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MEM TEA EVENTS

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TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE
(except for the Free Thursday Tea Tastings)



All events will be held at our new training center & tasting room in Davis Square.

196 Elm Street, Davis Square North Cambridge, MA 02140

 



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Tea Tastings


Every Thursday from 12 - 1!

$0 (that's right, it's free)


Tea Tastings are free and open to the public. Every Thursday from 12 - 1!


August 3rd: White Teas
Sample several varieties of white teas and compare and contrast appearance, aroma and flavor as it applies to region, quality and processing of the leaf.

August 10th: Chinese Green Teas
Sample a variety of green teas. Compare and contrast appearance, aroma and flavor as it applies to region, quality and processing of the leaf.

August 17th: Japanese Green Teas
Sample a variety of green teas. Compare and contrast appearance, aroma and flavor as it applies to region, quality and processing of the leaf.

August 24th: Oolong Teas
Sample a variety of Oolong teas and compare and contrast appearance, aroma and flavor as it applies to region, quality and processing of the leaf.

August 31st: Darjeeling
Sample a variety of First and Second Flush Darjeeling Teas and discover how terroir, harvest and processing affect the appearance, aroma and flavor of the leaf. Experiment with different brew times, temperatures and weights.

September 7th: Black Teas
Sample a variety of Black teas and compare and contrast flavor, appearance, aroma and liquor as it applies to region, quality, harvest and processing of the leaf.

September 14th: Chai Teas
Sample a variety of Chai Blends and compare and contrast the flavor, strength and balance of various spice blends and concentrations. Learn the best ways to prepare chai tea at home by the cup or by the pot.

September 21st: Rooibos Blends
Sample a variety of Rooibos blends and compare and contrast flavor, appearance, aroma and liquor as it applies to the variety and blend of herbs. Learn about the unique health benefits of rooibos tea.

September 28th: Herbal Teas
Sample a variety of Herbal blends and compare and contrast flavor, appearance, aroma and liquor as it applies to the variety and blend of herbs. Learn about the unique health benefits of different types of herbs.

October 5th: Cascarilla Blends
Sample a variety of our signature tea blends that are made with TAZA cacao shells. Sweet, spicy, earthy and floral, but above all, chocolaty!


Please swing by and taste with us, anytime between 12 and 1!




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Tea Basics - 101


Please sign up by clicking on the desired date below.


This one hour seminar introduces participants to the five different types of tea. We will explain and taste the differences between White, Green, Oolong, Black, and Pu-Erh teas. We will also learn the differences in the processing of the plants, the regions, and terroirs they come from, and the unique health benefits that each tea is known for.


Wednesday, August 2nd • 6:30-7:30PM
Thursday, August 10th • 6:30-7:30PM
Thursday, August 24th • 6:30-7:30PM




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Tea Brewing Techniques - 201


Please sign up by clicking on the desired date below.


In this one hour workshop we will learn various techniques of tea brewing using modern and traditional tools and equipment. We will make and evaluate examples of the major tea varieties paying special attention to water, time, temperature, weight and brewing equipment. We will experiment with multiple steeps and compare the same tea brewed different ways. Students will learn how to ‘get to know’ new and unfamiliar teas and extend the tea making experience.


Friday, August 4th • 6:30-7:30PM
Wednesday, August 16th • 6:30-7:30PM
Wednesday, August 30th • 6:30-7:30PM




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Exploring the Tea of Japan: From Bancha to Matcha


$30


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In this workshop, we will explore the diversity that Japanese teas have to offer while learning some of the traditions, production methods, and techniques of making the teas of Japan. We will practice traditional Sencha and Gyokuro preparation and experiment with multiple infusions. Finally, we will learn ceremonial Matcha whisking techniques as well as modern Matcha latte and iced tea latte methods.


Saturday, July 29th • 1:30-2:30PM




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Notable Chinese Teas & Traditions: Tastes of Guangdong, Fujian, & Zhejiang


$20


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China is the birthplace of tea. The very first cultivated bushes in other regions grew from seed in China, and many of the tea drinking traditions we have come to love and venerate today date as far back as the Shang dynasty (1766-1050 BC).

A sampling of some of the most renowned tea producing regions in China include Phoenix Mountain in Hangzhou where some of most prized Phoenix oolongs are produced, Wuyi Province, where dozens of Wuyi cultivars are produced including the world famous Da Hong Pao, Tongmu Village, open to locals only this village is the birthplace of Lapsang Souchong and Zhejiang, which has become a leading force in organic Chinese tea production within recent decades.

As part of MEM's Origin series, we are pleased to announce this new class hosted by our Director of Operations, Meg Tartasky. In April of this year, Meg made a journey to China to immerse herself in the culture and source special traditional teas. Now that the 2017 harvests have arrived, we are ready to offer you a truly spectacular sampling of different grades, cultivars, and types of teas from each location listed above, during this hour long lecture. We will try High Mountain Phoenix oolongs, four different Wuyi cultivars, Lapsang Souchong produced to local custom, classic green teas including Anji Bai Cha, and examples of some new production methods currently underway; like aged White Peony and a controlled fermentation Black Mao Feng.


Saturday, August 19th • 1:30-2:30PM
Thursday, August 31st • 6:30-7:30PM




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From Fujian to Ali Shan: Discovering the Artistry of Oolong


$30


Please sign up by clicking on the desired date below.


Taste a variety of oolong teas from South East China and Taiwan. Learn the effects that oxidation, withering, and, rollinghave on flavor profile. Learn various production methods and techniques for making oolong teas and prepare samplings of traditional oolong teas using Gaiwan and Gong Fu methods.


Saturday, August 12th • 1:30-2:30PM
Friday, August 18th • 6:30-7:30PM




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