LUNENBURG — Danielle Beaudette, has been immersed in the world of high quality teas for over two decades and is eager to share what she’s learned in “The Basics of Tea,” via Zoom, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, hosted by the Lunenburg Public Library.
Beaudette, proprietor of the Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline, N.H. and an STI Certified Tea Specialist, will explain the basics of tea which will provide you with the answers to your questions on where tea comes from and how it is different from herbal (tisane) blends.
“When I started this business over 23 years ago, people were not familiar with whole leaf tea, only tea bag tea,” said Beaudette. “Today, people are somewhat more familiar with it, but are still surprised how much work goes into its production.”
The processing and harvesting of tea will be discussed, “taking you on a journey from the tea fields to the tea in your cup,” she said.
Beaudette is one of the first 15 in the world to be certified in all levels as a tea specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute in NYC and has completed over 85 tea seminars at the World Tea Expo.
She has researched and learned first-hand about the production of tea through her Asian tea travels and relationships with Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, Nepalese, and Taiwanese tea growers.
Beaudette says she sources only the finest, high quality, freshly imported teas, earning The Cozy Tea Cart the title of ‘Best of NH’ from New Hampshire Magazine
Just as important as the quality of her tea, Beaudette said that she takes pride in promoting excellence in service and in educating her customers.
“This is one of my favorite lectures, because it is an introduction into the world of whole leaf tea,” she said. “I journal all of my trips to Asia and take well over 1,000 pictures on each trip, using this information and the pictures to create my presentations.”
Beaudette believes that the pictures help the attendees see first-hand the people who are harvesting and producing our teas.
“Every time I give this lecture, many of the attendees approach me afterward and say they had no idea how much work it is to harvest tea and process it in the factories,” Beaudette said. “They repeatedly say they will never look at tea the same way again.”
For more information, or to register for this event, visit the Lunenburg Public Library’s calendar at lunenburglibrary.org or call 978-582-4140. For more information on the Brookline tea shop, visit TheCozyTeaCart.com.