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Tea is to Chinese culture like wine is to the French. Come and learn about this magical plant that is thought to have a soul. In this lecture, Shunan Teng will explore the six categories of teas, their brewing, and their distinct taste profiles. Attendees will also learn the long and fascinating history of tea and scratch the surface of terroir, varietal teas, and tea crafting. Tea is so ancient, yet continues to evolve and innovate. New trends in tea, such as Pu'er (or Pu-erh), will provide participants with a foundation to tea connoisseurship.


About the Speaker

Shunan Teng is the founder and CEO of Tea Drunk, a New York City-based teahouse that has become a destination for those seeking exceptional tea and tea knowledge. Teng is known for her relentless pursuit of tea knowledge and her work in preserving Chinese tea traditions. She travels to historic tea mountains in China every year to harvest and make tea alongside the heritage farmers. She has also been featured as a speaker at many venues and institutes, including Yale University and World Tea Expo. She has set up an authentic Chinese teahouse at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the educator for TED Ed lesson "The History of Tea."



The Way of Tea in Asia
On View September 7–December 10, 2017
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery



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