Guest Teacher for June, 2019

Events, Special Guests
🏮 Tea of the Immortals: A Taste of Sichuan Tea Culture

  • Date & Time: 2019-06-25, 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration Closes Sunday, June 23rd)
  • Duration: About 2 Hours

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)


By purchasing your ticket, you agree to the following:
After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and event info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!


 
Things To Know:

  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (You’re welcome to take notes on paper, and pictures before and after.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
  4. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  5. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About The Event

Sichuan’s Méng Dǐng (蒙頂) holds a legitimate claim to the title of the origination point for tea cultivation, with the first records of cultivated tea on that peak dating to the 50s, B.C.E.

My long-time tea friend and traveling companion, Chloé Womack, recently spent two months at Wenshuyuan Monastery, Chengdu, studying the particularities of Sichuan’s epic tea culture. We’re very fortunate to welcome her back to PDX TEA, where she’ll share some of the fruits of the instruction she received there.

She’ll prepare two classic teas of Sichuan, both of which she (personally!) handcrafted at Wenshuyuan Monastery, while studying under Master Yì Zhì (亦智法師): Méng Dǐng Gānlù (蒙頂甘露), and Méng Dǐng Huángyá (蒙頂黃芽).

She’ll share her first-hand understanding of the production of these teas, as well as what she’s learned and observed about the current and historical traditions of Sichuan Tea Culture.

We hope you can join us for this incredibly special opportunity!

Silent Saturday for July, 2019

Events, Silent Saturdays
🏮 Silent Saturday: 1999 Kunming 紅中紅 (Red in Red Raw Pu’er)

  • Date & Time: 2019-07-13, 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration Closes Thursday, July 11th)
  • Duration: About 1 & 1/2 Hour
    (two 1/2 hour sessions with time to get settled & a break)

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)

By purchasing your ticket, you agree to the following:
After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and event info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!


 
Things To Know About Silent Saturdays:

  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (No notes or pictures during these sittings.)
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • Silent Saturdays are a chance to be fully with the tea, and with yourself. This can be challenging, but we can all do our best to support each other’s efforts! Thank you.

 
Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
  4. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  5. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About This Event

There are a few sessions I’m regularly asked to repeat. One of those that’s most consistently in that category is silent tea. I’m not a meditation teacher, but I’ll give you some simple guidance to help you get a lot out of these sessions, and some resources you can use to extend your practice if you find it helpful enough that you’d like to pursue it outside the tea room. We’ll drink one or two very special teas.

If not literally silent, each of these sessions will move in the direction of quiet, settled stillness.

This month, we’ll be drinking a Hong Kong & Taiwan dry storage Kunming 紅中紅 (Red in Red) shēng bǐng from 1999. The drier storage has helped this tea maintain a somewhat cooler character; it should be a welcome feeling for a July afternoon.

Silent Saturday for June, 2019

Events, Silent Saturdays
🏮 A Very Special Episode at Minto Island

  • 2019-06-08, 10:00 a.m.
    Join us at Minto Island Tea Farm for their open house! (map)
  • 1:30 p.m.
    Silent Tea (Also @ Minto Island — Please Note Time Change)
  • (Registration Closes Thursday, June 6th)
  • Duration: About 1 & 1/2 Hour
    (two 1/2 hour sessions with time to get settled & a break)

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)

By purchasing your ticket, you agree to the following:
After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and event info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!


 
Things To Know About Silent Saturdays:

  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (No notes or pictures during these sittings.)
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • Silent Saturdays are a chance to be fully with the tea, and with yourself. This can be challenging, but we can all do our best to support each other’s efforts! Thank you.

 
Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
  4. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  5. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About This Event

There are a few sessions I’m regularly asked to repeat. One of those that’s most consistently in that category is silent tea. I’m not a meditation teacher, but I’ll give you some simple guidance to help you get a lot out of these sessions, and some resources you can use to extend your practice if you find it helpful enough that you’d like to pursue it outside the tea room. We’ll drink one or two *very* special teas.

