wine. In recent decades, tea connoisseurs spend tens of thousands of dollars in search of rare aged Pu-erh, thus giving this tea a reputation as the “drinkable antique.” Join Linda Louie of Bana Tea Company for an in-depth discussion about the history, processing, and aging of Pu-erh tea.

All the Tea in China

Speakers: James Norwood Pratt
Location: Nerio Centre
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

A rare opportunity to look into the world of Tea in China. China is the birthplace of tea, let this Tea Master now help us understand the lure of China’s charm and the mystery exerts on him and all tea lovers.

Natural Holistic Treatment

Speakers: Ezekiel Manikas
Location: Nerio Centre
Dates: December 6th, 2015
Time: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

“How Green Tea, a naturally healthy drink, can be infused with certain herbs to make blends used for a healthier body.” We will discuss how Zen’s Tea House infuses ingredients to make blends for doctors and their patients. We will list some of the doctors who support the use of tea and the herbs those doctors recommend with tea. The presentation will include samples, testimonies of customers, and how to abide by the laws and regulations when engaging in these types of sales; all for the purpose of educating customers and other vendors. We understand that we are part of a tea festival and we will be sure to keep the presentation focused on tea.

How to Make The Perfect Pot of Tea

Speakers: David Beeman
Location: Nerio Centre
Dates: December 6th, 2015
Time: 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Do you want to get the most flavor out of your favorite teas? David Beeman of Global Customized Water can show you how. David will walk you through the reasons that your last pot of tea was bitter, too strong or weak or just smelled bad. He can explain how the minerals in your water can make or break your efforts. Stop taking water for granted and drink in this presentation.

Seattle to Yunnan and Back Again: How Tea Saved My Life

Speakers: Jeffrey Mcintosh
Location: Nerio Education Center
Dates: December 6th, 2015
Time: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Jeffrey is a tea industry specialist, an enthusiastic member of the local tea community and a man with a mission to bring high quality, loose leaf tea into as many homes as possible. His knowledge of the tea industry began with his life in Yunnan, China. Jeffrey studied under a number of renowned Tea Masters, became fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and gained a thorough understanding of the international tea market.

Darjeeling Teas

Speakers: Shalini Agarwal
Location: Education Center #2
Dates: December 6th, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Visit Darjeeling located is the Himalayan mountains and explore the history of this old British hill station and its tea plantations. Learn why the teas from this region are called the ‘champagne of teas’ and what makes them unique. Taste and compare Darjeeling teas from all four seasons.

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Location: Democracy Forum
Dates: December 5th & 6th, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu or Sado in Japanese. It is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics inside and out, about preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart.

Tea and Meditation - By: Diana Rosen

Speakers: Diana Rosen
Location: Democracy LAB
Dates: December 5th & 6th, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Take a journey inward to a peaceful respite from the cares of daily life. Learn how the artful practice of meditation with tea can restore your soul, your heart, your mind to a place of inner calm. You already understand that savoring a beautifully prepared cup of tea, fragrant and satisfying, is a practice in pure meditation. Explore how conscious attention—to thought, action and the breath—can widen your practice of meditation and help you achieve deep relaxation. You will leave this class empowered to relieve stress for yourself and for those you love. Delicious Chado teas, specially chosen to enhance these practices, will be served.

Tea and Cheese - $10.00

Speakers: Robert Wemischner
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 5th & 6th, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

It’s no surprise that tea and dairy go together so well. A lover of bold flavored foods, Chef Robert Wemischner presents a sampling of cheeses paired with carefully chosen teas. Have you ever tasted a soft goat cheese melting in your mouth when paired with a fresh young green tea? Or a soft ripened triple creme cheese paired with a malty Assam; or an earthy complex Pu-erh with a creamy blue cheese? Experience all of this and much more in this cutting-edge lecture about a topic that is growing tremendously in popularity.

Tea and Chocolate - $10.00

Speakers: Robert Wemischner
Location: Democracy Lab
Dates: December 5th & 6th, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Chef Robert Wemischner, tea expert, pastry chef and author of four books including his most recent one, The Dessert Architect, will lead you through a pairing of chocolates and teas that bring out the best in each. Pair a hot swig of properly brewed tea with the right white, milk or dark chocolate and take the leaf and the cacao bean to new heights. A Chocolate lover’s melt-in-the-mouth experience that can’t be beat.

Green Teas from Japan

Speakers: Rona Tison
Location: Education Centre #2
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Explore the expansive world of Japanese green teas- it’s history and many varietals ranging from classic Sencha to Matcha, a ceremonial powdered green tea. Learn the special brewing techniques and proper use of Japanese teaware, along with the many uses of the tea leaves. From various health benefits to beauty and cooking tips, learn to enjoy the ancient tradition of green tea by integrating Japanese tea in today’s modern and busy lifestyle.

All the Tea in India

Speakers: Alex Harney
Location: Nerio Centre
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

India is the motherland of diverse teas from some of the world’s greatest and most varied tea regions. Tour India’s tea worlds with Alex Harney and experience the power of rich Assam leaf, the delicacy of rare Darjeelings and the fragrant joy of Nilgiri teas–three of the finest black teas grown anywhere in the world, all wildly different and each uniquely Indian.

World Tea Origins Tour

Speakers:  James Norwood Pratt (Moderator) Devan Shah (India), Thomas Shu (Taiwan) Devan Shah (China), Rona Tison (Japan), Alex Harney (South India), Pujitha Ubayasiri (Sri Lanka)
Location: Democracy Forum
Dates: December 6th, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Fundraising with Tea

Speakers: Babette Donaldson
Location: Education Centre #2
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

How non-profit organizations are earning between $500 and $5000+ with tea fundraisers. Babette Donaldson will describe dozens of different tea-themed fundraisers and then detail five of her favorites. Starting with a simple afternoon tea for 25 guests to an extravaganza for 250, she will share her experience to help your group raise the money it needs and have fun too. Handouts will include some of her best organizing tips so that you can walk away with an actionable plan for your committee.

What's Healthy About Tea

Speakers: Babette Donaldson
Location: Education Centre #2
Dates: December 5th, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Have you seen it in the news and on daytime talk shows? Tea has become the media darling of medical research. But, is it too good to be true? Sorting out some of the fact from hype, Babette Donaldson, author of The Everything Healthy Tea Book, explores the health benefits of the leaf, of the different ways in which it is processed and from how we prepare and share it. From the leaf to the lifestyle, explore many reasons to include tea in your daily diet.

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