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:::::: Workshop Report 15: July 12th, 2014 :::::

posted Jul 15, 2014, 9:08 AM by INFO ICT   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 12:26 AM ]
Japanese Tea Experience 3 ~ Making your own tea blend ~

July 12th, we had a workshop “Japanese Tea Experience 3 ~Making your own tea blend ~” at Studio PETU. We had 11 guests joined and the lecturer was Haruna-san (Born and raised in Sayama area, where is well known for its Sayama cha).

 

She brought organic herbs and spices from the US for this workshop. We had 5 Japanese tea leaves and 14 herbs and spices. After brief introduction of them, we started blending tea leaves and herbs for the tea competition at the end of the workshop.

 

First, we tasted each tea taste one by one. Not only its taste, but we also checked its fragrant, colors and anything special about it. After grasping the character of each leaves and herbs, we started blending them. There are no rules, priority or preference but the image of your own tea in your mind.

 

I personally wanted to create rather sweet tea which makes people relax and feel easy to drink. Therefore, I mixed “Black been tea” and “Cinnamon”, the former has little taste but slight sweetness and the latter has sweet scent.

However, I had some feedback from Haruna-san and Jojo that it had little impact or impression. Therefore, I added some “Chamomile” for a change, but still it lacked something. It was 30 seconds before competition I heard from Liz that “buckwheat” adds sweetness to tea. I added a pinch of it and submitted.

 

As a result, fortunately my tea won the 1st place with all the feedbacks I received. It was totally same with marketing process, we create, we hear and then apply. You can check the recipe of Top 3 blended tea on ICT Meetup page. I hope they would be sold in market with “ICT selection” someday :)

 

It takes just a few minutes to create your own unique tea.

I thought it’d be so memorable if you create one for someone special to you. What about creating one and only tea on earth imaging that person? (Of course it is great idea to produce new tea for yourself!

 

We’ll have another Japanese tea workshop from Haruna-san, please join if you find the world of tea fascinating. If you want to know anything about tea (Both Japanese and non-Japanese), please feel free to let any of the ICT members know. We may be able to include your area of interest to our next workshop!

 

Haruna-san, thank you very much for setting up the class including preparation of all herbs, spices and tea leaves. We also thank all the guests who participated for making the workshop more enjoyable!


(Written by Takafumi Shikado)