If not literally silent, each of these sessions will move in the direction of quiet, settled stillness.

This month, we have a really cool opportunity. At 10:00 a.m. on June 8th, Minto Island tea farm is hosting their annual open house. Anyone who wants can join us for the tea farm tour, Q & A, and tasting of Minto grown & produced teas.

After that, we’ll find a quiet corner of the farm to drink a Taiwan Storage CNNP 藍印圓茶 (Blue Mark Round Tea). (I actually don’t remember how old this one is, but it’s *really* nice.) I’m excited to share it with you, outdoors, near growing tea!

You can find out more about Minto Island and their open house at their website: mintoislandtea.com/events/2019/6/8/open-house

Focused Friday for June, 2019

Events, Focused Fridays
🏮 Focused Friday: 四大紅袍

  • Date & Time: 2019-06-14, 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration Closes Wednesday, June 12th)
  • Duration: About 2 & 1/2 Hours

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)


By purchasing your ticket, you agree to the following:
After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and event info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!


 
Things To Know:

  • The intent of Focused Fridays is to provide a quiet environment where we can all learn by giving our full attention to the tea.
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (You’re welcome to take notes on paper, and pictures before and after.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
  4. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  5. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About Focused Fridays

Friday turned out to be a surprisingly popular time to have events, so this year, I’m going to use it to do tastings and classes that fall somewhere in-between the Talkin’ Tea Tuesday vibe and the Silent Saturday vibe. We’ll often explore comparisons — weather of teas, techniques, ideas, or practices — that will help you get the feel for important aspects of tea.

We may talk, but mostly we’ll observe.

Sadly, I had to cancel April’s 大紅袍 (Dà Hóng Páo — Big Red Robe) comparison tasting due to a poorly timed cold, so I’ve rescheduled it for June. We’ll sample four examples, talk a little bit about some canonical characteristics of the tea, and see if we can agree on which one gets closest to the mark.

Dà Hóng Páo is the most famous of the (roughly) 6 famous varieties of 岩茶 (yán chá — cliff tea). Yán chá is the distinctive, heavily oxidized, deeply roasted wulong style of the Wuyi Mountain area of Fujian Province. Dà Hóng Páo (literally “Big Red Robe”) is a much-storied, much-coveted, and rarely authentic tea. We’ll explore what that means during the event.

Talkin’ Tea Tuesday for June, 2019

Events, Talkin' Tea Tuesdays
🏮 Talkin’ Tea Tuesday: Brewing

  • Date & Time: 2019-06-11, 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration Closes Sunday, June 9th)
  • Duration: About 2 & 1/2 Hours

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)


By purchasing your ticket, you agree to the following:
After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and event info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!


 
Things To Know:

  • Talkin’ Tea Tuesdays are casual and fun, but please do respect the tea, and other participants’ experience.
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (You’re welcome to take notes on paper, and pictures before and after.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
  4. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  5. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About Talkin’ Tea Tuesdays

Tuesdays’ events have been consistently fun gatherings, anchored by a lovely, sociable group of regulars. Rather than always using these to highlight monthly featured teas, as I did last year, I’m going to change it up a bit, month to month. Featured teas will still make appearances, but we’ll also do tastings and classes that are just for fun, just for learning, or along other lines as appropriate to the group, season, et cetera.

We’ll taste, discuss, and enjoy teas and techniques in a convivial atmosphere.

If you missed my brewing class at The Jasmine Pearl, this is another chance to get in on it! I’ll demonstrate the process, we’ll do hands-on practice together, and you’ll get to take home an informative and readable handout to draw on as you continue to practice on your own.

Silent Saturday for May, 2019

Events, Silent Saturdays
🏮 Silent Saturday: ’00s CNNP 樟香餅 (Camphor Fragrance Raw Pu’er)

  • Date & Time: 2019-05-11, 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration Closes Thursday, May 9th)
  • Duration: About 1 & 1/2 Hour
    (two 1/2 hour sessions with time to get settled & a break)

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)


Important: After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and your tasting info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!

