May 2013 Tea Events Schedule

tea events

Saturday, May 4, 2013

11am to 12:30pm $7

The Art of Tea Brewing

Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave, Claremont

This lecture will explore two tea brewing styles. You will learn and practice gong fu and sencha tea brewing styles. Gong Fu tea brewing style is about practicing your tea brewing technique. This brewing style is for large leaf oolong teas. Sencha tea brewing style centers around whole leaf green teas. Each brewing style, you must determine answers to three questions: How hot? How much? and How long?

How hot must the water be? Japanese green teas are delicate; the water must be around 180 F degrees. Oolongs are hardier leaves and can thrive in hotter water.

How much tea do you need? This answer depends on the tea pot used and your personal taste. Oolong tea leaves are large with robust strong flavors, so you need less leaves. Green tea leaves are smaller with light delicate flavors. You may like to add more leaves for a strong cup.

How long do you steep tea? This answer depends on the type of tea pot and the type of tea. Traditionally, tea is brewed in small pots for 30 to 90 seconds. In reality, you brew tea in a larger cup and the tea leaves 2-5 minutes to properly infuse.

You will sample Japanese green tea, oolong tea and a black tea.

Facilitator: Tiffany Williams is the owner of Boutique Teas. Boutique Teas offers the ultimate premium loose leaf tea selection, and tea education lectures. For two years, Tiffany has practiced and learned about tea blending techniques. Tiffany writes articles for www.boutiqueteas.com and for www.tching.com about tea culture, tea leaf reading and tea history. Tiffany lectures at the annual Los Angeles Tea Lover’s Festival.

RSVP to Tiffany at tiffany@boutiqueteas.com

Sunday, May 5 2013

The Art of Tea Leaf Reading $10

1:45pm and 2:15pm (each session is 25 minutes)

Tea Lovers Festival

 Armory Center for the Arts. 145 North Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91103

Will you get the promotion? Is it the right time to retire? Should I move to a new city? Did I make a good decision? Find answers in your tea cup. In this workshop, you will learn how to read and interpret your tea leaves. Tea leaf readings start with a question or situation. As you sip your tea, your thoughts are imprinted on the leaves. After you swirl your leaves three times, the leaves will form shapes based on your energy.

Tea Leaf reading is an ancient ritual fortune tellers use to explain the past, present and future. The leaves form shapes and symbols telling your story. Many people see birds, which mean good news is arriving. Sometimes a person appears in your cup, meaning you will have a visitor. An apple means a thirst for knowledge. Are you wondering what will show up in your cup? A reading takes about 20-30 minutes.

Facilitator: Tiffany Williams is the owner of Boutique Teas. Boutique Teas offers the ultimate premium loose leaf tea selection, and tea education lectures. Naturally an intuitive person, Tiffany started studying fortune telling as a child. For the past two years, she has been teaching tea leaf readings. Tiffany writes articles for www.boutiqueteas.com and for www.tching.com about tea culture, tea leaf reading and tea history. Tiffany lectures at the annual Los Angeles Tea Lover’s Festival.
Saturday, May 11, 2013

3:00-6:00pm $7

The Art of Tea Leaf Reading: Advanced Workshop

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.

Facilitator: Tiffany Williams is the owner of Boutique Teas. Boutique Teas offers the ultimate premium loose leaf tea selection, and tea education lectures. Naturally an intuitive person, Tiffany started studying fortune telling as a child. For the past two years, she has been teaching tea leaf readings. Tiffany writes articles for www.boutiqueteas.com and for www.tching.com about tea culture, tea leaf reading and tea history. Tiffany lectures at the annual Los Angeles Tea Lover’s Festival.

RSVP to Tiffany at tiffany@boutiqueteas.com

 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

3:00-4:30pm $7

The Art of Japanese Green Teas

Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont

 Two Japanese scholars popularized tea ceremony and tea drinking in ancient and modern Japan: Sen Rikyu and Baishou. Both men discovered tea in the Buddhist monasteries in Kyoto, Japan. Both men left the monastery, pursuing two different paths to spread their love of tea.

 Sen Rikyu taught Japanese rulers the art and practice of tea. His specialty centered on simplifying the elaborate Japanese tea ceremony called ‘chanoyu’. This tea ceremony honored the powdered tea called ‘Matcha’. Tea ceremony became elaborate and garish. Only the elite could afford the colorful Chinese tea utensils. Sen Rikyu striped the ceremony to the basics: tea, water, and fire.

Baishou aimed to spread the ritual of drinking tea to the masses. A new style of tea was developed: whole leaf tea. This tea is called ‘sencha’, meaning boil or fire tea. You brewed the leaves in hot water. Baishou and his disciples translated tea literature into Japanese and distributed it to everyone. Baishou was known for his tea stall in Kyoto and his poetry.

You will taste Matcha, sencha, and genmaicha green teas.

Facilitator: Tiffany Williams is the owner of Boutique Teas. Boutique Teas offers the ultimate premium loose leaf tea selection, and tea education lectures. Tiffany lived in Tokyo, Japan for a year and participated in two tea ceremonies. Tiffany writes articles for www.boutiqueteas.com and for www.tching.com about tea culture, tea leaf reading and tea history. Tiffany lectures at the annual Los Angeles Tea Lover’s Festival.

RSVP to Tiffany at tiffany@boutiqueteas.com


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