Thursday, August 16, 2012

Make Your Own Tea Blend! at the Perennial Tea Room

As part of the World of Tea Series leading up the 5th Annual Northwest Tea Festival, Perennial Tea Room hosted a Make Your Own Tea Blend! workshop presented by Tea Geek's Michael Coffey.

The Perennial Tea Room is located in Pike Place Market in Post Alley, between Stewart and Virginia and has been in business for 22 years.   It has a fine selection of teas from around the world as well as teaware, books, and novelties.  

It was a hot evening for the workshop, with the setting sun directing its fiery sights on the westward facing storefront.  Though Michael had to forego his ubiquitous lab coat to prevent heat exhaustion, he gave a lively and entertaining lecture on tea and the science(!) of tea blending.  From there, we were set loose on a flight of tea samples and encouraged to make our own blends.  I was rather proud of my own concoction until I later realized I had "invented" a lesser clone of English Breakfast.  At least it tasted good!  

As this was my first visit to the Perennial Tea Room, I fulfilled my first-visit duty by taking a lot of photos, browsing their wares (they have a Yixing teapot that needs to come home with me soon) and exchanging money for tea.  While I generally prefer to drink green teas at home, my tea cupboard has just enough room for the addition of two dessert teas from Harney & Sons: Florence and Paris.  

1910 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

9:30am to 6:00pm 

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