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TeaSource Classes

Online: Tasting and Learning Tea

with Bill Waddington

This class is sold out but you can audit it for FREE! Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to attend. 



Date & Time: April 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Class Fee: $37.00 - SOLD OUT
Class fee includes cost of material for this class, if provided.

Audit this class for FREE! Registration required.

Skill Level: Beginner

Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world (after water)! And with 3,000 types of tea all coming from just one plant, there’s a lot to consider when selecting a tea.  

Marine Mills Folk School is pleased to welcome Bill Waddington, founder of TeaSource, to help us dive into the subject. Bill has been sipping and teaching about tea throughout the world for many years and he’s agreed to share his knowledge and passion during this informative and fun online class. He doesn’t guarantee you’ll learn EVERYTHING there is to know about tea, but we’re certain you’ll learn plenty and in the process become an aficionado of all things tea.

Each attendee will receive a kit of tea samples before the class. 

During the class, participants will follow along with Bill as they prepare, taste and learn about 6 samples of tea, one from each of the 6 categories of tea (Camellia sinensis). 

Bill will talk about tea culture, tea history and traditions, he’ll have tips for brewing and tasting, plus there will be plenty of time for questions. You’ll also receive a handout on the basics of tea along with some really cool tea pictures.

*Note: Students will receive kits with the necessary materials in advance. The cost of this class includes the kit plus shipping cost.

In order for the tea to be delivered in time for the class, please register by April 3, 2021. As you know, deliveries can be a bit wonky so register early!

Students will need the following, in order to fully participate in the class:

  • Kit, mailed prior to class
  • A source of boiling water
  • Cups for tea drinking

Online Class General Information:

  • Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone). This is to ensure we don’t have more people registered than the instructor is comfortable with having in a class. Please be respectful of this guideline and purchase multiple class spots if more than one person from your household is interested in attending.
  • You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which to access the online class. Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins, to ensure your connection and device are ready when the class begins.  
  • Each class will be held using Zoom technology. You will receive a link and a password and information on how to log on,  prior to the class. You will be able to view and ask questions during the class.

2020 International Virtual Tea Festival (IVTF)

November 7-8, 2020, 9 am - 4 pm CST


Creativity & Experiments in Chinese Teas, presented by Bill Waddington

Free Pre-recorded Session

30-45 minutes

China is the birthplace of tea. It is also the cradle of creativity in terms of tea-making. 

This class will highlight three new teas from China; a Dark tea, a classic Oolong-reimagined, and an Oolong/Black mashup. All three are absolutely delicious; and folks in the U.S. have probably never tasted any of these teas before.

Equally important, this session will demonstrate why and how there can be thousands upon thousands of teas (and new ones all the time), all from one plant.  


Journey Into Tea - The First Steps

Saturday, Nov. 7, 8:00-8:25 am

Free Pre-recorded Session

Are you just dipping your toe into the world of loose leaf teas? Wondering what type of tea is what; how they get from the tea plant to your cup? Not sure where to start, what equipment you absolutely have to have and things that are just nice to have? This is the session for you. Nicole will take you through the main types of loose leaf teas, general guidelines for preparing them and demonstrate a few ways to steep from the simple to the elegant.


The Mysterious World of Dark Tea, presented by Bill Waddington

Saturday Nov. 7, 3:00-4:00 pm, Livestream Room 2

Pre-registration required

There’s a Chinese tea, mostly from Hunan province, called Dark Tea, that is shrouded in mystery. It is a medium-bodied tea with many varieties, renowned in China for its health properties. The Chinese have been drinking this tea since the 9th century, but it is almost unknown in the West. This workshop will explore the world of Dark Tea. We will taste at least three different types of Dark Tea. We will explain many aspects of Dark Tea: where it comes from, how is it made, and what makes it unique. This is not a session on the health benefits of Dark Tea. But, If you like learning and tasting things new, this is the session for you. 


All About Earl Grey, presented by Molly Nesham of Persnicketea, featuring TeaSource teas

Sunday 11/8  5:00 p.m.  Livestream Room 1



Mini-Sessions at the TeaSource Virtual Booth

Each session will be 10-20 minutes long, live and interactive


Saturday, November 7

     9:00am        TeaSource Virtual Booth Open

     9:30am        Coffee Addict to Tea Fanatic

   11:30am        Tea Trivia Contest (with prizes)

     1:30pm        How & Why to Use a Gaiwan

     3:30pm        The Mysterious World of Dark Tea (pre-registration necessary)


Sunday, November 8

     9:00am        TeaSource Virtual Booth Open

     9:30am        Customer Favorites

   11:30am        De-bunking Tea Myths

     1:30pm        Seasonal Favorites & Specials

     3:30pm        Bundles of Tea: My favorite Sheng Puers