There is so much talk about tea in the media today, but this simple substance is relatively undiscovered. Even though it is the second-most widely consumed beverage in the world, very few people actually know what it is. We call a lot of hot beverages “tea,” but true tea encompasses that which comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis—the tea plant.
In this 60 minute class, learn about the history and origins of true tea: white, green, oolong, black, and pu’erh tea and how each of these teas is made from the leaves of the same plant. We also learn about how tea, with its Chinese origins, made its way throughout the world, and how it has touched many cultures to become the popular beverage that it is today. Taste the five types of tea and get familiar with what works with our personal taste chemistry, and we’ll talk about some of the practical aspects such as health claims and caffeine content (facts, not hype). Roberta, a Certified Tea Specialist, will show slides of her tea-tour travels to China, Japan, and Sri Lanka.
This program is presented by the Arts Council in partnership with the King County Library System. Support is provided by the City of Shoreline, City of Lake Forest Park, and 4Culture.