While cozy in a private tea hut in Berkeley we will guide you through a tasting expedition, led by one of our highly trained tea "sommeliers". You will have a unique opportunity to taste the vast and ancient world of tea, become familiar with whole-leaf artisan varietals and their growing processes, learn how to develop your taste buds and expertly steep tea at home. We will begin our 2-hour workshop by tasting a variety of specialty White, Green, Oolong, Black, and Pu-erhs teas. As we taste each tea we'll explain what defines each category, share fun stories from visiting these farms in the east, and talk about the health benefits of each tea. Enjoy the presentation as each tea is prepared with mindfulness and precision, using specialty pots and tea tools in the traditional ways of the Chinese Tea Ceremony. Questions are always welcome and you will also have a chance to practice pouring tea for yourself, or friends and family. Guests have been enjoying this workshop as a casual outing and also as a corporate team building event!
Hello! My name is Darius. I am the Procurement Director and Head Tea Master for Teance Teas. For the last 15 year I have trained in Cha Tao (The Way of Tea), including an apprenticeship under Master Winnie Yu, venturing around the world visiting tea gardens in Japan, Taiwan, China and India; learning about the growing, harvesting, and preparation methods of this ancient art form. I specialize in teaching classes on White, Green, Oolong, Black, Pu-erh, and Herbal teas . I incorporate mindfulness practices into preparing and serving these teas and enjoys sharing all the healthy secrets with you.
Refreshment, local artisan pastries
Selections from our curated collections of White, Green, Oolong, Black, Pu-erh, and Herbal teas.
Speciality Yixing Purple Sand Clay teapots. Porcelain and Glass Gaiwans, used for expert tea making. Handmade matcha tea bowl
Discover a secret tea room tucked away in the heart of Berkeley. The hippest spot in town is typically by invitation only. All the local connoisseurs earned the privilege to hang with Darius and enjoy a flight from the most unique custom curated tea selection; collected from over 15 years in the tea industry. High stools along the tea counter give you a front row seat to the modern tea ceremony and the deep insight given with each tea. TheTeaSpot