Tea is the world’s most popular drink, and in the West, still the most misunderstood. As crucial to history as the spice trade and Industrial Revolution, tea has fundamentally shaped the world we live in today, through war, imperial conquest, and one of the earliest cases of corporate espionage.
This class will demystify the history, culture, and practice of tea to help attendees discover their new favorite beverage. We’ll dig into what exactly tea is and how it’s grown and processed, the regional styles and cultivars at various origins, the science (and stubborn myths) of making it, and the centuries-old secrets to brewing a pot as pleasurable as a glass of fine wine.
Max Falkowitz is a food writer and tea obsessive who has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, and other publications. His work on tea culture has received a James Beard Award for beverage writing, and he continues to travel the world’s great tea regions in search of his next cup. Falkowitz is the co-author of the Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook with Helen You, and in addition to his writing, is a consultant in the tea world for renowned brands including In Pursuit of Tea.
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