- chaya teahouse
- tea club
- winter rest
Brewing tea is pressing a pause button in a stressful life, taking a few minutes to be in the present, attend to the tea leaves “dancing” in their tea pot and enjoy the calm, focused, meditative state that we need for social, emotional, physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing. Pei takes the tea ritual out into unlikely, busy, spaces: an unusual tea event in Trafalgar Square promoting mindfulness.
Deutsche Welle Radio Interview: odd jobs: meet the tea artisan 4min 54sec
Read the accompanying blog post: odd jobs: meet the tea artisan
Wang believes that in the modern day, it is critical to take more time to live in the present – that we are naturally inclined towards the future or distracted by emails, phone calls and the paraphernalia of modern life that takes us away from the moment. And for Wang, it is in making and drinking tea that this crucial pausing can take place.
~~ Page 124: “A Pause Button”. See also pages 120, 122 and 255
On the inauspicious St Luke’s Road in west London there hides a Chinese teahouse built on the traditional philosophies of reflection, moral wellbeing and healing. Singapore-born Chinese Tea artisan Pei Wang, known as the “tea sommelier” studied the art of tea in China, Singapore, Malaysisa and Japan, constantly cultivating the perfect teas for his London tearoom. We recommend the Honey Orchid Phoenix tea, “a rate single bush tea, with a lingering aroma of honey and fresh peaches.” The opposite of a frenzied Starbucks crack – caffeine, sorry – fix, Teanamu’s elegant and spiritual approach will leave you refreshed, both mentally and physically. To fully savour the art of a cuppa, book a tea appreciation class for £55.
Occasionally, a milky mug of English breakfast tea and a muffin at teatime just won’t quite cut it. Local establishment Teanamu Chaya Teahouse knows exactly how to put the sense of occasion back into afternoon tea. Hosted from a residential house behind Portobello Road, their 40 varieties of Chinese and Japanese teas are presented with ritual and ceremony. Nibbly treats include
green tea macaroons and white tea and rose madeleines. It is only open on Saturday and Sunday between 12 and 6pm, so it is worth booking in advance.
His reputation saves me from the cold
The courtyard cobbles grapple with my feet
Propel me to his door (they read my tang)
I’m greeted by umami yet it’s sweet
This is Pei Wang!
~~ Page 73: “Poem: Tea People- Pei Wang”