World of Tea Series

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Rainier Valley Cultural CenterThank you so much for your support of the Northwest Tea Festival over the past eight years. We are pleased to continue our exciting and varied series of year-round tea events. The monthly series presents a unique opportunity for you to further explore the World of Tea and expand your tea knowledge and experience.

Events will be presented on the third Saturday of the month, in the lower event space of Rainier Arts Center in Columbia City (Southeast Seattle).


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Rainier Arts Center

Tea Aid

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.

photo: Sharada Prasad.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Cinnabar Wright Location: Rainier Arts Center

Post Fermented Teas

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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Cinnabar Wright Location: Rainier Arts Center

Spring Tea

Celebrate the first day of Spring with a fun and festive tasting of flower infusions! Infusions of flowers are a tradition in several countries, including China and Japan, which are of course known more widely for the production/consumption of true tea (Camellia sinensis). The flowers in the tasting will range from pure and delicate dried flowers, to true teas scented or combined with flowers, to a cake of aged flowers of the true tea plant. We will be surrounded by bright and delicate flavors, and infusions that range from pale and delicate to a riot of magenta. If you have never had the opportunity to taste any pure flower infusions this will be a fun adventure. if you have already experienced a taste of some of these beverages we expect you will probably discover something new that you were not already familiar with. Either way, this will be a great way to launch into Spring!

$15 per person

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 2:00am
Presenter: Roberta Fuhr Location: Rainier Arts Center


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. Limit 20 participants.

$25 per person.

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Photos from the World of Tea Series:

Japanese Tea and Sweets
Tatsuo Tomeoka