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Learn About Tea from Teaparker

Did you know Penn State had an institute and registered student organization dedicated just to sampling and learning about ancient Taiwanese Tea Culture? Did you know one of the best and most respected tea masters in the world is literally named Teaparker (here’s his website), and your student activity fee was used to fly him in to Penn State this weekend?

Neither did I until just recently, but it’s a fascinating culture and the Tea Institute at Penn State is holding a series of events this weekend that are free and open to the public. All events will be held at the Penn State Tea House in 34 Ritenour building.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Friday, April 12th

10:30 – 12:30AM

  • Brewing of Pu’er Tea: Teaparker

  • “Pu’er brewing practices and traditions”

  • Presented with free Pu’er tea

  • The Tea Institute and Club officers will brew tea for guests while following the principles of traditional Chinese (Gongfu Cha) tea ceremony. While the tea is being prepared, guests will listen to a series of informative lectures on the methodology and practice of brewing Pu’er tea.

2:30 – 3:30PM

  • Pu’er Tea Exhibition @ The Penn State Tea House

  • Introduction by Jason Cohen, Teaparker, and Stéphane Erler

  • Members of The Tea Institute and GongFu Cha Club trained by Teaparker will then brew tea for guests while following the principles of traditional Chinese (Gongfu Cha) Tea Ceremony.

  • Questions and answer session

Saturday, April 13th

11:00 – 1:00PM

  • Pu’er Tea House With a talk on Tea House Culture

  • Talk by Stéphane Erler

  • The Penn State Tea House will change its usual menu for a selection of Pu’er Teas, each brewed by one of our international speakers, who will host small round table discussions for our guests.

  • The usual tea house fee will be waived for this event.

2:00 – 3:45PM

  • Lecture: Pu’er Blending – Teaparker

  • “Pu’er Blending Methodologies”

  • Presented with free Pu’er tea

  • The Tea Institute and Club officers will brew Pu’er tea for guests while following the principles of traditional Chinese tea ceremony. While the tea is being prepared, guests will listen to a series of informative lectures on the history of Pu’er tea blending and its cultural significance.

Sunday, April 14th

12:30 – 2:30PM

  • Lecture: Teaware by Teaparker

  • Presented with Pu’er Tea

  • The Tea Institute and Club officers will brew tea for guests while following the principles of traditional Chinese tea ceremony. While the tea is being prepared, guests will listen to a series of informative lecture on the history of tea in Chinese and its cultural significance.

3:00 – 5:00PM

  • Brewing Pu’er Tea

  • A beginners Lesson on the art of brewing Pu’er Tea

  • Basic introduction to Chinese Tea Ceremony and the best way to get good flavor out of pu’er.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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