|getting read for a fun tasting!|
Every tea tasting there of course feels different, but there is one thing that hasn't changed: the sweet tea community in Portland. Through the years, we have formed a wonderful tea friendship...and even more than that. I am treated like a family now and some of them welcome me to stay with them when I travel there.
At this particular tasting, participants seemed to be in a particularly bright and lively mood. It was so great to see these wonderful tea lovers: Jan; Masa; Marilyn; Jim; Karen; Kate; Craig; Dana; Ana; Stephanie; Holly; Jennifer; David, and Jaynie. Plus the added, sweet surprise of two customers who moved to Portland from Seattle a couple of years ago: Chris and Kate!
|Thank you, Jan, for letting us use your beautiful tea cups!|
|talking about tea and look at how much tea we drank!|
We spent a couple of hours tasting 10 different Taiwanese teas while enjoying many tea conversations and laughter. For me, this is what tea is all about, sharing the goodness with good people. I feel so lucky that I get to be part of this great tea community. I wish in the future I could travel more to different places in the US and connect with more tea lovers like the ones here.
A couple of participants write a tea blog. Check it out! I think it's fun to read about the tasting from a different perspective:
Delight of the Heart by Marilyn Miller.
Steph's Cup of Tea by Stephanie Wilson.
If you live in Portland, or travel to Portland, and want to taste some good teas, my friend David hosts tea tastings. Good tea and fun guranteed! You can check out his tea tasting schedule here at PDX Tea.
Also, there will be a tea festival at Portland! You can find out information at Tea Fest Portland.
*the last two photos by Ana Martinez.