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Tea Tasting and Valentine Afternoon Tea Workshop Hosted by The Cozy Tea Cart

When: Friday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: YCD Holistic Healing, 1 Prospect St., Nashua
Cost: $35; register at ycdholistichealing.com/calendar
Visit: thecozyteacart.com




Tea-rrific tasting
Explore the world of tea at a Valentine tea workshop

02/12/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



To celebrate the day of love, Danielle Beaudette, owner of The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline and certified tea specialist, will host a Valentine’s Day tea tasting and tea workshop on Friday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. 

“My tea tastings are different from most because I give a lot of education background on not only the types of tea they’re drinking but the country of origin,” Beaudette said in a phone interview. 
She likes to offer more than just a tasting at her workshops; she’ll also speak about the different properties in the teas and give instructions for the preparation methods for each variety. Beaudette travels all over Asia to source her tea and will share images and experiences that connect the tea to the place it came from. 
“We’ll talk about how the tea is harvested...it’s really from field to cup is what I go over with them.”
After the tasting, guests will enjoy a mini Valentine’s Day tea service, featuring scones with clotted cream and organic strawberry preserves and tea sandwiches. 
“I’m thinking ginger and carrot, and cucumber and mint,” she said. “Then we’ll have chocolate-covered strawberries and a lavender shortbread, infused with the tea. Cooking with tea is really huge in the origin of the tea.”
To give guests a wide range, the evening’s selection of tea will include Dragonwell, a green tea from China, Jade Oolong, an oolong tea from Taiwan, Glenburn Autumn Crescendo, a black tea from India, Sweet Rose Pu-er tea, a dark tea from China, which is compressed with rose petals into the shape of a heart, and Sweet Cinnamon Orange Rooibos herbal tisane tea. She did note that while technically herbals aren’t tea (tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant and herbals come from all kinds of plants) she likes to include them for those who can’t have caffeine. 
This tasting and workshop offers something for everyone, Beaudette said, with instructional, educational and sampling portions. 
“I kind of touch on a little bit of everything with the benefits in the tea,” she said.
One thing Beaudette hopes to emphasize at all of her tea events is the history that lies in a cup of tea. 
“There is so much history there, and I think it is important for people to understand that it’s not just a bag you pull out of the box,” she said. “It’s helping people understand the labor that goes into this cup of tea.”
 
As seen in the February 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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