Tea Lectures & Classes
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The Cozy Tea Cart has several Tea Lectures and Classes to offer.
Our Tea Lectures are available for libraries, private functions, business wellness programs, hospital outreach programs, college adult education programs and community events. For more information, lecture rates, or to schedule a Tea Lecture for your organization please contact Danielle by email or by calling 603-249-9111. Visit our Calendar of Events to find upcoming lectures that are open to the public.
Our Tea Classes are held in the intimate and cozy atmosphere of TCTCs Shop and are offered on several evenings throughout the year. Classes include an informative presentation as well as tea sampling. Registration is required as class size is limited. All class attendees are eligible for a 10% discount on teas and merchandise purchased during the classes. Visit our Calendar of Events to find upcoming classes.
All Tea Lectures and Classes are presented by The Cozy Tea Cart’s owner Danielle Beaudette. Danielle is one of the first 15 individuals in the world to be certified as a Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute, NY. She has researched and learned first-hand about the production of tea through her Asian tea travels. Her tea shop in Brookline, NH sells only the finest, high quality, freshly imported teas, and has earned the title of Best of NH from New Hampshire Magazine. Since opening her shop Danielle has been dedicated to educating her customers. The invaluable information she has received from her travels to the tea estates in Asian countries, from attending World Tea Expo seminars, and from the Specialty Tea Institute certified educational programs has provided her with insights on the current trends of the tea industry and advanced awareness of the latest studies on the health benefits of tea.
Current Lectures and Classes
Basics of Tea
Ever wonder about the differences between white, green, oolong and black teas or loose tea vs. tea bags? Come learn about the different types of tea and production processes. Let Danielle demystify all your questions while you enjoy tea samples from around the world.
Boston Tea Party Lecture
In this lecture we discuss the discovery of tea and its impact on history as early as the 1600s. We will discuss how tea impacted England, the East India Company, the Townshend Revenue Act, the Boston Massacre, the Tea Act of 1773, and of course lets not forget the Boston Tea Party. Also discussed will be the Intolerable Act, smugglers, and financial, technological and agricultural innovation, all brought about because of a simple cup of whole leaf tea!
Cooking with Tea
Bring your appetite! Throughout this lecture, you will sample a variety of seasonal foods cooked with the newest secret ingredient - tea! Danielle will teach you how tea can enhance your food and you will benefit by the essential nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants found in tea. The teas used in the food will also be sampled for each recipe. Handouts about the tea and cooking with tea will be available. Easy to follow step-by-step recipes will be provided to all participants so they can re-create the recipe at home!
Cupping Tea: Black Tea Tasting
In this class, we will cup eight teas from around the world. We will conduct a tea-tasting for you using professional cupping sets. While you are led through a sampling of black teas, we will discuss their origin and how they are manufactured. All participants will leave with a solid knowledge of the harvesting and production of black teas from a variety of countries, and their proper brewing and storage methods.
Cupping Tea: Green Tea Tasting
In this class, we will cup eight unique Green teas from China , Japan, Ceylon and Korea. We will conduct a tea-tasting for you using professional cupping sets. While you are led through a sampling of green teas, we will discuss their origin, how they are manufactured, and the different nuances of flavor and aroma of each tea. All participants will leave with a solid knowledge of the harvesting and production of green teas, and their proper brewing and storage methods.
Cupping Tea: Japanese Green Tea Tasting
We will explore a variety of unique organic specialty teas from small tea estates in Japan. They will be prepared using Japanese teaware and customs. Both cold brew and hot brew will be explored. This is an opportunity to taste exquisite teas that are not exported from Japan!
Cupping Tea: Oolong Tea Tasting
In this class, we will cup eight exquisitely rich Oolong teas from China and Taiwan well known for their premium oolongs. We will conduct a tea-tasting for you using professional cupping sets. While you are led through a sampling of oolong teas, we will discuss their origin, how they are manufactured, and the different nuances of flavor and aroma of each tea. All participants will leave with a solid knowledge of the harvesting and production of oolong teas, and their proper brewing and storage methods.
Health Benefits of Tea
During this lecture, attendees will first learn about the health benefits of adding whole-leaf tea to their daily diet. Danielle will answer commonly asked questions regarding tea and antioxidants, caffeine, and which tea is best, black, oolong, green, white, or pu-erh. Throughout the lecture, attendees will sample a variety of specialty whole leaf teas.
Iced Tea Reali-TEA
In this interactive lecture, attendees will first learn about how iced tea was discovered and its history in the US. We will talk about the different brewing methods for loose tea, and the healthiest ways to drink your tea iced. Ready to drink (RTD) teas, sun tea, and the importance of the type of water used to brew your tea will be part of our discussions. During the lecture, indulge yourself in our freshly brewed teas!
Jeopar-TEA (fun for Seniors)
Yes, this is similar to the TV version of Americas favorite show, Jeopardy, but a whole lot more fun! We have recreated this show with a game board with every question having to do with tea! The game operates the same as a quiz competition, however the contestants are presented with a cheat sheet to help them along. The room is divided between two groups who compete against each other. They are provided with clues in the form of answers and they must phrase their response in question form, just like the original show! Tea and scones are provided for the guests. This is a fantastic event for seniors!
