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Hoffman Talks Tea

March 1, 2013

Lakesha Howard / The Courier - Hoffman, Connor Shields and Will Terrill, prepare the six teas using a variety of serving methods. The teas had a range of flavors.

This week visiting tea expert David Lee Hoffman was brought in by Middle West Teas to talk on his travels and experiences with exporting tea from China.

Hoffman gave a series of talks focusing on the lifetime he’s spent searching for the best teas and the various ways he’s found to export them.

On Monday, Feb. 25, the tea group presented a documentary, “All in this Tea” which followed Hoffman’s efforts to work with the Chinese system to get tea directly from the farmers. Following that, on Tuesday, Hoffman gave a lecture on his travels to and from China and the changes he seen in a developing China from the 1960s to the present.

Hoffman also visited classrooms during that time, including Brad Sturgeon’s Citizenship class which is focused on sustainability, to talk about his sustainable home in Lagaritas, Calif.

The home is an example of what sustainable housing could look like, as it has features such as a graywater system and composting.

On his final day here, Hoffman offered up a tangible example of his expertise, as members of the college gathered to taste some of his fine teas. The six teas, which featured a fermented tea from the early 90s, were presented using a variety of methods as well as an explanation on how the tea was made and where it came from.

While Hoffman has returned home, his teas and talks have left a lasting impression.

Megan Zaubi
Features Editor

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