Appreciating tea with David DeCandia

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf invited bloggers for a night with tea connoisseur and Master Tea Blender David DeCandia for a session on tea appreciation.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Lead

Unless you count iced tea, tea drinking hasn’t caught on the same way coffee did with the influx of coffee shops all over the Philippines. Tea, however, is starting to get its following. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Marketing Director Paolo del Rosario seized this opportunity to introduce Filipinos to the different range of flavors that tea has to offer.

Teaching bloggers how to properly slurp the tea, Mr. DeCandia proceeded to introduce five different teas for tasting: the Genmaicha Green, a toasty brew with a sweetness provided by rice; the Fancy Formosa Dragon Oolong with a subtle floral aroma and a hint of peach; the Apricot Ceylon, a light tea with the fruity flavor of apricot; the Chai, the full bodied spicy tea, which has long been the favorite of many tea drinkers, and; the African Sunrise, a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf exclusive, which will be available in the Philippine starting June 2008.

Some photos from the Tea Appreciation Seminar:

Spot the bloggers
Can you spot and identify the bloggers?

David DeCandia teaching bloggers how to slurp
David DeCandia teaching the finer points of slurping tea

Lining up the get the first taste of the Genmaicha Green

Hiking buddies AJ and Phoebe
AJ and Phoebe

Noemi and Ajay
Noemi and Ajay

Eric, Arpee and Khursten
Eric, Arpee and Khusten

With Fritz
Nina and Fritz

Khursten, Kaoko and their Pinkies
Khursten and Kaoko with their Pinkies

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