Beauty in Imperfection: A Visit to the Shofuso Tea House

This week on Talking Tea we’re back in Philadelphia at Shofuso, an authentic, and quite amazing, Japanese house and garden with a fully functioning tea house and roji, or tea garden. We’re joined by Derek Finn, Shofuso’s site and program manager, and Morgan Beard of Urasenke Philadelphia,  an organization dedicated to practicing and teaching the Japanese way of tea. 

Morgan is returning to Talking Tea after having been a guest on our “Artful Tea” episode. In this week’s podcast, Derek, Morgan and I hang out on Shofuso’s veranda, stroll through its roji and finally spend some time in its tea house, as we chat about how the way of tea, Zen Buddhism and traditional Japanese architecture and design come together at Shofuso to allow us to glimpse what Morgan calls the beauty of imperfection, and the beauty of life itself.

More information on Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, including visiting hours, tours and events, is at www.japanesehouse.org and at its Twitter feed @Shofuso.

You can learn about Urasenke Philadelphia's classes and upcoming events at its website, www.phillytea.org.

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Talking Tea is produced and hosted by Ken Cohen. You can follow Ken on Twitter @KensvoiceKen

 

 

This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.

 

 

 

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Teatulia: A New Model of Tea Farming in Bangladesh

This week on Talking Tea we chat via Skype with Chris Olsen of Teatilia, an organic tea producer based in Bangladesh founded on principles of social responsibilty and sustainability.

You may be familiar with the unique flavor profiles of Teatulia's teas and blends, and Chris and I discuss the influence of the Bangladeshi terroir on the complex flavors and aromas of some of Teatulia's award-winning teas. But what most impressed us at Talking Tea was the positive impact Teatulia has made on the environment and society surrounding its tea garden. Chris talks about Teatulia's transformation of a formerly desert terrain into a lush tea-growing region, and how Teatulia has not only created jobs but also fostered literacy programs. schools, and economic opportunity through better working conditions and its unique cattle lending and farm sharing programs.

You can find Teatulia's teas and information about Teatulia's programs at www.teatulia.com. If you're interested in purchasing tea through Teatulia's website, be sure to listen for the discount code for Talking Tea listeners toward the end of the episode. You can also find Teatulia on Facebook at facebook.com/teatulia, on Instagram at instagram.com/teatuliateas, and on Twitter @teatulia.

 

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Talking Tea is produced and hosted by Ken Cohen. You can follow Ken on Twitter @Kensvoiceken. 

  

This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.

 

Photo of Teatulia's tea garden courtesy of Teatulia.

 

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