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TASTE Tea House in Hayes Valley is hosting a series of educational and social tea meetups on Friday nights at the Tea House. Learn about the various benefits of tea and stay afterwards to meet fellow tea beginners and enthusiasts. Note: first meetup on 07/19/13 is donation based - 100% of donations will be given to the American Cancer Society.
Each meetup includes:
- a guest speaker on the topic and Q&A.
- teas for you to taste related to the talk.
- an opportunity to socialize and meet!
See below for individual meetup descriptions.
Social Health Benefits Meetup on 08/09/13, 8pm - 10pm
What exactly is gongfu cha? Come find out. We'll have a tutorial on how to brew gong fu cha - from setting up the teaware to sipping the tea.
In addition, Maria Molfino - who has been partnering with the tea house for her Masters project at Stanford - will talk about what her recent research and has revealed about how gongfu cha facilitates emotional and conversational intimacy. She will dig into the specific ingredients, such as ritual and sensory stimulation, that make gongfu cha such a potent social facilitator.
About Maria Molfino
Maria has a BA in psychology from McGill University and a Masters degree in learning, design, and technology from Stanford University. She is foremost a creator and communicator, combinging words, images, and materials to make the most compelling user experiences that both digital and physical. Her latest product is maketea, a physical tea kit and digital guide that teaches couples gongfu cha in hopes of deepening emotional intimacy and maintaining relationship health.
Physical Health Benefits Meetup on 07/19/13, 8pm - 10pm
*This meetup is completely donation based. 100% of donations will be given to the American Cancer Society.*
Taste is fortunate to have Shannon Campbell from Taeping Tea to share his passion about the health benefits of tea. Come by and you'll learn about:
- the main health benefits of tea
- the different health benefits from the major kinds of teas (Green,
White, Yellow, Oolong, Black and Pu-erh tea)
- polyphenals, amino acids, alkaloids, and minerals
- the truth about caffeine
- other interesting health facts that will never make you look at your
cup of tea the same way
About Shannon Campbell
Shannon Campbell is a tea entrepreneur and founder of Taeping Tea, which provides Taiwanese and Chinese varietals, as well as mid-grade to premium leaves to customers online. He focuses on offering a consummate tea-purchasing experience to fellow tea aficionados. At Taeping Tea, he works closely with customers to select the appropriate liquid to steep the leaves, aromatic balance, and rich flavor to satisfy their refined palate.
Mental Health Benefits Meetup on 07/26/13, 8pm - 10pm
Tea is mind revealed in nature - a profound expression of the relationship between nature and humanity. Beginning with the mythical Chinese emperor Shennong, it evolves over millennia before being inscribed in Lu Yu’s Chajing, or Tea Classic. Now, several centuries later, tea has become a global phenomenon.
Rustic and refined, the practice of tea welcomes moments of spiritual repose into our daily lives. A health tonic with numerous reported nutritional and curative benefits, tea is also a vehicle for cultivation of moral and spiritual virtues rooted in classical Chinese ideals of harmony between heaven, earth, and human. And, beyond these classical roots, tea is a transmission of mind, a culture without borders, a catalyst for the fulfillment of universal human values.
Please join us for this exciting event, which will feature a brief introduction to tea and mindfulness from classical Chinese and contemporary Western perspectives and gongfu-style brewing of several high-quality Pu’er teas in the wonderful ambiance of Taste teahouse.
About Brian Kirbis
Brian Kirbis has conducted research on Pu’er tea in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province from 2006 to the present. His work integrates ecological, socio-cultural, and spiritual perspectives so as to mirror the Chinese relation of heaven, earth, and man (tian di ren.) He has presented tea in numerous venues including private homes, teahouses, universities, national and international conferences, and botanical gardens both in the United States and China. Brian is committed to chadao as a form of embodied practice and to effecting the transmission of tea as a sublime expression of the relationship between nature and humanity.