I love tea, as anyone who’s seen my annual tea stash challenge knows. I especially love buying tea. There’s something about a new tea that is so full of promise, I just can’t resist it. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that when Soko Tea House opened in my neighbourhood late last year, I was immediately smitten. As I was considering what to do on my podcast for Mother’s Day, talking about tea seemed like the perfect fit. So, I got in touch with Julie Veres, Soko’s co-owner, and luckily she agreed to connect for a chat.
Julie’s love for tea is so great that she’s actually spent years studying it, even going to school to become a tea sommelier. She’s currently exploring the Japanese tea ceremony in intricate detail. All of this sort of begs the question: just how much is there to know about tea?
The answer is a whole lot, as Julie explains in our podcast. Tea may seem like a simple beverage, but like wine, there are many nuances and variations to explore. And like wine, there’s also a lot to learn about pairing tea with food. In fact, Julie runs workshops at her tea shop most Sunday mornings, exploring topics like making matcha, preparing iced teas, the health benefits of certain teas and pairing tea with different foods. After all, tea is the most popular beverage in the world after water, and people prepare it in countless different ways.
If you’re a tea-lover, you’d like some tips on preparing and storing tea, or you’re planning a Mother’s Day Tea and need ideas, you’ll want to listen to my podcast with Julie Veres from Soko Tea House:
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