Thank you everyone for a busy summer! It was a pleasure sharing knowledge and tea with you all, and know that it's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the world of tea.
First, I'd like to thank my friend Lydia for inviting me to present at The Glen Retirement community for their C.A.T.S. series, exploring the arts and culture. I made two pitchers of iced tea (jasmine/green and an assam black tea) to accommodate the 40 to 50 guests that came out to the lecture. With my Brittney Spears microphone on, we passed around five types of tea to experience and I fielded enough questions to cover everything! It was a great time.
The Summer Tea Series went well, with 22 guests coming to the three classes. I'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the host locations - Rhino Coffee (Highland), CoHabitat Foundation, and Well+Fed Louisiana. Each one was a pleasure to work with and I'd hope that everyone who attended the classes will support these local businesses in the future.
As a recap, during the events we learned about gongfu-stye brewing in your easy gaiwans, which you kept after the event. Please read this excellent article on World of Tea for a description of pretty much what we covered. The teas we had were:
- Huangshan Mao Feng (Yellow Mountain Fur Peak) green tea from Tea Trekker
- Jin Xuan (Golden Lily) better known as Milk Oolong from Mountain Tea Co.
- Cats & Dogs sheng puerh (you can read my review here) from Crimson Lotus & White2Tea
If you need a tea recommendation, or want me to assemble a sampler set for you, just email me at email@example.com and I'd be happy to help.
Last but not least I want to give a shout-out to the person who made this all possible - John Wagoner. Our collaboration to make terracotta easy gaiwans was the whole genesis of this summer's series, and I hope that you use it for future journeys into tea. John is a terrific guy who inspires me to dive more into tea, and he's been a constant cheerleader. I implore you to take an art class from him at Bossier Parish Community College if you're able, and more importantly see some of his amazing artwork (and purchase it!). Thanks John!
If you'd like me to host a lecture about tea for a group of your friends, your organization, or some other group, you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Instagram/Facebook. Also tag me if you post pictures using your gaiwan!
Thank you all for the support.