Don’t know your oolong from your pu’erh tea? These tea houses and tea masters will set you straight
Andrew Yee leads workshops on pu’erh, the “holy grail” of tea – and a myriad of Taiwanese and Chinese teas. You’ll learn the difference between sheng (aka raw or green) versus shou tea (aka cooked or ripe), where the Six Famous Team Mountains are, and how to brew like a gong fu master. Online.
Can’t face another long black? Storm in a Teacup is a couture tea shop-cum-bar in Collingwood where can get your cup filled with unusual teas (spiced dandelion roasted with wattle-seed, anyone?) and maybe even a nip of gin. Collingwood.
Tea junkie? Thornbury shop Tea & Sympathy is there for you. From books on the magical brew to speciality tea-making accessories (a Dutch leaf strainer will change your life), T&S has it all. Tea paired with cheese? Check. How about tea and wine? Check and mate. Thornbury.
Sarah Cowell – the original Vue De Monde tea sommelier – is a roving gun for hire. Her Tea 101 class showcases the rainbow that is the six styles of tea (black, green, white, yellow, plus oolong and pu’erh), and teaches you how to taste and brew them – everything you need for a good cuppa. Online.
Instructor Adam Wojcinski guides his students through the ancient Japanese ‘chanoyu’, or tea ceremony, founded by a 17th-century Samurai warlord/tea master (somehow, that isn’t contradictory in Japan). Hawthorn.
Of course Vue De Monde has a tea sommelier. Frenchman Charles Serveau sources his 40-plus teas from the best tea-producing spots on the globe and hosts masterclass cupping events, exposing tea-lovers to the likes of the apricot-meets-asparagus Yunnan white from China. Melbourne.