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Tea Trekker Master Classes in Tea
' From Fresh Leaf to Finished Tea '
Our series of six evenings is an exploration of 'The Six Classes of Tea', and are adapted from
the tea classes and presentations that we have conducted at seminars and conferences around the country.
Tea Trekker Master Class Series
#1. – Overview of the Six Types of Tea
#2. – Green tea
#3. – White, yellow & flower scented tea
#4. – Oolong
#5. – Black tea
#6. – Hei Cha, including Pu-erh
Our Master Classes: What You Will Learn
As a group we will taste 4 to 6 distinctive teas in each class and discuss the proper tea steeping methodologies for the tea.
Steeping methods will vary with the type of tea being discussed, and in some classes attendees will learn to use a gaiwan
or steep tea in an abbreviated gong-fu style. We will discuss the important aspects of each class of tea necessary to develop
a clear understanding of that style of tea.
Using the green tea class as an example, we will begin the class with:
- a photographic PowerPoint presentation from our tea sourcing trips which provides background information about green tea in China, Japan and Korea
- a close-up look at the most important green tea producing countries, their tea gardens, green tea processing techniques, and other variables that make green tea unique
During the class ( still using green tea as an example) you will learn:
the history of green tea, the culture of green tea and traditional tea steeping methods for green tea
what differentiates green tea from the other classes of tea
why premium green tea and standard, commercial-grade green tea are so different;
and why premium green tea is superior to the standard grades
how to visually assess the appearance of green tea leaf
to distinguish the subtle ( and not so subtle ) differences in flavor and aroma among unique premium green teas
how to steep green tea for the sweetest flavor
what teawares are best for steeping green tea
Tea Trekker Master Classes are held in our store at 2 Gleason Plaza, Northampton, MA
Classes are usually 90 minutes in length and held on a weekday evening.
Attendance is limited - advance registration is required.
Classes are unique or attendees can sign up for the entire series.
Each class has a separate fee, which must be paid when the reservation is made.
Attendees must be at least 18 years of age; and no children, please.
We also ask that everyone refrain from using cologne or perfume before class so that everyone can enjoy the delicate aromas of the tea
No classes are scheduled for Winter or Spring of 2014 at this time.
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