Pairing Tea with Cheese
We've enjoyed tea with rich clotted Cream on scones, and as an accompaniment to desserts made with dairy products. Why not enjoy tea with cheese? For this class, a variety of specialty teas and cheeses has been carefully chosen for sampling and discussion. We will study the different pairings by strengths, aroma, and texture of both the teas and the cheeses and learn how they complement each other.
Pairing Tea with Chocolate
Enhance your taste buds with a chocolate and tea pairing! In this interactive lecture you will start by sampling a variety of chocolate with specialty teas. Next, you will learn a brief background on the production of the cocoa bean and the tea plant and the similarities between the two of them. Then you will learn how to properly taste chocolate and tea and what you should be looking for. We will finish with sampling five different teas paired with chocolate ranging from 35% - 85% cocoa!
Pre-Bachelorette Party Tea Blending Class
Start your bachelorette celebration with a private tea blending class with your bridesmaids and closest friends (Hint: It makes great personalized favors!) During the class, enjoy tea and home-made scones, finger sandwiches and a sweet treat! This class is designed as both an educational and fun hands-on learning experience. We will examine the countries of origin, health benefits and flavor profiles of the base teas used. You will be provided with a list of potential combinations to help simplify the blending process. A copy of your recipe will be kept at TCTC so we can re-create your blend any time! The cost for the class is $20.00/person plus the cost of your custom blend. Book today and receive a FREE gift the day of your class!
Tea Bingo (fun for Seniors)
A fun and entertaining game to bring people of all ages together! Every word on the board is focused on afternoon tea. There are five fun categories with over 50 tea related items. When done, you will be educated in the rich tradition of entertaining an afternoon tea. A sampling of a variety of teas will be provided throughout this event.
These workshops are designed as both an educational and fun hands-on learning experience in the art of blending tea. We will examine the countries of origin, health benefits and flavor profiles of the base teas used. You will learn why we choose certain herbs, spices, flowers, fruit, and flavorings and the health benefits of these ingredients. Create your own 2 oz bag of custom blended tea using a variety of ingredient combinations that complement each other. We will provide you with a list of potential combinations to help simplify the blending process. Each workshop is 1½ hours long. We will keep a copy of your recipe so the next time you visit TCTC we can re-create your blend. You will leave the class with a solid understanding of the ingredients and the background of the teas in your own unique blend! Workshop cost is $20.00 plus the cost of your custom 2oz blend (approx. $5.75- $6.50). Class size is limited to 6 people and a 24 hour notice is required to reschedule your class. Registration is required. Gift Certificates are available.
Tea Tasting for Two
Join us at The Cozy Tea Cart for a tea tasting and lecture. In this class, we will discuss the processing and harvesting of all types of tea including the differences between each tea type. Also discussed will be topics such as caffeine content in tea, how to prepare loose tea, the differences between loose tea and tea bag tea, and more! You will choose four teas from our wide selection of loose teas to taste and enjoy. Call today to schedule your tea tasting!
$20.00 per person
Tea Travels through China
Learn all about traveling throughout China, from the tea fields of the Hunan Province to those of Anhui. We will present tea rooms in Shanghai and Beijing as well as historical ancient sites. The processing and harvesting of tea will be covered as well as Danielle's personal experiences with the growers and people of these countries. Throughout the presentation, enjoy sipping teas harvested directly from these tea estates.
Tea Travels through India & Sri Lanka
Join TCTC owner Danielle Beaudette as she discusses her travel experiences in the tropical tea lands of Sri Lanka and India. In this presentation, you will learn about the tea leaf from harvest to production, as well as the amazing people who cultivate the leaf. Included are Danielle's personal experiences with the growers and people of these countries, as well as picturesque views of their landscape. Throughout the presentation you will have the opportunity to sip teas harvested directly from these tea estates.
Traveling through Kathmandu and the Tea Estates of Nepal
Travel through the tropical tea lands of Nepal! In this presentation, you will learn about the tea leaf from harvest to production, as well as the amazing people who cultivate the leaf. Included are Danielle's personal experiences with the growers and people of these countries, as well as photos of picturesque views of Kathmandu, the temples, and other landscapes. Throughout the presentation you will be able to sample a selection of specialty teas from Nepal.
The Social Impact of Tea in Our History
This lecture provides an engaging discussion on the social impact of tea in our history and society. We will begin with the discovery of tea and learn first about the spread of tea throughout Europe. The tea trade with China and the Opium Wars, its impact on the US, and the First World War will be discussed, and the current status of tea today. Throughout the presentation, enjoy sipping teas from the major tea producing countries.
Cupping Tea: White Tea Tasting
In this class, we will cup six unique white teas from China. We will conduct a tea-tasting for you using professional cupping sets. While you are led through a sampling of white teas, we will discuss their origin, how they are manufactured, and the different nuances of flavor and aroma of each tea. All participants will leave with a solid knowledge of the harvesting and production of white teas, and their proper brewing and storage methods.