Things To Know:

  • Silent Saturdays are a chance to be fully with the tea, and with yourself. This can be challenging; let’s all do our best to support each other’s efforts.
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (No notes or pictures during the sitting.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  4. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
  5. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About Silent Saturdays

There are a few sessions I’m regularly asked to repeat. One of those that’s most consistently in that category is silent tea. I’m not a meditation teacher, but I’ll give you some simple guidance to help you get a lot out of these sessions, and some resources you can use to extend your practice if you find it helpful enough that you’d like to pursue it outside the tea room. We’ll drink one or two *very* special teas.

If not literally silent, each of these sessions will move in the direction of quiet, settled stillness.

This month, we’ll be drinking a Taiwan Storage CNNP 布朗樟香餅 (Bùlǎng Mountain Camphor Fragrance Cake) from 2000 or 2001.

Focused Friday for May, 2019

Events, Focused Fridays
🏮 Focused Friday: ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’00s 包種 (Bao Zhong Wulong)

  • Date & Time: 2019-05-10, 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration Closes Wednesday, May 8th)
  • Duration: About 2 & 1/2 Hours

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)


Important: After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and your tasting info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!

Things To Know:

  • The intent of Focused Fridays is to provide a quiet environment where we can all learn by giving our full attention to the tea.
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (You’re welcome to take notes on paper, and pictures before and after.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  4. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
  5. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About Focused Fridays

Friday turned out to be a surprisingly popular time to have events, so this year, I’m going to use it to do tastings and classes that fall somewhere in-between the Talkin’ Tea Tuesday vibe and the Silent Saturday vibe. We’ll often explore comparisons — weather of teas, techniques, ideas, or practices — that will help you get the feel for important aspects of tea.

We may talk, but mostly we’ll observe.

For May’s Focused Friday, we’ll be sampling four 包種老茶 (Aged Bāo Zhǒng). While it’s tempting to imbue old teas with a certain magic, some are better than others, sometimes in unexpected ways. I’m excited to share and compare these teas with you!

Talkin’ Tea Tuesday for May, 2019

Events, Talkin' Tea Tuesdays
🏮 Talkin’ Tea Tuesday: Taiwan, Dawn & Dusk

  • Date & Time: 2019-05-14, 1:00 p.m.
  • (Registration Closes Sunday, May 12th)
  • Duration: About 2 & 1/2 Hours

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)


Important: After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and your tasting info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!

Things To Know:

  • Talkin’ Tea Tuesdays are casual and fun, but please do respect the tea, and other participants’ experience.
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (You’re welcome to take notes on paper, and pictures before and after.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  4. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
  5. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About Talkin’ Tea Tuesdays

Tuesdays’ events have been consistently fun gatherings, anchored by a lovely, sociable group of regulars. Rather than always using these to highlight monthly featured teas, as I did last year, I’m going to change it up a bit, month to month. Featured teas will still make appearances, but we’ll also do tastings that are just for fun, just for learning, or along other lines as appropriate to the group, season, et cetera.

We’ll taste, discuss, and enjoy several teas in a convivial atmosphere.

For May’s Talkin’ Tea Tuesday, we’ll be sampling from the light (dawn) and dark (dusk) ends of the Taiwanese wulong spectrum. The tasting will be bookended by a very special 梨山高山茶 (Lí Shān High Mountain Wulong), personally carried to us by my partner Casey’s dad; as well as some really rich 木柵鐵觀音老茶 (Aged Mùzhà Tiě Guānyīn). I may have a pretty cool surprise in the middle, as well. :)

Silent Saturday for April, 2019

Events, Silent Saturdays
🏮 Silent Saturday for April, 2019: ’90s 紅印 (Red Mark Raw Pu’er)

  • Date & Time: 2019-04-13, 1:00 p.m.
  • Duration: About 1 & 1/2 Hour
    (two 1/2 hour sessions with time to get settled & a break)

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)

Important: After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and your tasting info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!

