We’re so excited to be bringing a day of tea-related events to Stone Mini-Market in Leytonstone E11 on Sunday, June 11th!  We’re regular visitors to their Wednesday evening Tabletop Games nights, and we love their whole ethos and the community they’ve built.  It’s the perfect space to spend a day talking about and enjoying tea in all its forms!  Here’s the full agenda, with links to Eventbrite where you can get tickets :

12:00-12:45pm : Matcha Making Workshop. This hands-on workshop is all about matcha!  Learn about the history, production methods, and ceremonial associations of this powdered Japanese green tea while practicing how to make authentic matcha at home using traditional tools and techniques.  Everyone will have a chance to prepare and taste usucha (light matcha tea) themselves in a relaxed and informal setting, and everyone will take home a matcha whisk and spoon to continue using at home.  A light vegan snack will be available to accompany the tea, and an optional low-caffeine matcha will be available.

1:00-1:45pm : Mindful Tea Workshop.  Paul Webster (Certified Mindfulness Instructor) and Joe Depeau (Certified Tea Sommelier) are teaming up to present this workshop that combines mindfulness and tea appreciation into one informative and enjoyable experience.  Learn how to turn a cup of tea into a mindful practice!  We’ll practice two techniques you can use anytime to increase relaxaction and reduce stress, anxiety, depression, or pain – perfect for your morning brew, afternoon cuppa, or evening herbal infusion before bed.  A high-quality whole-leaf specialty tea and a vegan snack are included in the workshop.

2:00-3:30pm : Around the World in 3 Teas.  Explore a range of high-quality specialy teas from around the world in this relaxed, informative tasting workshop.  We’ll learn about and enjoy three teas, each from a different country and representing a different style of tea.  We’ll learn about the history, origin legends, geographic provenence, and terroir of each tea – and along the way also explore how to taste and evaluate tea as well as different potential food pairings.  Light vegan snacks will accompany the tastings.

16:00-18:00pm : Zero-Proof Tea Cocktail Party with Vegan Tapas.  We’ve developed a range of zero-proof tea-based cocktails and we can’t wait to share them with you!  Each cocktail is crafted with high-quality whole leaf tea and herbal infusions, packing all the health benefits of tea without any of the negative aspects of alcohol.  There are twists on old favourites alongside new concoctions – try a Matcha Mojito, Jasmine Lychee Daquiri, and many more!  Low- and no-caffeine options are available.  A variety of vegan ‘tapas’, small plates and finger foods from a range of cuisines and cultures, will be served thourough the event alongside the drinks.