Like Olympic swimmers and gremlins, tea leaves only reveal their true power after being dunked in water. Unleash hidden strength with today’s Groupon to Shanti Tea. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get a sensory tea workshop for two that includes the tasting of 12 organic teas by candlelight (a $40 value, including HST).
- For $19, you get a wellness tea-blending workshop for two that includes $10 worth of custom-blended herbal tea to take home (a $60 value, including HST).
Shanti Tea is located at 225 Strathcona Avenue, however workshops take place every Saturday at Grounded Kitchen and Coffeehouse on Gloucester Street.
The leaf-gurus at Shanti Tea survey harvests from around the world to source exceptional organic, fair-trade, and biodynamic teas and herbs, which they share in workshops that educate sippers on the many powers of tea. In the glow of candlelight, students of the sensory tea workshop examine and evaluate a selection of 10 organic black, green, oolong and white varieties, plus two herbal teas picked by Mr. T's alchemist. As brews steep, experts lead discussions on each tea's history, flavours, aromas, and other characteristics including associated health benefits. After the tasting, quaffing compatriots sample appetizers chosen to complement the teas' flavours, textures, and tastes in literature.
The tea-blending workshop focuses on the medicinal properties of herbal teas, leading duos through an overview of 20 herbs and how each may help relieve stress, improve digestion, enhance sleep, aid pregnancy, or build vocabulary. Under the guidance of Shanti's blending masters, duos blend $10 worth of organic herbal tea to take home, tailored to each person's health concerns.
Venk Prabhu, founder of Shanti Tea, envisions tea as a ritual, as a space that should be honoured. He respects this belief by travelling the world to source his fair-trade, sustainable, and certified-organic teas, curating and collecting distinct blends after steeping himself in the culture, traditions, and stories of the places they’re grown. In addition to a wide roster of green, black, white, and red-all-over teas, herbs and spices add extra aroma to blends and range from the familiar lavender or clove to the more esoteric and medicinal eyebright, yarrow, and st. john’s wort. Certified organic matcha from Japan’s Aichi Prefecture facilitates formal and casual tea ceremonies in three different grades, from straight matcha to blends with blueberry or cocoa. Cofounder and naturopathic doctor Priya Prakash blends wellness teas, as well as Ayurvedic teas that fit within Ayurvedic medicinal tradition. Shanti Tea also educates its customers with regular workshops that include tastings and blending lessons.
Centretown - Downtown
100 Gloucester St.
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2L8