Recently voted the Worlds Top Tea Educator at the World Tea Expo the wonderful & engaging Jane Pettigrew will join us at the Tea House this Saturday when we will talk & taste through the social history of tea. We will follow Janes talk with fine Comins tea & Patisserie.
Jane's talks are always fascinating and educational - when Michelle first became really interested in tea she attended one of Jane's masterclasses in London and our relationship has grown since then. It is so nice - all these years later - to invite Jane back to our own Tea House and hear from her about such an interesting topic.
Jane's talk will start with a general introduction about arrival of teas in England, discuss the 18th century and the growing consumption of tea amongst upper classes and the growing taste for tea among the lower classes including the 'tea break' before moving into the 19th century. Here we will learn more about the increasing difficulty of trading with China, opium wars etc, the idea of growing our own tea, the first experimental tea gardens in Assam and the first black Assam teas into London in 1838/9.