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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sharing Tea with the Girl Scouts

On an unusually and uncharacteristically beautiful recent winter's day in January I had the pleasure of meeting with some very business savvy girl scouts to share tea. Unsure what to expect, I arrived with bins full of tea gadgets and samples thinking it would be difficult to keep the young girls engaged and on task to taste tea. I learned that no one is ever too young to enjoy a cup of tea and that these were some pretty smart girls.

We started our time together discussing methods for marketing girl scout cookies, then seguied into watching some slides about tea production, and we ended the hour brewing tea together.

The girls had fun tasting the Rooibos Spiced Chai herbal tisane (our blend), a Japanese Matcha from Uji and a black tea from Kenilworth in Sri Lanka. Upon surveying the class after tasting these very diverse brews, the bitterness of the Matcha was a bit unexpected since it was so different from teas they had tried in the past. The Spiced Chai and Sri Lankan black teas were more like some of the teas that the girls' families shared at home. Nonetheless, all the girls were open to the adventure of tasting new things and getting their hands dirty when it came to brewing the right cup.

Everyone was eager to participate in placing the proper amount of tea in the koryo style cups we used to brew our drinks. The scouts perfectly timed their infusions and were excited to taste what they had made. A perfect cup for the perfect ending of our time together.

Thanks for having me Girl Scout Troop #931!

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