Introducing the Spirit of Tea Tour! A western roving Matcha Latte Throwdown and Tea Education series with stops in Los Angeles, Denver, Portland and Seattle. Through our workshops we hope to share and celebrate our love of tea and its many tastes, providing the practical knowledge and skills for tea that is presented with the same expertise, passion and care as your coffee.
What is the cost of the event?
There is no cost for this event and, while it is intended for baristas and cafe owners, it is open to the general public.
Do I need to register?
Registration is not necessary for this event.
What is the Matcha Latte Throwdown?
A Throwdown, for the uninitiated, is a bracket-style afterhours competition between baristas with one goal: to pour better latte art than your competitor. They are often jovial in nature and function as a celebration of industry camaraderie. Normally, this is done with espresso and milk—for the purposes of our Matcha Latte Throwdown, it will be done with matcha and milk.
What is the format of the Dial-In Workshop?
There is a brief lesson on seasonal tea and the chemistry of the tea leaf followed by a dial-in exercise, where baristas will apply their newfound knowledge to unlocking tastes from a cup of tea. This will be followed by a tasting of seasonal teas and an open discussion of workflow.
What topics specifically will be covered in the Workshop?
- Chemistry of the Tea Leaf: Primary chemical compounds of the tea leaf and their role in flavor
- How to Dial-In Tea: How to unlock tastes from your tea
- Barista Best Practices: Making your tea workflow intentional and presentable.
- Seasonal Tea and Its Importance: A tasting highlighting a broad range of terroirs and varieties
9/28 1PM - Dialing-In Tea Workshop @ Steelhead Coffee Long Beach
9/28 645PM Matcha Throwdown @ Cafe Dulce Downtown LA
10/11 @ 1PM Dialing-In Tea Workshop @ Sweetbloom Coffee
10/12 @ 645PM Matcha Throwdown @ Huckleberry Coffee
Tues 11/7 1PM Tea Workshop @ Coava Coffee
Weds 11/8 645PM @ Upper Left Coffee TNT
Visions Espresso 11/9 Education event 1PM
+ Matcha TNT 645PM