When you walk down Carlton Street you can feel a sense of business and busyness, you know that there’s a kind of microcosm here also of all that’s good and bad in the city.
August Moon Tea brings the Tea Ceremony and wonderful teas to Nottingham.
At the bottom of Goose Gate, number 60, the very last building on the right hand side of the road, just down from Asiana supermarket and opposite Emmanuel House, climb to the top of th
And at the top of the building that is number 60 Goose Gate you’ll find wonderful sense of past, presence and welcome. A business where the stories of people flow and intersect, a wonderful arrival in the City of Literature.
(August Moon Tea is found at the bottom of Carlton Street at the top of the building)
Where the two intersect, a young person has created a wonderful haven of calm, heading right back into the Tang Dynasty (618-907) but you can’t see it straight away. Tea had always been used as a medicine and became more important during this period.
Drinking tea started in the Han Dynasty 221–206.
In the Tang Dynasty, Lu Yu a disciple of the Master Zou Fuzi, was the major influence over how tea could be used and developed. Following his master he produced a book which explained in detail how tea should be consumed from plantation to preparation to drinking.
Everything is a story, has a story. 60 Goose Gate might be the place where the wind might live…
Estelle Liu has come all the way from Yaan in Schichuan famous for wonderful tea, spring water and pandas. She studied here and decided (with support from her mum) to integrate the idea of Tea Ceremonies as a way to unwind, reflect and connect with simple slowness and flavours.
Nottingham is a city of stories: Estelle thinks that everything is a story. August Moon Tea combines Estelle’s love and knowledge of teas and authentic Chinese craft and culture with a gentle way of connecting with people from all walks of life.
August Moon Tea is a great name: every year for the last 3000 years, the August Moon celebration has become a Chinese tradition connecting Chinese people wherever they are with a spiritual and magical notion of reunion, rebirth and resolution.
It was meant to be: we are so lucky to have her!
The Process (opencity interpretation of a Tea Ceremony Friday morning 20th January 2017)
We are comfortable
There is a wonderful feeling of being invited to participate, connect
The environment is full of old things, beautiful old things
Put the kettle on (Estelle)
Boil the water
Warm pot to help release the tea flavours
Put tea in the pot
Water to wash the tea, wake up the tea
Pour the water out
into a Fair Mug to serve (serve the the tea equally)
Drink it: we drink green tea and we drink lapsang souchong
We have talked about china and tea and work and trade and people and
It’s spirit lifting!
Two amazing hours where I feel I want to understand Chinese culture and help this business grow.
Thank you Estelle