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Some time ago, while on vacation in China, I was bitten by the 'tea bug'. The more I learned about Chinese teas, the more interested I became. Upon my return to the U.S., I was excited to seek out other people and other venues where I could continue tasting and learning about tea, teawares and tea culture. This proved to be an extremely difficult task!

I have formed this meetup social to bring together others who share the same passion for true tea. We will taste and discuss green, white, oolong, black and puerh teas from China, Taiwan, Japan and India. Our group will visit tea houses, tea events and perhaps once we get to know each other have tea socials at each other's homes.

Members' suggestions and participation are encouraged in order to keep it interesting.

Although we would like to keep a non-strict, casual environment, RSVP is necessary in order to prepare accordingly. Three no-shows will result in your exclusion from the group.

I am looking forward to making new friends among all the other tea lovers out there!

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Virtual Chinese Oolong Tea Tasting

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Our Virtual Chinese Oolong Tea Tasting is scheduled for Sunday, September 20th, 2020, at 3:00 PM and will be a tasting of four different varieties of Chinese Oolong Teas Dancong / Fragrant Tieguanyin / Traditional Tieguanyin / Rou Gui ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is extremely important that members who would like to participate in the upcoming Virtual Chinese Oolong Tea Tasting, place their order for the tasting teas before Thursday, September 10, 2020, in order for the tasting teas to be shipped and delivered to you on time. Please place your order for the Virtual Chinese Oolong Tea Tasting today by following the link below; https://www.newyorkteasociety.com/product-page/virtual-chinese-oolong-tea-tasting-group The Virtual Chinese Oolong Tea Tasting order will include 7 grams of each of the 4 varieties of Chinese oolong teas listed below; Dancong / Fragrant Tieguanyin / Traditional Tieguanyin / Rou Gui ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To participate in this Virtual Tea Gathering, you will need to Download Zoom onto your phone, Ipad, laptop, or PC from www.zoom/download You will receive a Zoom link to the Virtual Tea Tasting with the tea tasting order. We ask that you be prepared to join the Virtual Tea Tasting by 2:55 pm with your *tea brewing set up in front of you. The guided tasting will begin at 3:00 pm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In addition to the teas which will be delivered to you, there are also some items that you will need to provide for the Virtual Tea Tasting. Below is a list of these items; *MINIMUM REQUIRED ITEMS Electric Water Kettle Gaiwan Tea Cup Fairness Pitcher Tea Tray or Table Runner/Tea Waste Bowl Tea Towel OPTIONAL ITEMS Timer Tea Strainer Tea Leaf Scoop/Holder Scale Thermometer NYTS Tea Market has Tea Accessories, including Beginner Gongfu Tea Sets available for purchase if needed. https://www.newyorkteasociety.com/shop Feel free to send questions to [masked]

International Tea Stories

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INTERNATIONAL TEA STORIES Although we are called the New York Tea Society, our members derive from all around the globe. Undoubtedly, most of us were introduced to tea in very different styles and settings. Let's get together to learn about tea culture from each other. Wherever in the world, you grew up drinking tea or if your parents or grandparents introduced you to their tea culture, we want to hear about it! Come join us every Friday night for a virtual, interactive discussion about how tea is drunk around the world. Let us here your tea story... Share your experiences about how tea was introduced to you by your parents/grandparents. Did you first know it as tea... te... chai... or something else? What kind of tea was it....black... green... heicha....blended...scented? Did you add milk... sugar... spices... orange peel... Were you introduced to tea as a medicine... a hot beverage... or as a cold sweet beverage? We want to know! The more members that contribute by sharing their stories, the more interesting the discussion will be. Remember, what seems boring and interesting to you may be extremely interesting and exciting for others!

Virtual Tea Discussion with Oscar Brekell

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Oscar Brekell Join NYTS members for a virtual tea discussion with Oscar Brekell, author of The Book of Japanese Tea. Oscar was born in Sweden in 1985. He developed an interest in Japanese tea during high school. His interest in tea grew into a passion which later led him to relocate to Japan. In 2010, he studied at Gifu University, and in 2013 he came back to Japan for a job at a Japanese company. He became a certified Japanese Tea Instructor in 2014, completed an internship at The Tea Research Center in Shizuoka. and has also been working for Japan Tea Export Council. In 2018 he set up his own business, and is now involved in tea education projects overseas and arranges tea events and seminars in Japan. Oscar Brekell is the first non-Japanese to receive a certificate for making hand-made Sencha, and in 2016 he was awarded the CHAllenge prize by the World Green Tea Association. Lately, he also appears frequently appeared on Japanese radio and television, and is getting increasingly known for encouraging the Japanese to rediscover the joy of drinking green tea while also making it more accessible to a non-Japanese audience as well.

Virtual Discussion with Dr. Maria Geyman ND from Masha Tea

Masha Tea Founded in Brooklyn by naturopath, Dr. Maria Geyman ND, Masha Tea brings the healing and regenerative powers of natural teas to discerning drinkers. Designed with flavor, sustainability, and beauty in mind, Masha Teas are assembled by hand in small batches and made with love. In sourcing the most gorgeous of teas and herbs, we consider terroir, ethical farming practices, and traditional herbalism. Each bag is compostable (remove the sticker in the back and the tin tie and then compost these bags after use) and hand-stamped with vegetable ink with stamps made in the East Village. We work and collaborate with our favorite spaces in New York; the Noguchi Museum, Saraghina Bakery, and are now at the McGolrick Park Farmers Market in Greenpoint every Sunday.

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