Posts in tea culture
Do cafe-goers actually want to engage in making small cup tea themselves?

As many of you know, I’ve been working in a teahouse in Berkeley since April. Every day I’m at the shop, I attempt to teach people small cup brewing. Please note my precise language here. I'm not kidding myself that I am teaching them Gongfu Cha, which is a discipline. Gongfu Cha, as I have come to more deeply understand, is not simply brewing tea “with a small gaiwan” or “with a small clay pot.” So for the purpose of this piece, I will use the term “small cup brewing.”

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Tickets available for SF International Tea Festival in November

Can’t ignore my local tea festival, of course…

Tickets for the San Francisco International Tea Festival are on sale.

The event is November 3 and 4 - two days this year. Sound off in the comments what day you will be there if you are going!

I plan to attend on Sunday the 4th but I will be helping with vendor load in on Friday evening the 2nd. Hope to see you there!

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Reflections from the 2018 Northwest Tea Festival

It’s no wonder the Northwest Tea Festival, now in its 11th year, was named the “Best Grassroots Tea Education Campaign” at the World Tea Expo this year. With six tracks of concurrent educational workshops ranging from talks to tastings and tea ceremonies of all kinds to cultivar histories PLUS a no-sales educational tea bar, this event had its priorities in the right place. And since the market for speciality tea is still in its early stages in the United States, a focus on education is the right move to help build a confident consumer base.

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Exploring the 2018 Portland Tea Festival

I had a hard time believing this was only the second year of the Portland Tea Festival. The event featured dozens of vendors both local and from further afield, a full slate of classes covering everything from English tea traditions to comparative tastings of Wuyi cliff teas, and musical performances all day. Over 3,000 people attended the event, held at the semi-rustic World Forestry Center in the hills to the west of the city. 

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