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Published September 19th 2012
The art of a good cup of tea
How many of you love a good cup of tea? Have you ever thought much about the origins of tea, or why it's so enjoyable to share a cup of tea with our loved ones? As an ardent fan of herbal teas when I saw the opportunity for a tea tasting at Beyond the Ordinary Tea House and Healing Centre, I immediately booked it.
Walking up the staircase I already felt a magical journey had begun , fairy lights and beautiful sketches and lovely quotes on the walls marked the entrance.
There were four of us that turned up to learn about the art of tea that evening. Colleen began by speaking about her connection to tea. Tea time for her British father was very important so he taught her the art of making a good cup of tea. At the age of 9, she became fascinated by herbs and started studying their medicinal properties. Colleen's love of teas took her to Japan where she studied the Japanese art of the tea ceremony. She then returned to Sydney to open her own tea house and with her unique approach to teas and healing she provides a wonderful service in Balmain.
I was fascinated to learn that tea is like wine, the flavour and taste is influenced by where it's planted. I also learned that when we use tea bags we are not getting the full flavour of the tea. They tend to use the cheaper powder from the tea leaves, so tea from tea bags is bland. Tea bags also add waste to already overflowing landfills. She also explained that when we share a pot of tea as opposed to an individual tea bag, we take a moment out of our busy day and connect with one another.
All of Colleen's teas are loose leaf, and most are organic and high quality and they smell divine!
As Colleen began to prepare an Earl Gray tea she placed the tea into a beautiful glass tea pot. She said the tea likes to be able to move in the teapot, and that it is beautiful to watch the tea brewing in the pot. She is correct, I had never taken the time to sit and appreciate how a cup of tea is made. Once the fragrant tea was poured into our cups, we took a moment to close our eyes and inhale the scent of the tea, sipping slowly. This was the first time in my life that I had ever drunk tea mindfully. As Colleen says, "We can slow down life with the tea. Tea time is time out to be savoured."
We sampled several teas throughout the evening. A highlight was The Mystique tea, which is a blend of Oolong and Gaba. Oolong has excellent benefits brimming with antioxidants and Gaba helps to make us feel more at ease and happy. The night finished with "Liquid Hug," a tea for the evening which helps balance the stressed out body with licorice and ginger.
The tea tasting goes for a full two hours, and we left that evening in a wonderful relaxed state, having learned so much about tea and the art of making it and drinking it.
Of course, we had to check out Colleen's impressive array of teas and take some home with us.
I highly recommend going to Colleen's tea tasting event, you will leave more relaxed and educated about tea and how it helps to heal your body - something most of us drink every day.
Go to www.beyondtheordinary.com.au to learn more about Beyond the Ordinary Tea House and to book a tea tasting ceremony.