Like Olympic swimmers and gremlins, tea leaves only reveal their true power after being dunked in water. Unleash hidden strength with today’s Groupon: for $37, you get an Introduction to Tea Enjoyment class at Tea Time in Palo Alto (up to a $75 value). Classes run every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. now through March 2012. This Groupon is also valid for 30% off all in-store tea purchases made the day of your class.
The flavor masters at Tea Time’s specialty loose-leaf tea boutique educate aspiring connoisseurs with classes in their modern, art-adorned tea room when they're not blending and sorting imported leaves from around the world into more than 150 brewed varieties. During the Introduction to Tea Enjoyment class, loose-leaf aficionados will guide students through a range of tea-related topics, including the origin of tea, caffeine content, and tea's relationship to overall health. The instructors will also cover the many different types of tea—including oolong, black, white, and green—and how each are processed. They'll then teach students how to brew an ideal pot by hanging a kettle over a crude homemade fire made by rubbing two crumpets together. Classes conclude with a taste-test demonstration where students will test-drive their newly educated senses by critiquing four types of tea, formulating informed assumptions based upon each brew's taste, aroma, appearance, and Robocop movie preference. The price of this class includes written materials, the taste test, take-home samples, and a 30% off coupon good for any tea purchases made the same day as the workshop.
Though Tea Time sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
When they’re not blending imported leaves into 120 tea varieties, the tea gurus at Tea Time lead tasting classes that empower sippers to explore the 3,000-year-old beverage’s origins, aromas, and health benefits. The classes reflect Tea Time’s mission to make its tea room a welcoming community hub. In the shop’s “sniffing corner,” staff members help customers sift through 150 glass jars of tealeaves in search of their ideal blend. Free WiFi, bamboo tables, and a menu of French-style pastries and English-style sandwiches furnish tranquil afternoons, and a slew of teatime accessories line solid oak shelves.
542 Ramona St.
Palo Alto, California 94301