If the burgeoning number of cafes in this city is any indication, Brisbanites have fallen in love with their coffee beans. But a short course run by adult education specialists Bright Learning aims to see beverage drinkers similarly seduced by the wonder and pleasure of tea leaves.
Tea: brewing, mixing and tasting offers attendees the opportunity to learn all about the different varieties of tea, including black, green, red, white, herbal and flowering (as well as a host of other exotic blends that I can't pronounce, let alone spell).
The science of tea preparation will also be covered. For example, different infusers (metal, silicone or tea bag) can produce radically different results. So can different water temperatures. Different types of water. Different infusion times. Different leaves. Different vessels.
All of which is not intended to instill in participants a fear that they can't even get a decent cuppa right - but rather to open people's minds to the vast potential there is for the tasting, experimentation and enjoyment of tea.
Tea: brewing, mixing and tasting will be run by Dr Matthew Hynd, the Chief Tea Guru from Slurp. Launched in 2012, Slurp is a homegrown little company which creates and distributes funky tea blends and teawares. 'As we say, if your grandmother drinks it, then we don't stock it,' says Hynd.
You will emerge from Tea: brewing, mixing and tasting knowing a lot more about the history of tea, and the etiquette which prevails in the tea drinking world (such as whether to sip or slurp).
Tea tastings are also a feature of the course, with one previous participant describing her journey through Sencha green tea to Darjeeing First Flush (described as the 'champagne of teas') to White Tea infused with rose leaves as an 'adventure'.