Atlanta's First Mediterranean Style Samovar Service At ZenTea
Come enjoy a Mediterranean cruise with us… A cruise through the origins, history and uses of a Samovar Tea Service. There are other Tea Shops in Atlanta, but ZenTea is the only one that offers this authentic Mediterranean Samovar service. So sign up today and impress all with your newfound culture!!
What To Expect
- A full history and education on the Mediterranean style Samovar Tea Service
- Tastings of more than half a dozen different teas
- Sweet treats to nibble while tasting
- Home-made Mediterranean style ice cream for dessert
Ahhh, a cup of hot tea. The ritual of brewing, pouring, warming our hands, inhaling the earthy scent, and that first sip- is there anything sweeter to calm our nerves and soothe our souls? We think not, which is why we’re in heaven wandering into ZenTea to chat with owner Connie Miller. We’re passionate about a lot of things, but we can only hope to one day be as passionate about anything as Connie is about tea. She’ll talk tea all afternoon - and her tea room is the finest place to do it. The name itself captures the essence of the space, calming and meditative without even a touch of snootiness. So pinkies down, please.
And now, for the first time in Atlanta, Connie is teaching us one of the great tea rituals of the world: the Samovar Tea Service with techniques and traditions dating back thousands of years. The Samovar is a large metal vessel used to heat and steep tea. Originally invented in Russia, the Samovar is now most associated with Mediterranean tea culture, which is the service that Connie will be hosting for these classes. She will discuss and share tastings of strong black teas, cardamoms, lavenders, rose petals, herbal blends, chamomiles and mint teas. These will all be served with delicious little sweet treats that come from her neighborhood Mediterranean cafe and include Turkish Delights, baklava (YUM!) and date biscuits. To cool things down at the end, there is a smooth and aromatic saffron-pistachio-rose ice cream that is hand-crafted from scratch by the good folks of Butter and Cream in Decatur. If you have ever wanted to sip tea in Morocco, here is your chance to do so without having to fly by plane hop around the world!
The unique part of this service though will be Connie’s explanation of the Moroccan style Gunpowder Green Tea with Mint. And no, we aren’t talking 2nd Amendment gunpowder. This style of tea looked like gunpowder to Westerners back in the day and the name stuck. But Connie has the original recipe for this distinct and unique tea style and is willing to share, but only to her students in this class!