January 2014 Tea Events

green tea leaf reading

Tea leaf reading

 

The Art of Tea Leaf Reading

January 11, 2014

12:00pm to 5:00pm

Fee: $7

Buddhamouse Emporium (134 Yale Ave., Claremont)

Quiet your mind. Focus on a question or situation in your life.  Sip your tea.  Connect to your intuitive mind. Your spirit guides the leaves to form shapes, words and symbols. Giving you a clearer picture of what is going on in your question or situation. The leaves confirm what you know and give insights to next actions.Learn about your past, present and future. Shine a light on confusing relationships or conflicting feelings. Find out about your New Year. Participants leave their sessions feeling enlightened, energized and encouraged.

Make an appointment with Tiffany Williams at: tiffany@boutiqueteas.com. Drop-ins are welcome.

 

Jasmine tea in cup

Jasmine Tea and tea pot

Tea Fundamentals: What is Tea? How do you Brew it?

January 12, 2014

12:30 to 2:00pm

$10

Buddhamouse Emporium (134 Yale Ave., Claremont)

How do you brew tea? What is tea? Do you grow your own teas? These are a few of common questions I answer about tea. Time to get back to basics. This workshop will discuss essential tea basics you need to know. We will also compare and contrast the famous George Orwell essay called ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ with ancient Chinese and Japanese philosophies.

In his essay, Orwell asserts Indian teas are the best and China teas do not make you ‘wiser’. He also describes how to brew the ‘best’ cup of tea. He has an 11 step process! Let’s see if he is right. Chinese tea scholars developed called Gong Fu tea brewing style. Japanese scholars created a ceremony. You will learn about these ceremonies and the key basics for every day brewing.

In this workshop, you learn how to brew White Jasmine Silver Needles, Organic Assam Black Tea, Organic Japanese Genmaicha, Organic Puerh and Organic Keemun Black tea. You will learn how to perfectly brew white, green, black and puerh teas.

All guests receive a jar of their favorite tea.

 

green tea leaf reading

Tea leaf reading

The Art of Tea Leaf Reading

January 12, 2014

2:30pm to 6:00pm

Fee: $7

Buddhamouse Emporium (134 Yale Ave., Claremont)

Quiet your mind. Focus on a question or situation in your life.  Sip your tea.  Connect to your intuitive mind. Your spirit guides the leaves to form shapes, words and symbols. Giving you a clearer picture of what is going on in your question or situation. The leaves confirm what you know and give insights to next actions.

Learn about your past, present and future. Shine a light on confusing relationships or conflicting feelings. Find out about your New Year. Participants leave their sessions feeling enlightened, energized and encouraged.

Make an appointment with Tiffany Williams at: tiffany@boutiqueteas.com. Drop in are welcome.

My First Cup of Green Tea

154505_10151332878219204_48022153_n

Green tea in Asian tea cup

Sitting at my desk in my new Japanese school, I struggled to organize my thoughts and calm my anxiety. The shy Japanese secretary asked me: “Would you like a cup of tea, Tiffany-sensei?”. I replied, “Yes, thank you”. This would be my first cup of green tea. I grew up with herbal teas and black teas. She brought me a small delicate porcelain cup filled with green tea leaves floating in hot water. No sugar, No milk. No strainer. No spoon. I had no idea how to drink this beverage. I knew Japanese people honored tea. Serving and brewing tea symbolized refinement and sophistication. The secretary felt honored that I would drink her tea. I felt her genuine kindness and desire to share her culture. I had to drink it. I had no idea if I would like it.

 

I simply stared at the leaves. My thoughts slowed. I watched the leaves fill with water, releasing vitamins, minerals, and grassy flavors. Japanese tea artisans steam the leaves, maintaining the emerald color and the natural flavors. The water slowly turned a bright emerald hue. I smelled freshly mowed lawn. The smell reminded me of the manicured lawns and tree lined streets on my hometown. I felt the comfort and security of home.  I focused on the aroma. When the leaves sank to the bottom, I sipped. . It tasted like fresh grass with sweet notes and a slight bitter edge. Not bad. I enjoyed the leaf in its naked glory.

December Events

Christmas Breakfast Black Tea Workshop

Black Breakfast Tea Blending Workshop

Black Breakfast Tea Blending Workshop

Saturday, December 14, 2013 11:00am to 3:00pm

Buddhamouse Emporium (134 Yale Ave., Claremont)

Fee: $15

Custom blend your own black breakfast tea blend. Breakfast teas are a blend of unscented black teas. You will learn tea blending fundamentals and blend your own black tea blend. This blending workshop includes a recipe, tea tasting, and live demonstration on tea blending. Base teas include: Orange Pekoe, Assam Black Teas, Nilgiri black tea and Chinese black teas. Also taste Chinese breakfast, and Irish breakfast tea blends. You may choose to blend the prepared recipe or make your own blend. Blending and tasting take about 45 min. RSVP and let me know when you plan to arrive or drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm.

RSVP: Tiffany@boutiqueteas.com

 

The Art of Tea Leaf Reading with Chakra Stones Workshop

Tea Leaf Reading

Tea Leaf Reading

 

Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:00 to 4:00pm

Buddhamouse Emporium (134 Yale Ave., Claremont)

 

This workshop is about focus and energy. Instead of thinking about a questions, you will chose a theme. Themes can include: work, love, friendship, finance and more. Focusing on one aspect of your life will give you a complete picture of that part of your life. There will be unique tea blends and stones available to help you channel your energy into the tea leaves.

Fee: $7

RSVP: Tiffany@boutiqueteas.com

Tea and Meditation

Saturday, December 28, 2013 11:00 to 12:30pm

Buddhamouse Emporium (134 Yale Ave., Claremont)

 

Embark on an inward journey to a peaceful respite from daily life.Learn a how to quiet your mind and live in the present. Brewing tea provides the opportunity to create a peaceful space around you and in your mind. Understand how savoring a beautifully brewed cup of tea, fragrant and satisfying, is a practice in pure meditation. You will practice Gong-fu tea brewing style and auto-writing.

Fee: $7

RSVP: Tiffany@boutiqueteas.com