What's On

The Tea & Coffee Theatre

We have no new dates planned for the Tea & Coffee Festival at present but please feel free to have a look below at what went on at the last event.

Autumn 2012 Timetable

Demonstrations, tutored tastings and talks

As well as a wide range of stalls showcasing the highest quality tea, coffee and related products, there will be some exciting activities in which you can take part.

All events below take place in a covered marquee.

Friday 2nd November

11:00- 11:45

Talk on the history of porcelain and tea in China with Alison Appleton

Alison Appleton established her British ceramic design studio in 1998. She has also collaborated with many national and international textile and ceramic design studios and manufacturers. She is a great fan of loose teas, and many of her designs reflect Oriental influences.

She will talk about the importance that porcelain and design have in the brewing process, as well as discuss the history of China’s tea industry.

www.alisonappleton.com

12:00- 12:45

A baking demonstration with David Mendes of Baking Dreams Together

David Mendes started his career making cakes and desserts at two Tel Aviv hotels, then moved to London with only £300 in his pocket. He has worked in the capital’s best restaurants, including The Square, Zuma and Roka. He now runs his own company, Baking Dreams Together. The diverse culinary influences of his mixed background – an Egyptian mother and an Israeli-Spanish father – inform the original flavours of his pastry and desserts. David will show you how to make an Afternoon Tea delight.

 www.bakingdreamstogether.com

13:00- 13:45
Presentation and tasting with Paul Eagles from Kokoa Collection

Kokoa Collection is hosting a tutored chocolate tasting of their range of single origin hot chocolates. Experience the different characters displayed by each one raw and how this then develops when served as a hot chocolate to bring out their flavours and chart the taste notes on a flavour wheel from the four varieties of origin and cocoa beans, but most of all enjoy! Paul Eagles is the owner of Kokoa Collection, a single origin hot chocolate company.

www.kokoacollection.co.uk

14:00 – 14:45

‘Cupping’ demonstration with Mike Riley from Falcon Speciality Green Coffee

Mike Riley, who has 25 years’ experience in the coffee trade heads up Falcon Speciality Green Coffee importers, will host a cupping demonstration during which he will explain how coffee is cupped (tasted) and what kinds of delicious nuances of flavour can be found within various coffees from around the world. In addition Mike will explain the Q Grader programme, an international professional cupping process which brings about a common language for cuppers around the globe. Mike is a licenced Q Grader.

www.falconspeciality.co.uk

17:00 – 17:45

Baking demonstration with Outsider Tart: Making the perfect companion to a perfect cup of coffee

Outsider Tart will entertain us with a demonstration of a classic American recipe from their fabulous book!

David Lesniak and David Muniz founded Outsider Tart, an authentic American bakeshop and cafe based in Chiswick, that is devoted to all things sweet and yummy. Their first book, Baked in America, and with a foreword by Rachel Allen, is available in all good bookshops.

www.outsidertart.com

18:00 – 18:45

Coffee roasting demonstration and talk with Lawrence Sinclair from Dark Fluid

Come and see the transformation of green beans into your favourite drink. There will be time to chat during the process, they will be talking about beans, farming, quantum physics and might even mention coffee roasting at some point. There will be a Q&A for those left with more questions and three lucky people at the front will get to take home the coffee roasted!

www.darkfluid.co.uk

18:00 – 18:45

Japanese Tea Ceremony with imayo Yoku~Naru tomo

imayo Yoku~Naru tomo, Founder of yokunaru.co.uk, invites you to participate in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. ‘Chanoyu’, the tea ceremony, is an aesthetic culture that emphasises respect and is practiced in cultured circles in Japan, where it is regarded as an artistic discipline for the attainment of enlightenment and mental composure. Originally, tea was more used as a medicine than a beverage. The tea plant, native to southern China, was from very early times highly prized for its power to relieve tiredness, satisfy the soul and strengthen the will. Buddhists made use of it to prevent drowsiness during their long hours of meditation. Buddhists of the southern Zen sect formulated an elaborate tea ritual: the monks gathered before the image of Buddha and drank tea out of a single bowl with all the formality of a holy sacrament. It was this Zen ritual which finally developed into the tea ceremony in the 15th century.

This event has limited spaces.

www.yokunaru.co.uk

Saturday 3rd November

11:00 – 11:45

Tutored tasting with Kate Gover of Lahloo Tea: an introduction to Matcha Tea

Despite being a once tea sceptic, one cup of Japanese green tea took Kate Gover on a tea journey of the senses! Her amazing discovery inspired her to start Lahloo Tea. Whether you are new to tea or a tea lover intrigued to discover a new twist on a familiar favourite, Kate and Lahloo invite you to join them on a tea journey of the senses.

