Tea 101: From tea leaf to tea cup

Tea 101: From tea leaf  to tea cuptea 101 masterclass

“A Friday afternoon celebration of tea”

Spring Term: Friday 22 April

Friday: 2.45pm – 4.45pm 

Tutor: Pastor Prince Oliver

Master class Fee: £5:00

Fancy yourself as a tea buff? Are you a Tea Infusiast? Join us for our ‘Tea 101 class: from tea leaf to tea cup” at College4life in Ealing


Class Outline: Are you a Tea Infusiast?

Hosted in our upgraded sitting room our “Tea 101: From tea leaf to tea cup” is a treat for tea fanatics and interested friends alike.
This afternoon course is designed for tea lovers who would like to understand more about tea, where it comes from and how it’s manufactured. Our speaker grew up in a tea plantation in Kenya and will enthuse you with his knowledge and stories.
– The origins of the Tea Plant. What is Tea?
– Why all teas are different.
– The manufacture of black, green, yellow, white and flavoured teas.
– Tasting of samples from all categories. Perfect brewing.

Later the afternoon session will focus on the story from “bush and leaf to cup”, the differences in loose leaf and tea bags, tea and its health benefits, perfect brewing, and why we should all drink more of it!
As well as all this the fascinating etiquette of social tea drinking will be explored especially with reference to our shared history.

The day will conclude with an English cream tea of scones, cream, jam and maybe some cakes and a forum.


Contact us by email: info AT benedictine-institute DOT org

OR contact us
by post:  74, Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD
by telephone:  +44 (0) 20 8862 2156

Reading: Mary Lou Heiss -Robert J. Heiss,41gkj6vWpLL._SX412_BO1,204,203,200_
The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide (New York: Random House) 2007

Whether it’s a delicate green tea or a bracing Assam black, a cup of tea is a complex brew of art and industry, tradition and revolution, East and West. In this sweeping tour through the world of tea, veteran tea traders Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss chronicle tea’s influence across the globe and provide a complete reference for choosing, drinking, and enjoying this beverage.

The Story of Tea begins with a journey along the tea trail, from the lush forests of China, where tea cultivation first flourished, to the Buddhist temples of Japan, to the vast tea gardens of India, and beyond. Offering an insider’­s view of all aspects of tea trade, the Heisses examine Camellia sinensis, the tea bush, and show how subtle differences in territory and production contribute to the diversity of color, flavor, and quality in brewed tea.

Camellia sinensis

Camellia sinensis

They profile more than thirty essential tea varietals, provide an in depth guide to tasting and brewing, and survey the customs and crafts associated with tea. Sharing the latest research, they discuss tea’s health benefits and developments in organic production and fair trade practices. Finally, they present ten sweet and savory recipes, including Savory Chinese Marbled Eggs and Green Tea Pot de Crâme, and resources for purchasing fine tea.

Ealing Abbey, page edited 17 March 2016