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!
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?