Lahloo invite you to discover ‘mighty matcha’! Join them as they guide you through the making, health benefits and tastes of this Japanese green tea hero.

www.lahlootea.co.uk

12:00 – 12:45

Talk and tea tasting with tea expert Jane Pettigrew; presenting teas from Postcard Teas

5 teas supplied by Postcard Teas from small tea growers in various countries.

Jane Pettigrew is a tea specialist, historian, writer and consultant. Since 1983, she has been working in the UK and around the world to explain and share the fascinating world of tea.

She has written 13 books on the many and varied aspects of tea, its production, history and culture, and she writes for tea related magazines and journals.

www.janepettigrew.com

www.postcardteas.com

13:00 – 13:45

Tutored tasting with Helen Chan of Chaboba: introducing Bubble Tea

Chaboba is a typical Taiwanese bubble tea shop at Camden Lock serving Bubble tea, a Taiwan specialty drink. It is tea-based and comes in all sorts of flavours with tapioca pearls creating the ‘bubbles’ in the liquid. Owner Helen Chan will introduce you to bubble tea and share some of her favourite flavours with you.

www.chaboba.co.uk

14:00 – 14:45

Talk and tea tasting with tea expert Henrietta Lovell from The Rare Tea Company

From a successful career in finance to the world’s finest tea: Henrietta Lovell is now one of the world’s most famous experts and supplies chefs like Blumenthal and Fergus Henderson.

Henrietta will discuss the value of tea, and why it matters whether tea is bought from the agribusiness industrialists or hands-on small farmers. Are we paying for clever ad campaigns, or simply delicious tea? It all starts with flavour but there is so much more to good tea.

www.rareteacompany.com

15:00 – 15:45

Talk and tea tasting with Jonathan Jones from Tregothnan Tea Estate in Cornwall

Say goodbye to boring builder’s tea! Jonathon thinks it’s time for men to appreciate the social aspects of sharing a cuppa and will be sharing some muscular brews that chaps will find stimulating. Come on guys – tea has been too girly for its own good!

Tregothnan is best known as the home of English tea. Inspired by a tradition stretching back generations, they began supplying England’s first & only tea in 2005, although the estate is believed to be the first place to grow ornamental Camellias outdoors almost 200 years earlier. The Boscawen family’s passion for collecting & growing rare plants is the inspiration behind their range of English tea and estate products. Tea – Camellia sinensis – now thrives on our estate lining the tranquil waters of the Fal estuary in Cornwall. The world’s favourite beverage has finally found a home on British soil.

www.tregothnan.co.uk

16:00 – 16:45

Coffee roasting demonstration and talk with Lawrence Sinclair from Dark Fluid

Come and see the transformation of green beans into your favourite drink. There will be time to chat during the process, they will be talking about beans, farming, quantum physics and might even mention coffee roasting at some point. There will be a Q&A for those left with more questions and three lucky people at the front will get to take home the coffee roasted!

www.darkfluid.co.uk

17:00 – 17:45

Scone making demonstration with Caroline Hope

Crumbly freshly baked scones, spread with clotted cream and home made strawberry jam provide an enduring image of an English cream tea. Caroline will demonstrate how to make scones, both savoury and sweet. She will explain how you can adapt the recipe to suit your lifestyle, the key does and don’ts and encourage you to take ownership of this simple delicious delicacy that is enjoyed all over Great Britain. Caroline Hope has been delivering classes, lectures and demonstrations on different aspects of English afternoon tea for more than fifteen years. Her knowledge and love of this uniquely British institution have taken her over the UK, Europe and the Far East. Caroline runs her hands-on classes in small groups and not only teaches baking and tea making techniques but also imparts important knowledge about the history and cultural significances of this most British of traditions.

www.teaandscones.org.uk

18:00 – 18:45

Talk with Jonathan Jones from Tregothnan and Henrietta Lovell from The Rare Tea Company

Jonathan Jones and Henrietta Lovell attempt to blow the lid off the way tea has been misrepresented for generations. How our national drink has been demeaned, trivialised and devalued. Expect some stirring talk and some impassioned de-bunking!

www.tregothnan.co.uk

www.rareteacompany.com

19:00 – 19:45

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

The Ethiopian Coffee Company will engage us with a fascinating Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

The ceremony is the main social event within the villages in Ethiopia and is normally a time for people discuss the community, politics, life and about who did what with whom…