Things To Know:

  • Silent Saturdays are a chance to be fully with the tea, and with yourself. This can be challenging; let’s all do our best to support each other’s efforts.
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (No notes or pictures during the sitting.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  4. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
  5. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About Silent Saturdays

There are a few sessions I’m regularly asked to repeat. One of those that’s most consistently in that category is silent tea. I’m not a meditation teacher, but I’ll give you some simple guidance to help you get a lot out of these sessions, and some resources you can use to extend your practice if you find it helpful enough that you’d like to pursue it outside the tea room. We’ll drink one or two *very* special teas.

If not literally silent, each of these sessions will move in the direction of quiet, settled stillness.

This month, we’ll be drinking from a Hong Kong & Taiwan Storage 紅印 (Red Mark) Cake from the mid ’90s.

Focused Friday for April, 2019

Events, Focused Fridays
🏮 Focused Friday for April, 2019: 四大紅袍 (4 Dà Hóng Páo Wuyi Wulong)

  • Date & Time: 2019-04-12, 1:00 p.m.
  • Duration: About 2 & 1/2 Hours

Ticket Prices (What’s this?)

Important: After registration closes, I’ll send your ticket and your tasting info to the email address you submit using the form below.
I do this personally; it is not an automated process. I will not use any information you submit for other purposes, unless you give me permission to do so in the form. Thank you!

Things To Know:

  • The intent of Focused Fridays is to provide a quiet environment where we can all learn by giving our full attention to the tea.
  • For every PDX TEA event, please keep yourself as free as possible from any fragrances, including “natural” fragrances. :)
  • To keep your palate clear, I suggest avoiding dairy the day of the event.
  • I also suggest avoiding any toothpaste containing SLS — sodium laurel/laureth sulfate. (SLS can temporarily suppress your ability to perceive sweetness.)
  • I’ll provide a special place for you to put your cell phone during the event. (You’re welcome to take notes on paper, and pictures before and after.)
  • The PDX TEA Room is a shoes-off environment.

Registration Terms:

I create PDX TEA events with great love and attention, through many hours of research, practice, and preparation; procurement of tea, production of materials, printing of handouts, planning of dog care, and so on. The following guidelines help me maintain the high standard of your experience, and the sustainability of my organization:

  1. All events are pre-registration only. (No at-the-door ticket sales.)
  2. Registration ends 48 hours before the event’s start time.
  3. Each event has a maximum of 7 guests, and a minimum of 3 guests.
  4. If an event does not have 3 guests registered by the time registration ends, I may choose to reschedule or cancel the event. (If I cancel it, I will promptly refund you your money via PayPal.)
  5. If you want to register, but the cutoff time has passed, please contact me directly by text message, as soon as possible, at (971) 258-2832. (Yes, that’s 971 Club Tea. :)
Thank you so much for understanding the importance of these considerations!

 

About Focused Fridays

Friday turned out to be a surprisingly popular time to have events, so this year, I’m going to use it to do tastings and classes that fall somewhere in-between the Talkin’ Tea Tuesday vibe and the Silent Saturday vibe. We’ll often explore comparisons — weather of teas, techniques, ideas, or practices — that will help you get the feel for important aspects of tea.

We may talk, but mostly we’ll observe.

For April’s Focused Friday, we’ll be sampling four 大紅袍 (Dà Hóng Páo). Dà Hóng Páo is the most famous of the (roughly) 6 famous varieties of 岩茶 (yán chá — cliff tea). Yán chá is the distinctive, heavily oxidized, deeply roasted wulong style of the Wuyi Mountain area of Fujian Province. Dà Hóng Páo means “Big Red Robe,” and is a much-storied, much-coveted, and rarely authentic tea. We’ll explore what that means during the event.