Friday, June 13, 2014

How tea and culture can help promote Taiwan? (6/8/2014@SBTPC)

We are invited by our good friends, Simon and Christine, to their church, SBTPC in Lomita City on 6/8/2014 to share our experience on:
"How to use tea and culture to help promote Taiwan in our community? "

Josephine has done a great job of presenting the TOST program that we have conducted since 2008.  It is an Ambassador program for Taiwan, not only in tea but true friendship.  She prepares so many good photos showing our tea friends' hands on studying Oolong in Taiwan.  Although I have seen those pictures a few times, yet they still refresh my good memory...and touch my heart while she explains them.  From the way our audience react, I can tell most of them are thinking how they can come up different programs of their own to help our mother country.

Since we have offered Tea-One Tasting Class at this church in the past, so I decided to offer a different tea class this time... Something new, something more adapted to our current lifestyle with tea.

Josephine and a few volunteers are busy serving tea that we've prepared in advance while I am talking about how Taiwan Oolong to be classified and how these teas are processed...

Those two teas we share with everyone - one is Alishan Jade Oolong in chilled and one Formosa Bonita FB-47 in room temperature.  A full demonstration of how we do our proper infusion...get them filled in bottles and to be chilled or cooled down to room temperature for serving.  This is indeed a new way of enjoyment with fine Taiwan Oolongs, a bit different from the traditional hot tea or iced tea service.  Most importantly, foods pairing now made really easy.  I know to see is to believe.

We love tea, we also enjoy sharing our passion in a creative way - before we end our program, I have great fun to lead all our participants to sing a tea song and sign-dancing...
It is about Wenshan Pouchong -
       step by step... we fluff the fresh leaf carefully and gently...
when the tea leaf's edge turns red... the luscious floral aroma will arrive...


Thursday, June 12, 2014

OOLOONG SOMMELIER - Post WTE 2014 Workshop for TOST friends on 6/1/2014

Back in early March, Josephine and I had thought of having a reunion with our TOST friends while World Tea Expo 2014 takes place in Long Beach and expecting a few of our friends will be in town this May.

After further working on this project, we got a much better idea.  First of all, include a full day training with "Theory" review (which we think is so important, actually it should be the center piece of our tea education.) Then, we will do a group cupping but with individual cupping log on the 6 teas that classified in Taiwan Oolong (based on the oxidation level: Pouchong, Jade Oolong, Classic TungTing, Amber Oolong, Oriental Beauty, and Formosa Bonita.) Following with a session of brainstorming on the tea serving...based on various occasions... as our cases study to help design your own tea menu and tea programs.  After the training in our office, the whole group will be moving over to the restaurant where we have made arrangement to have cuisines pairing with Ooloong.  This will give everyone  a good experience and to sum up this OOLOONG SOMMELIER training.

The following slide has documented this Post WTE 2014 program.  It is our first ever OOLOONG SOMMELIER training, and we believe it is a good experiment and the pattern can always be modified.  We thank our participants - Chris, Karen, Lisa, Lynn, Susie and Tania.  Also we are grateful to our staff: Dr. Liu and Karen Shu for helping out.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Getting Ready for World Tea Expo 2014

Time flies.
Feel like we just drove back from Vegas after a busy week working at the 2013 World Tea Expo.  And now, WTE 2014 is approaching.

Any special this year?

Oh yes.  Always have something new, something unique for Taiwan Tea to be presented on this stage for World Specialty Tea industry, not to mention that this year it will be right here in our back yard -  Long Beach, California.

