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Tea 201: Basics of Tea Blending
September 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm$40
Come learn the art of blending tea leaves, herbs and spices to make signature blends of tea.
Saturday, September 1st
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room 12
Fees: $40/ person
Advanced registration required; space is limited.
Tea tastes vary from person to person and by cultural traditions. Over time different cultures developed custom tea traditions based on availability of flavorings and teas. Join The Novel Tea for “Tea 201” to learn how tea sommeliers discern distinct tea qualities through the basics of cupping procedures and blending flavorings into distinct tea recipes. This three-hour workshop will include base tea tasting, blending the base tea with different flavorings, then cupping the unique tea, adjusting the flavoring, and naming the recipe.
All attendees will take home a small bag of their custom blended teas.
This is a standalone workshop, and can be attended without attending the Tea 101 or Tea 102 workshop.
About the Instructor & The Novel Tea:
Ellen, Cid and Emmy, owners of The Novel Tea, have been friends, family and professional colleagues for many years. Long ago best friend’s Ellen and Cid discovered that they both loved tea—both the drink in its infinite variations, and the experience of connecting with others while having good conversations over a cup of tea. This is a passion Ellen and Cid passed on to their daughters, including Ellen’s daughter Emily who joined them when they opened The Novel Tea.
Ellen and Cid have over sixty years of teaching experience, and now instead of teaching communications or educational theory to college students, they plan to teach everyone in Sacramento how much better life can be with a book in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a friend by your side.
Ellen is the resident tea expert, and one of only a handful certified tea sommeliers in California. Ellen is passionate and knowledgeable about everything related to the Camellia sinensis plant (from which all tea comes), has picked tea in China, and taken tea on almost every continent. As soon as Antarctica opens a tea shop, she’ll be one of the first customers.