At last year’s Slow Food Nation event up in San Francisco, I found myself sitting across the table from a tea expert who explained that the little fermented leaves in the bottom of my cup are carried in backpacks over the Himalayas and cost about as much as my rent. It was at that moment I realized that there’s a lot to learn about tea, and I’ve been trying to scrounge up any info I can ever since.
I’m lucky that the fancy-schmancy La Brea tea shop Algabar is on my way home from work. Not only do they specialize in importing rare teas, but they also host various events and lectures on the subject. Here’s one I’m going to try to hit up:
On Wednesday, August 26 the gals behind local supper club Chicks With Knives (totally unrelated too, but nonetheless friendly with the Hot Knives guys) are holding a “Crash Course in Tea” at Algabar, led by tea expert and Algabar partner Gail Baral. In addition to cupping (the tea/coffee term for tasting) white, green, oolong, and black teas, you can learn about the origin and production of tea, as well as the best way to prepare and serve tea at home.
The cost: $35.
The time: 7-9 p.m.
Call 323-954-9720 to reserve your spot.