I know what you're thinking – a bag of Tetley and some hot water: what's to learn?
But for a true connoisseur, tea is so much more than a soothing and delicious beverage, it is history, culture and even spirituality all wrapped into one. This is exactly what the Camellia Sinensis teahouse in downtown Montreal embodies.
In addition to offering a comfortable gathering place to enjoy one of the dozens of types of healthy teas from all over the world, Camellia Sinensis also has a store and, yes, a tea school. The school offers workshops on a variety of aspects of the subject of what tea is all about. You can learn about the world's great classic teas and get to taste what sets one apart from another.
Learn about the history of the discovery of tea thousands of years ago and savor a selection of some of the most loved teas. You'll learn about the differences between different types of teas and different styles of brewing them (did you know that if the water is too hot it will scald the leaves while if it is not hot enough the flavor won't come out?).
Other workshops introduce participants to Darjeeling teas of India, green teas of Japan, and even rare and precious vintage teas from China.
Camellia Sinensis teahouse has three locations, two in Montreal and a third in Quebec City. The original location is on Emery St. right across the street from the popular Quartier Latin cinema in Montreal. At the stores that accompany each location you can buy tea, teapots, teaware, and an assortment of gift items.
Camellia Sinensis has four "tasters" who travel the world in search of the exotic international teas that are found in the company's catalogue. These include the man who started it all back in 1997, Hugo Américi. Each May, Américi travels to Taiwan, Japan, and Vietnam in search of Wulong and Green teas that make up an important part of what the company has to offer.
Kevin Gascoyne is the specialist in black teas, which he travels to India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal each spring to find. Each year he looks forward to the First Flush teas in Darjeeling, which always offer unexpected delights.
Jasmin Desharnais (a tea expert name Jasmin – was that meant to be or what?) is the company's China expert, specializing in six of its producing regions. He is even a member of the China Tea Science Society. Also specializing in teas from China is Francois Marchand, who puts his focus on the artisanal classic green teas of the Chinese countryside.
This is the team that goes to any lengths necessary to find the freshest, most flavorful, and most exotic teas anywhere. And all of the delicious varieties they find are available for sale in the Camellia Sinensis teahouse as well as in the tea store so you can enjoy them at home when ever the mood strikes you.
A trip to Camellia Sinensis opens up a whole world of serene tea enjoyment.
Published by:Craig McKee