TeaCal: An Intro to the History of Tea & its Modern CA Movement
About the Course:
At its most basic level, the course is about the tealeaf. Yet to better understand and better appreciate this ancient drink, the class will explore its mythical origins and more concrete history. We will learn of the different tea rituals and cultures of the early Chinese dynasties and trace their influences in Japan, India, and England. At the end of course, we will look at the Tea Renaissance taking place today in California and consider the possibility of a tea culture taking full root in our fast-paced, consumer driven society.
To do so, we will read texts, but focus primarily on pouring a bunch of tea in class. Each meeting, we will choose a different variety (i.e. green, black, oolong) and pour many different types of tea within that variety. By the end, students will be able to decipher tastes and distinguish quality between different teas. Having such knowledge can be analogous that of wine tasting. And when tea is the second most consumed drink in the world behind only water, this skill set will definitely serve you well in life.
Students will be required to attend all classes, keep a tea journal, and complete a final project at the end of the semester. Other short reading and writing assignments will be included throughout the course, but it is mostly about deciphering tastes and qualities.
How to Enroll:
Enrollment is first-come first serve, so please attend the first class on September 6th at 5pm in 203 Wheeler. If there are too many applicants, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.
Course Contact: anikarice AT berkeley.edu
Faculty Sponsor: Nathan Sayre
Time & Location:
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