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Come to a special tasting event to support relief efforts in Nepal, this Saturday, from 10:00am to noon, at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.
 
On May 23rd, Northwest Tea Festival is sponsoring a benefit for Nepal Earthquake relief efforts as part of the World of Tea series. Since Nepal is nestled in the Himalayas among many world-renowned tea growing regions, and is itself a producer of fine teas, it seems particularly appropriate that the tea community step up to provide some aid in Nepal’s time of suffering.

There will be a tasting of teas from that general region, principally Darjeeling and Nepal. There will also be tea items for sale contributed by local tea companies. 100% of the proceeds will go to the relief efforts. Additional cash, credit card, or check donations will be accepted as well. Cost is $20 per person. Pay in advance, or at the event.

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Several local tea companies are participating in this Northwest Tea Festival event, including +Phoenix Tea.
 
On May 23rd, Northwest Tea Festival is sponsoring a benefit for Nepal Earthquake relief efforts as part of the World of Tea series. Since Nepal is nestled in the Himalayas among many world-renowned tea growing regions, and is itself a producer of fine teas, it seems particularly appropriate that the tea community step up to provide some aid in Nepal’s time of suffering.

There will be a tasting of teas from that general region, principally Darjeeling and Nepal. There will also be tea items for sale contributed by local tea companies. 100% of the proceeds will go to the relief efforts. Additional cash, credit card, or check donations will be accepted as well. Cost is $20 per person. Pay in advance, or at the event.

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You should come to this.
 
Join us for the next installment in the World of Tea Series for an exploration of the intriguing world of post-fermented teas. Although the teas under this classification range greatly in appearance and taste, they all have in common a stage of production where true fermentation is induced in the tea, which continues to impact the tea as it ages and matures.

The most well-known sub-group of this category of teas is Puer, in both its raw (sheng) and “cooked” (shou) forms. Puer is always from Yunnan, China, and can be produced in several common forms, including loose, cakes, bricks, and tuocha, which is a bowl or nest shape.

Since Puer is more widely known and is fairly easy to find and experience, we are going to focus the tasting part of this event on post-fermented teas that are not Puer, which means they are made in areas outside of Yunnan, China, and are very different in character from Puer and from each other.

The tasting will include at least six different teas, and will include examples from Hunan Province in China, Japan, Korea, Anhui Province in China, and Malawi. We will also have a wide range of teas on display during the event to give attendees a look at how much variation there is in appearance, shape, and aroma.

The cost of the event is $15 per person, limited to 18 people.
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I need to buy more of that Lotus fuzhuan. We'll talk by email.
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Check it out.
 
Intrigue at the shop, involving aliens and cover-ups.
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Haha so good!
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- with Roberta Fuhr of Experience Tea Studio

Limited to 20 participants. Cost $25 per person.

What could be better than a class with our two favorite substances together experienced in all sorts of ways? Its kind of a Valentine's Day pre-treat! In this class we will taste five chocolates and five different single origin teas--having a sensory experience with all 25 possible combinations. Find your personal tea and chocolate favorite so you can share it with a friend on Valentines Day.

This class is appropriate for ages 10 and older.
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I am certain you would enjoy it. It's the first in the World of Tea Series, which I am very excited about.
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Refinements on something that was already pretty cool.
 
Tea Salon 2.0

Hello, Tea Friends!  The Tea Salon has been bringing tea people together for conversation and a little fun learning since 2011.  But after more than 3 years worth of weekly Salons, it's time to shake things up a little.  I'm excited to announce several changes to the Tea Salon for 2015.

There are four basic things to note that I think are all pretty cool:

COOL THING #1:  I'm excited to announce that since things have gone so well with the "Let's Talk Tea" show that I've been doing with +Eric Scott  (formerly of Happy Lucky's Teahouse, now of a tea research program at Tufts University), that I'm bringing him on to co-host the Salon as well!  We'll get back to Eric in a moment, but first:

COOL THING #2:  The schedule will change slightly; the Tea Salon will happen every other Sunday. I got some feedback that not every tea person wanted to join every week, so this change will give everyone some time to drink tea with their friends or whatever you might do when not hanging out on the Tea Salon.  HOWEVER, regardless of when "Let's Talk Tea" happens, there will be one after...so occasionally there will be three Tea Salons each month.  This should make it a little more special.

COOL THING #3:  Did I say more special?  Well, Eric and I were talking about our backgrounds (his in biology, mine in the humanities) and thought that it would be pretty cool if we traded off.  So we are!  When Eric takes the hosting lead, he'll try to bring in some stories from the lab, new research, or recent tea-and-health things that maybe making the rounds at the time (he's got a great story about a recent experiment about how you should brew your tea to maximize antioxidants).  When it's my turn, I'll focus on issues of language, history, or culture.  And, of course, we both can bring in bits about individual teas or what's going on in the industry.  

COOL THING #4:  "But wait!" I hear you asking.  "How will you focus on different topics?  Isn't the Tea Salon just a bunch of chatting about tea?"  Aha!  Well, it was...and it still will be for the most part.  The Tea Salon was originally intended to have an educational component.  The result?  Tea Salon 2.0 will start with a brief (10-15 minute) presentation on some topic.  It might be Eric or myself presenting something, or it might be another tea person talking about something going on that they're involved with.  Rather than a "suggested tea" then, we'll have more diversity in how you can get involved.  Maybe there'll be a thought-provoking blog post that ties into the presentation, or a brief video to watch or whatever.  Suffice it to say that each week will have something new and interesting and different.

So there you have it!
1)  Eric Scott is on board as a co-host of the Tea Salon!
2)  New and Improved Bi-Weekly Schedule!
3)  Specialties!
4)  Actual Content!

Please help us spread the word to your network of tea friends.  Where else can you spend an hour in your own home, yet still network with the tea industry folks, learn fascinating new things, and share tea with friends, all at the same time?
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Wouldn't you like to be able to write with tea?
Jessica Chan is raising funds for WINKPENS - Write with Wine, Juice or Tea. Get Creative. on Kickstarter! A glass fountain pen built to write with raw inks. Easily load this pen with virtually any fluid that contains a staining property.
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I don't want you to pass out, so I'll let it go for now.
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This is a teaser for the post-fermented tea event I will be presenting this Saturday. There will be several more teas in addition to these.
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Note: None of those teas are Puer.
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A handful of people, including +Michael J. Coffey, may appreciate this.
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I thought of this years ago.
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I'm really tired of idiot marketing people calling me and trying to sell me their services for making my company's Facebook and Google presence more effective. Personal engagement with our customers is the only thing that is going to work in this niche market. We can't outsource that.
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Much easier said than done, haha. I've attempted making tea three times and each was fairly bland and unimpressive.
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