Deschutes Public Library News
Tea For Two
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 8/23/2005
Dawnya Sasse of StartATeaBusiness.com, offers insight into the history and traditions of tea at the Redmond Public Library on Saturday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Sasse began traveling to Great Britain in 1988. Her passion for Britain and her love of all things theatrical, led her to the creation of Tea Events, specializing in unique event teas. She has studied tea with experts from around the world, including Pearl Dexter, publisher of Tea - A Magazine, nationally acclaimed tea author James Norwood Prat, and Edward Brahma of the London Brahma Tea.
In 2003 Sasse launched the first online tea training course, educating people from around the world in how to start a tea business. She spent 7 years working full time as the owner and manager of Tea Events. She sold the teahouse in 2004 and now provides tea related education full-time.
“Tea is much more than a hot beverage. It’s history,” says Sasse. Since the famous Boston Tea Party, tea has played a role in American culture and customs. But tea’s history is much older than America. Legend has it that in 273 b.c., a Chinese emperor discovered tea when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. In addition to highlighting the colorful history of tea, Sasse will also present the origins of afternoon tea, the ritual made popular in Europe during the 1600’s.
If you don’t know Oolong from Earl Grey, don’t miss the opportunity to spend an hour learning about tea. For more information, please call 312-1032.