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Become a Tea Master 101

Orinda, United States

Experience hosted by Darius

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

Are you a recent pu-erh convert or oolong fanatic? Japanese green tea enthusiast? All of the above? This is the tea tasting experience for you! This course is specifically for tea lovers who want to go more in-depth into a specific category of tea. In the 75-minute course we'll choose a few of teas from our collection for a tasting custom-tailored to your interest and taste. We'll talk brewing techniques, tea processing, terroir, contextual tradition, and most importantly, enjoy drinking fine tea together. If you are new to the vast world of tea and would prefer a more introductory tasting tour, please see our other Airbnb experience, the Artisan Tea Tasting Workshop, https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/490201
Other things to note
Not eating garlic and onions 24 hours before your experience will help your palate identify the nuance tastes, plus the subtle yet complex flavours from these artisan teas.
Are you a recent pu-erh convert or oolong fanatic? Japanese green tea enthusiast? All of the above? This is the tea tasting experience for you! This course is specifically for tea lovers who want to go more in-depth into a specific category of tea. In the 75-minute course we'll choose a few of teas from our collection for a tasting custom-tailored to your interest and taste. We'll talk brewing techniques, tea processing, terroir, contextual tradi…

What's included

  • Food
    Refreshment, local artisan pastry, premium dark chocolate Hawaiian Kau coff...
  • Drinks
    Our collection of artisanal white, green, oolong, black/red, pu-erh, and he...
  • Equipment
    Specialty Yixing Purple Sand Clay teapots. Porcelain and Glass Gaiwans, use...

Meet your host, Darius

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 21 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am the procurement director and head of tea tenders at Teance Fine Teas. I have spent years traveling around the world, visiting tea gardens and learning about the ancient art of artisan tea. I specialize in teaching classes on white, green, oolong, pu-erh, and herbal teas from China, Taiwan, India, Japan, and locally. I also incorporate mindfulness practices, understanding the health benefits fo tea, and expert brewing techniques into my experiences. Participants leave my class knowing more about the culture, history, and joy of tea than most ever understand.
I am the procurement director and head of tea tenders at Teance Fine Teas. I have spent years traveling around the world, visiting tea gardens and learning about the ancient art of artisan tea. I specialize in teaching classes on white, green, oolong, pu-erh, and herbal teas from China, Taiwan, India, Japan, and locally. I also incorporate mindfulness practices, understanding the health benefits fo tea, and expert brewing techniques into my experiences. Participants leave my class knowing more a…
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Where you'll be

Join me in my beautiful tea room at our beautiful home, tucked away amongst nature in the Orinda hills. I have a large room where you can comfortably spread out and relax as I come around to serve you. This unique invitation, and opportunity, is offered as part of your tea experience. Soft carpet and pillows are provided to sit on. Chairs available upon request. We kindly ask you remove your shoes.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Shubhra
April 2021
Set in a spacious room in a home in a quiet wooded area, the atmosphere is relaxing. You are able to focus your senses on the teas before you. It is a no-judgement interactive experience where there are no wrong answers or silly questions. Darius is knowledgeable and friendly. At the end of the experience you come away with more appreciation for tea and the know-how for better daily tea preparation. Highly recommend!
Set in a spacious room in a home in a quiet wooded area, the atmosphere is relaxing. You are able to focus your senses on the teas before you. It is a no-judgement interactive expe…
Janet
April 2021
Darius was super knowledgeable. He taught us the history, process, and pairing of teas. We now how a much better understanding and appreciation of tea making. He also provided mochi muffins, which were delicious and paired very nicely! Highly recommend this experience!
Darius was super knowledgeable. He taught us the history, process, and pairing of teas. We now how a much better understanding and appreciation of tea making. He also provided moch…
Ying
January 2020
This tea tasting session was a Christmas present I received so I had no idea what to expect. After my session with Darius, now I can say it was truly a delightful experience! Darius was fun, thoughtful, insightful and embraces the entire tea and meditation culture. Highly recommended for tea lovers out there. The tea selection he chose were very tasty!
This tea tasting session was a Christmas present I received so I had no idea what to expect. After my session with Darius, now I can say it was truly a delightful experience! Dariu…
Vishal
January 2020
Darius' knowledge, passion, and guided journey through teas and the stories behind them is an experience i thoroughly enjoyed. I wasn't a tea drinker but i left there feeling very excited about teas. The quality of the teas is top notch. Would highly recommend this experience whether you are into tea or not, i'm sure you will leave with a great appreciation for the culture.
Darius' knowledge, passion, and guided journey through teas and the stories behind them is an experience i thoroughly enjoyed. I wasn't a tea drinker but i left there feeling very…
Virginia
October 2019
If you have any interest in learning about tea, this is for you. Darius is the rare expert who takes pleasure in sharing his knowledge, but truly doesn't judge anyone else's level of expertise. His career and personal experiences with the tea make the stories and lesson extremely engaging. He is, indeed, the most interesting man in the world yet extremely open and fun to speak to. I left having 10x'ed my tea knowledge, but feeling comfortable that the most important thing about tea is to enjoy it in all its forms. This is really a perfect afternoon in Berkeley.
If you have any interest in learning about tea, this is for you. Darius is the rare expert who takes pleasure in sharing his knowledge, but truly doesn't judge anyone else's level…
Barbara
September 2019
I find Darius' knowledge and enthusiasm for tea to be very inspiring. He has wonderful and very interesting stories about his travels to tea farms around the world. Darius is very articulate and interactive with his guests. Very warm and welcoming. I loved the class and am looking forward to attending more.
I find Darius' knowledge and enthusiasm for tea to be very inspiring. He has wonderful and very interesting stories about his travels to tea farms around the world. Darius is very…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Curiosity and love of tea