What you'll do
Are you a recent pu-erh convert or oolong fanatic? Japanese green tea enthusiast? All of the above? This is the tea tasting experience for you! This course is specifically for tea lovers who want to go more in-depth into a specific category of tea. In the 75-minute course we'll choose a few of teas from our collection for a tasting custom-tailored to your interest and taste. We'll talk brewing techniques, tea processing, terroir, contextual tradition, and most importantly, enjoy drinking fine tea together. If you are new to the vast world of tea and would prefer a more introductory tasting tour, please see our other Airbnb experience, the Artisan Tea Tasting Workshop, https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/490201
I am the procurement director and head of tea tenders at Teance Fine Teas. I have spent years traveling around the world, visiting tea gardens and learning about the ancient art of artisan tea. I specialize in teaching classes on white, green, oolong, pu-erh, and herbal teas from China, Taiwan, India, Japan, and locally. I also incorporate mindfulness practices, understanding the health benefits fo tea, and expert brewing techniques into my experiences. Participants leave my class knowing more about the culture, history, and joy of tea than most ever understand.
Refreshment, local artisan pastry, premium dark chocolate Hawaiian Kau coffee beans (custom order from Big Island)
Our collection of artisanal white, green, oolong, black/red, pu-erh, and herbal tea.
Specialty Yixing Purple Sand Clay teapots. Porcelain and Glass Gaiwans, used for expert tea making. Handmade matcha tea bow
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Where you'll be
Discover a secret tea room tucked away in the heart of Berkeley. The hippest spot in town is typically only by invitation. All the local connoisseurs earned the privilege to hang with Darius and enjoy a flight from the most unique custom curated tea selection, collected from over 15 years in the tea industry. High stools along the tea counter give you a front row seat to the modern tea ceremony and the deep insight given with each tea. TheTeaSpot
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Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend.
Not eating garlic and onions 24 hours before your experience will help your palate identify the nuance tastes, plus the subtle yet complex flavours from these artisan teas.
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