The ceremony consists of 1 to 2 women in Ethiopian dress roasting delicious green beans over a small charcoal brazier then pounding the beans in a mortar and subsequently brewing and handing round the coffee in small cups. It’s truly captivating, and smells and tastes great!

www.theethiopiancoffeecompany.co.uk

Sunday 4th November

09:45 – 11:00

Amateur Latte Art Training with Dark Fluid

Join this rare opportunity to be trained by barista Lawrence Sinclair from Dark Fluid, who will give you a speedy course in latte art before you will compete against fellow amateurs for a tasty prize. Six lucky individuals will receive one-to-one expert training in latte art, the perfect skill for every coffee fanatic. The audience will judge the competition on the day so make sure you tell all of your friends to come along and route for you at the judging session at 11am.

***Please note, this event takes place at Dark Fluid’s stall at the event, not the Tea & Coffee Theatre***

Please click on the button below to book a space.

www.darkfluid.co.uk

11:00 – 11:45

Amateur Latte Art Competition Judging with Dark Fluid

After training with Dark Fluid’s coffee expert, Lawrence Sinclair, contestants will compete for a tasty prize and who better to judge than you, the audience. Come along and vote for your favorite amateur latte artist and make sure you bring all of your friends along to help them win!

www.darkfluid.co.uk

12:00 – 12:45

Biscuit baking demonstration with Miranda Gore Browne featuring recipes from her book “Biscuit”

Miranda Gore Browne was a finalist in the hugely successful Great British Bake-Off series. She was a popular contestant throughout but it was her beautifully decorated, delicious signature biscuits that won the hearts of the audience and wowed the judges. ‘Miranda is the iced biscuit queen.’ Mary BerryShe will bake snowballs and mini Christmas puddings.

www.mirandagorebrowne.typepad.com

13:00 – 13:45

Talk and tea tasting from tea expert Jane Pettigrew

“All About Puerh Tea”: Raw and Ripened, Young and Old – why are puerh teas so different? Teas from The Chinese Tea Company

Jane Pettigrew is a tea specialist, historian, writer and consultant. Since 1983, she has been working in the UK and around the world to explain and share the fascinating world of tea. She has written 13 books on the many and varied aspects of tea, its production, history and culture, and she writes for tea related magazines and journals.

www.janepettigrew.com

www.the-chinese-tea-company.com

14:00 – 14:45

Coffee roasting demonstration and talk with Lawrence Sinclair from Dark Fluid

Come and see the transformation of green beans into your favourite drink. There will be time to chat during the process, they will be talking about beans, farming, quantum physics and might even mention coffee roasting at some point. There will be a Q&A for those left with more questions and three lucky people at the front will get to take home the coffee roasted!

www.darkfluid.co.uk

15:00 – 15:45

Talk and tea tasting with tea expert Henrietta Lovell from The Rare Tea Company

From a successful career in finance to the world’s finest tea: Henrietta Lovell is now one of the world’s most famous experts and supplies chefs like Blumenthal and Fergus Henderson.

Henrietta will discuss the value of tea, and why it matters whether tea is bought from the agribusisness industrialists or hands-on small farmers. Are we paying for clever ad campaigns, or simply delicious tea? It all starts with flavour but there is so much more to good tea.

www.rareteacompany.com

16:00 – 17:00

English Tea Time – how this meal has evolved to become today’s Afternoon Tea with Caroline Hope

There is an oft quoted question “ shall I be mother?” when discussing the pouring of tea in a public place such as an hotel or café. Would you know why or how this is statement arose and how the accoutrements of the tea-table evolved.

Caroline Hope will examine the tea table, highlighting each food that is on the table, the different food served at different tea time meals as specified in Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household management and how it has evolved today. She will provide tips on authentic presentation. The talk will be interspersed with ideas on how to make simple sandwiches, icing the cake, how to make and pour the tea for a refreshing delicious cup of tea and tips on how to effortlessly host a tea party in the 21st century.

www.teaandscones.org.uk

17:00 – 17:45

Talk on the variety of tea flavours and tea blending with Ali Silk from Tea Horse

One of the things that first attracted Ali Silk to the wonderful world of loose tea is the many flavours on offer from one humble leaf. Ali is blessed to spend her working life tasting teas from all over the world, and explains how the same types of tea can taste so radically different depending on where and how they’re grown.

With this knowledge in hand, Ali explores how even more great flavours (and even some not-so-great flavours!) can be created by blending teas and other ingredients, using subjects as diverse as Queen Elizabeth II or a classic summer drink as inspiration, and invites you all to try some fantastic tea and take home some bespoke cocktail recipes.

www.teahorse.co.uk