Saturday, May 11, 2013
We are so honored to be invited to offer our Taiwan Oolong workshop for Tea Source and to be featured as the highlight of Tea Source' "Month of Taiwan". The audience as the owner of Tea Source said, are very different from the crowd we have at the FON. These attendees are more in tea for a while and they are here to learn more about Taiwan tea and the culture also the story behind each tea.
Norman Shu has done this one again and it is getting very positively involved from Tea Professionals both TTMA and TCTMA... I hope maybe on my next trip back to Taiwan, I will be lucky enough to participate their MeetUp. Taiwan tea professionals can get chance to see and cup different teas from different countries and also can compare and appreciate the Terriors of the different Origins.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Sunday (5/5/2013), we are having our second Taiwan Oolong workshop at the Festival. This time, the show management team has prepared a great sound system for us. It is rather easier...and many friends are actually attracted to our stage area while our program is moving along. Josephine leads the chanting with all attendee...so loud and a lot of fun! "Taiwan Oolong, the best tea!" that message is well delivered in the FON 2013!
I am grateful to Tea Source owner Mr. Bill Waddington for all his service. Good to have the volunteers who help us to make tea on the front table. Audrey, Kelsey, Jeff and Megan. Thank you all!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Josephine and I were invited to offer Taiwan Oolong Workshops in 2013 Minnesota Festival of Nations. Before our arrival, we have no clue at all about the FON. But, we immediately fall in love with this event and the big crowd that are abundance of various ethnic culture meet up under one big roof. We are so glad to be able to share our Taiwan tea and also Taiwanese culture here with many friends! This is on May 4th, our first workshop. We will have our second show on 5/5 (Sunday) as well.
Thanks to our good friend also the store manager of Tea Source in St. Paul, Lisa to take these great photos for us while we are working hard for the presentation. Hearty appreciation to Mr. Bill Waddington, owner of Tea Source, who has put up so much efforts to make this tea event happen. Of course, we are grateful to Taiwanese American Association in the Twin Cities who are our sponsor and give us their best support here at the Festival of Nations. Look at our volunteers they are not only helpful...they show tea is really a good bridge that link up the World! (Thank yo guys, Marina, Judy, Norman and Joshwa --- you have made my day in FON !!)
Oh, did I forget Steve and Michael...and so many friends from the FON's management team... thank you all for the great stage and also very nice PA system...
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Josephine is indeed a good story teller...She shares those photos she took in our recent trip to Kagoshima, Japan. We all got to taste the 2013 Spring Crop Wenshan Pouchong served by Karen while everyone is excited to learn about Kagoshima tea. Our compare cupping today is to have 4 Kagoshima Green Teas made from different cultivars:
Karen has prepared the water all in 170, and use 3 grams for 3 minutes for first infusion, and the second infusion with one minute steeping, we mixed the first and second infusion for everyone to cup. This is a great study and be able to hear different comments in aroma, flavor and finsih...from our friends about these cultivars. We will have a few more experiences to seek our direction for the new project with Kagoshima Tea.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Patti Harrison, our good friend, who actually is the first member who has enrolled with Azusa Tea Club since we organized this tea meet up back in December 2010. We are glad to have her to come up such a good topic. This is a great experience for most of us.
We might assume and agree before the session, yet her experiments actually give all of us an interesting proof. The whole session is well presented and not only the volunteers but all our friends interactively cupped and tasted to find the difference from tea to tea, with different teapots...and also different shapes of tea cups...We appreciate Patti's great efforts. (She did prepare outlines of this presentation, and we will email to everyone after her modification.)
Good luck to everyone, find the right teapot for your favorite tea... The fun journey of tea is long way to go!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
What a great way to celebrate Lunar New Year with community friends!
TUF and San Marino City Library co-sponsor this special tea event on 2/7/2013 evening. About 70 tea lovers show up on time and they all stay through the workshop. I can't thank enough to these 4 volunteers who partner with us to present this hands on Tea-One Tasting workshop.
(From left to right: Joyce, Nancy, Angelica and Ping)Please enjoy the Youtube video of this tea event, also a slideshow here for your review.
We should give credit to Pasadena Now for the promotion of this event. Also, thanks for the feedback from our friends on this tea workshop:
My thanks to you and Josephine for having such a wonderful event. I had a great time learning about tea. You make it fun and educational. Also, despite what you say, I think you sing very well. Angelica and I were very impressed. :-)---- Ping Nakkeow
Thank you Thomas and Josephine! I really enjoyed the tea tasting. I had a ton of fun!
---- Angelica Mata