Lunch lectures Guggenh.
Drink tea and forget the worries of the world (T'ien Yiheng); a good reason
to immerse oneself in the wonders of tea, facilitated by the Berliner
Teesalon opposite the impressive ruin of the Elisabethkirche (Elisabeth
Church) in the Rosenthaler Vorstadt. It is not immediately obvious that
there is a tearoom and a place of event alongside the pretty tea-shop.
The visitor sits surrounded by shelves laden with hundreds of receptacles
containing three hundred types of tea from all over the world. Among them
are handmade raku bowls, silver-plated oriental teapots, paper-thin
porcelain and stocky miniature teapots from China, reminiscent of Taoist
The leisurely visitor can try different sorts of tea before buying them,
find out about the recommended water temperature, brewing time and the
number of possible infusions. The names and descriptions of the various teas
are most poetic and tempting. Tea of Cloud and Mist for instance, the Autumn
Deity of Compassion, the Phoenix of Tanchauyin or the rare and precious
Silver Needle Tea, which the Chinese compare to the sunrise on an alpine
meadow illuminating veils of mist. A particular speciality among the direct
imports is top quality tea from the Secret Tea Gardens of China, which was
once kept for the Emperor’s exclusive use. Even today, only a few varieties
are on the market.
A series of events called ‘The Tea Journey’ takes you on a voyage through
the most important tea regions of the world. Along the way, you can discover
the poetry, facts and taste of one of the world’s main tea plantations.
These events take place on Saturday afternoons for groups of up to seven
people, and should be booked in advance.