Like many of you, my first taste of tea was bitter, lacking in flavour and in aroma. Why? Because my mother, who brewed me that first cup, didn’t understand how to prepare such a delicate and subtle product. But I could tell there was more to tea, and despite a lacking cup from time to time, I persisted.
Over the years that followed, I made it my mission to learn how to brew the perfect cup. I visited Japanese tea shops, sat with elderly European tea enthusiasts, stood on the Chinese slopes where teas were grown, and I listened. I learned. And now I want to share that knowledge with you.
You’ll start with just what I started with – questions. You’ll wonder how those couple of leaves with hot water added to them, can become such a refreshing delicious drink (not to mention one that’s healthy, energizing and calorie free.) You’ll learn the answers to these questions, to what exactly tea is, and to how you can make the perfect cup.
Together, we’ll travel into lush tea fields and follow the leaves’ journey: from being picked, right through to landing in someone’s teapot somewhere in the world. We’ll discover what makes each tea type unique, and how they should look, smell and taste. We’ll discover the secret of rare teas, and start to unravel the mysteries of just how there can be so many flavours in seemingly simple leaves.
Finally, we’ll realise we don’t only need to study the present to understand tea, but also the past. We’ll go deeper into the rabbit hole. Travelling back into history, and discovering the journey of tea from thousands of years ago until now. Like the old saying goes “You have to know the past to understand the present.”