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Tea Tasting At the bar, tasting flights of tea are offered daily for an educational comparative of white, green, oolong, pu-erh and black teas. Rare aged pu-erhs and competition-winning oolongs are just some of the premium teas from key producing nations - China, Taiwan, Japan, India and Sri Lanka - served at Teance.
1780 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 524-2832 (call for tea classes, tea bar reservations, directions)
Hours 10:30am- 6pm
Tea bar and table service seating last call: 5:30pm
'The Tea Room was an oasis in the dreary waste of existence where weary travelers could meet to drink from the common spring of art-appreciation" -Okakura Kakuzo, the Book of Tea _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
The 1600 square foot shop is a skylight environment with sustainable bamboo cabinetry, raked plaster walls, and hand-made glazed porcelain tiles, surrounding a 10 ft circular concrete tea-sampling bar, cast in a single pour and embedded with semi-precious gemstones and fossils.
Appreciating artisanal teas is a lot like appreciating great wines,'
co-owner Winnie Yu says. "You have the same variety of styles and flavors -- and choices from several countries, many sourced directly from the growers themselves. All tea comes from the same plant, the differences come from variances in location, tradition and production techniques. Science has begun to recognize that tea is healthy for you - rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins - a wonderful benefit, but the pleasure of drinking great, whole-leaf teas, prepared properly, brings the daily experience of tea to a whole new level."