First of all, let us take a look on our new booth -

Here are a few events:
World Origin Tasting Tour - Taiwan will be the last session, 4-4:45pm on 5/28 (Wednesday)
Special Event: Oolong Rolling Demo will be on the Special Event Stage, 3-4pm
on 5/30 (Friday)
Skill Building Workshop: Tea Baking Basics will be in WTE Classroom, 8-11am, 5/31 (Saturday)
Post WTE 2014 Workshop: OOLOONG SOMMELIER will be offered
for TOST Members Only, at 14520 Arrow Highway, Baldwin Park, CA on 6/1 (Sunday)

During the show hours, there will be a series of Taiwan Tea Classes taken place in booth #427.
Details can be seen on Taiwan Tea Programs

Monday, April 28, 2014

OOLOONG SOMMELIER @ San Diego Tea MeetUp (4/26/2014)

Josephine and I have thought of reaching out to the tea community in San Diego area.  How lucky that we have a good friend Dharlene, who's the organizer of San Diego Tea Group and she has been so generous to help us to arrange this session and also find this nice venue at "The Orchard" in San Diego.  Our topic has set to be Advanced Cupping, and I decide to give "OOLOONG SOMMELIER" a good trial.  This is a great group on this special evening of 4/26/2014, we've made it together.  So glad that "Azusa Tea Club" and "San Diego Tea Group" two meetup groups have this successful co-op event,  and for sure this won't be the last one.  Our hearty appreciation to Dharlene and San Diego Tea friends.

Pictures can say it all... Enjoy the following slideshow:

Taiwan Tea Workshop with TAP-SD on 4/26/2014

Linked by Dr. Paul Chen, and with great support from Grace Lin, the President of TAP-SD, we are pleased to come down to San Diego on 4/26/2014, to offer a "Tea-One Tasting Class" with their members and also a few friends from TACC-SD and NATWA-SD.   Very nice venue and with so many TA friends help... we can have our set up easily.  I am extremely surprised to meet many old friends here in TACC-SD.

Josephine shows her slides about TOST program that we conducted every October...and she has really convinced our TA friends that everyone can find some way to help promote Taiwan and the culture of our motherland.

As usual, we have 4 volunteers to help us do the hands on tea making along our tea tasting.  We have Catherine, Ann, Julia and Tweet, from the right to left, they have done a marvelous job for us.

Pleased to share with you the slides on this tea event:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 NYC Coffee & Tea Festival on 3/22-23/2014

Josephine and I were invited by our good friend Jeni Dodd, owner of Jeni's Tea, to participate 2014 NY Coffee and Tea Festival and also to be co-presenters of two workshops in the event.  One is "Taiwan Tea 101" on 3/22 (Saturday morning) and another one is "Finding the Harmony Code" on 3/23 (Sunday afternoon).  Thanks to Sharon Lo, Josephine's classmate back in junior high, to help make samples to serve our attendees.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Communitea @ San Marino City Library on 1/29/2014

It is becoming a tradition for Josephine and me to have a co-op Communitea program to celebrate Lunar New Year at the San Marino City Library.  We did have some improvement this year...not only the volunteers get to hands on tea-one experience, all audience get to view the tea samples that we are tasting and also to be able to sip each tea simultaneously...  We appreciate our volunteers on the front table, from left to the right:  Kurt, Marilyn, Vivian and Amy, to bear with me and work with me patiently along the session.  We also thanks a few good friends who are giving great helps to Josephine to prepare and serve teas... Justin, Tim, Teresa, Deb, Julia, Isabel...  Together, we all have a wonderful evening and hopefully everyone gets to know these teas more.  Sincerely wish that our tea friends there will bring this experience back to share tea with family and friends, more fun and more sense!  Happy Lunar New Year 2014 to all!


Thanks to our media friends -
Pasadena Star News for promoting this communitea event
San Marino Patch also posts this Tea-One Tasting event at the library.

Tea tasting with TAO-UCI on 1/22/2014

TAO-UCI has been waiting for this tea event for a while.  Josephine and I have to squeeze this day to come to the UCI campus before the Lunar New Year and have a hands on tea tasting with many of the new members of TAO.  Thanks to our volunteers, from the left: Leslie, Jojo, Tim and Justine to work closely on the stage with me.