Saturday, January 24, 2015

Level 1 Tea Class

Margaret's Fine Imports holds Level 1 and Level 2 tea classes. There is a Groupon now for up to 56% off classes! Offer ends soon!

About 20 of us sat in folding chairs in the front of the store. It was a surreal break from "regular" life. I didn't believe the class would really take two hours, but the time slipped by!

Kris led the class and is so knowledgeable. I learned so much, and saw how much more there is to discover!

Things I did not know:

  • In Poland, where Margaret is from, they give fennel tea to babies for upset stomachs.
  • "Tea controlled the world at one time" because the tallest, fastest ships carried tea.
  • The Boston Tea Party was more than just one tea dump; it was a boycott that led the US to a coffee way of life. (cries)
  • Low tea was the fancy tea because it was at a low table for the rich; high tea was served at the dinner table by the lower class. (Is it low tea if I take it at my coffee table?)

Selection of teas to smell. We also saw and smelled pu-erh bricks, milk oolong, and a smoked tea.

Yerba mate, gourd, bombilla. Yerba is the plant, from the holly tree, and mate is the gourd.

Clay teaware and gourds!

This place is a second home. Inventory changes often so there's always something new to see.

Tea tasting! Hard to believe, but this is a roasted green tea.

What a treat! I guessed a teapot weight and won a gift certificate.

Free tea sampler had two 2 oz teas: Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose green tea and Assam (TGFOP).

I purchased two with the night's discount: Jasmine Matcha and an old favorite, Cream Earl Grey.

My first real tea pot! PersonaliTEA pot and matching cups from Adagio Teas.

Cat photoshoot interruption!

The class came with a free tea ball.

We had fun.

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