2019 SHANG TEA LECTURE STAGE SCHEDULE

Please note that until all topics and speakers are set, this schedule is subject to change.

Saturday


11:00am: Sip for Peace by Babette Donaldson of International Tea Sippers Society

  TBA

12:00pm: US Tea Cultivation by James Orrock of Single Origin Teas

  Learn about US tea cultivation as more and more growers explore tea as a new alternative crop. Can tea be grown successfully in the United States? Can farmers make money? What can tea consumers do to help support this developing industry.

1:00pm:A Simple Way to Find Your Perfect Cup of Tea by Stacy Robertson of Tea Market

  At last, A Simple Way to find YOUR perfect cup of Tea Selecting teas is way too complicated. I don't believe you should have to learn 4 languages and a glossary of terms and a system of grading to find your tea soul mate. This is an introduction to a new way to think about TEA; How do you want to feel? What do you want to taste? I'll share my revolutionary method of tea selection by revealing my research on the 6 feeling categories and the 6 taste profiles every tea falls into. Answer those 2 questions and get ready for tea love, every time!

2:00pm: Picking Your Friends' Favorite Tea by Kevin Christiansen, Cafe Barnabas

  You're super enthusiastic about tea! Your friends may not share your passion. Join us as we look at the science, art, and agony of drawing your peers to the leaves!

3:00pm: Tea, Tourism, and Social Change by Nishchal Banskota of Nepal Teas LLC

  In the 21st century, tea has emerged as a champion of social enterprise. Hearing stories about how the tea you are investing in is making changes in the lives of people by helping them earn better or becoming literate can only make your cup of tea more fulfilling. Furthermore, there is an ever-increasing gap between the primary producers and the ultimate consumers. Knowing the real people behind your cup of tea will not only elevate your tea drinking experience but also add value to you as an individual and/or to a business. The best way to bridge this gap is to bring the beauty of tea, tourism and social change under one umbrella though and immersive tourism package.

Sunday

 

11:00am: International Tea Cuppers Club Cup Warming Social by Dan Robertson of The Tea House

  Dan Robertson and ITCC members will present a Cup Warming Social. A Cup Warming Social is an informal tasting event where you taste teas from around the world and take part in a group discussion about what you are tasting. This is open to anyone, you need not be an ITCC member to participate!

12:00pm: A Simple Way to Find Your Perfect Cup of Tea by Stacy Robertson of Tea Market

  At last, A Simple Way to find YOUR perfect cup of Tea Selecting teas is way too complicated. I don't believe you should have to learn 4 languages and a glossary of terms and a system of grading to find your tea soul mate. This is an introduction to a new way to think about TEA; How do you want to feel? What do you want to taste? I'll share my revolutionary method of tea selection by revealing my research on the 6 feeling categories and the 6 taste profiles every tea falls into. Answer those 2 questions and get ready for tea love, every time!

1:00pm: Jing Si Tea (Still Thoughts) Ceremony by Dr. Sally Wei of Jing Si Books & Cafe

   Jing Si (Still Thoughts) Tea Ceremony Guided by the teaching of Tzu Chi School of Buddhism, selected commissioners were trained and have developed a tea ceremony that well represents the Six Paramitas (Perfections). Guests will experience the serenity of the ceremony, with detailed remarks on its performance.

2:00pm: The Way of Tea & the Tea Ceremony by Rachel Maley, Cha Dao Chicago

  All around the world, certain universal values give rise to the practice of tea ceremony. This introduction to the Way of Tea (Cha Dao, Chado) will discuss the philosophy of tea as spiritual practice and its manifestation in the tea ceremony. 

3:00pm: The Dangers of Tea Marketing by Cody Wade of The Oolong Drunk

  We all know marketing is designed to get us to buy a product. With things we are most familiar with, we can often spot deceptive tactics. But the world of tea is broad and takes a lifetime to master. It can be intimidating when you enter into the marketplace looking for quality tea, especially pu'er. Prices can range widely and claims can be excitingly tantalizing. How do you know what is true? What can you look for when preparing to buy a rare or expensive tea? Cody will share his observations gathered over many years of being a tea enthusiast and consumer researcher. 

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