The Nitty Gritty
- Price is for one person
- No refunds for missed event
- Class runs approximately 1 1/2 hours
- Only 12 spots per class
Ahhh, a cup of hot tea. The ritual of brewing, pouring, warming our hands, inhaling the earthy scent, and that first sip- is there anything sweeter to calm our nerves and soothe our souls? We think not, which is why we’re in heaven wandering into ZenTea to chat with owner Connie Miller. We’re passionate about a lot of things, but we can only hope to one day be as passionate about anything as Connie is about tea. She’ll talk tea all afternoon - and her tea room is the finest place to do it. The name itself captures the essence of the space, calming and meditative without even a touch of snootiness. Pinkies down, folks. Now, this is where it gets overwhelming: with more than 180 varieties on the menu, the largest selection in the Southeast, we’ll have to admit we had some decision anxiety. Black tea, green tea, white tea, decaf, and herbal, in every flavor under the sun with names like Jade Dragon Oolong, Gyokuro Green Tea, and African Honey Bush Rooibos, we just really wish there was some way to know what we’d love to savor a cup of. Enter Connie and her enlightening tea tasting classes.
Yes, Scouts, she’ll take an hour and half to go through the different types of tea, where they all come from, how they’re harvested and dried, how to brew and store them, plus the benefits of each- did you know tea is really good for you? And she’ll even get into herbal teas, that big umbrella category referring to all sorts of herbs and spices, and pretty much any kind of tea that isn’t made with actual tea leaves- things like chamomile, lavender, and ginger teas. For such a simple pleasure, tea is actually pretty complicated; there are chemical reactions that give each and every leaf complex and unique flavors that change depending on the way it’s grown, dried, and processed. Connie makes it easy to understand, even pulling the Big Book of Tea (not the real title) off the shelf for the highly curious. And tea is nothing without the culture, so she'll take you through everything from the origins of tea in China and India to high tea in England to tea ceremonies around the world.