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Aasta Collaborative Pop-up Tea Bar


Thu 8 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 9 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 10 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Work-Shop, Cnr Cleveland & Eveleigh Street, Redfern, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: nwakeford

Attention Tea Lovers, your calls are answered!

Sydney’s passionate, yet somewhat underloved community of tea enthusiasts can release a collective sigh of relief, as their wishes for a place to enjoy amazing tea have been answered. The Australasian Specialty Tea Association, AASTA, is conducting a first of its kind tea collaboration, with numerous tea companies serving up high quality teas over three days in October.

Hosted by Work-Shop Sydney (Cnr Cleveland & Eveleigh St, Redfern), Patrons can expect exotic, rare and specialty leaf teas prepared by some of Australia's leading tea professionals. Light snacks and seating will be provided, creating an intimate environment for tea businesses to talk and educate tea lovers. Different specialty tea companies will operate the tea bat each day, giving patrons motivation to return daily to explore each tea companies unique approach to tea.

By night the space will revert to a Work-Shop classroom where tea experts will be on hand to run sessions on tea appreciation.

Tea Cart Schedule

Thursday 8 October: T-nomics & Tian He Healing Arts
T-nomics ( sources its teas from a community of growers, tea merchants and local importers from some of the finest and most historic tea plantations in the world, rich in history and forged in the traditional craft of tea blending.

Tian He Healing Arts
The Tian He Tea Room ( specialises in fine and rare chemical free Chinese tea served Gongfu style. The teas are sourced mostly from small tradition plantations of generally low yield or wild harvested old trees. Using quality tea ware and energised water we strive to create the maximum opportunity within our means to create a full mind and body experience while drinking the tea , allowing the mineral content and energy to be available for your absorption and taste enjoyment.

Friday 9 October: Brewistas
Brewristas ( is for the tea enthusiast in a coffee world. Brewristas is a café with a penchant for loose-leaf tea and a habit for pairing its brews with delicious food. Brewristas’ tea specialist Kat Suy will serve specialty tea, with a guest visit from Nathan Wakeford, current president of AASTA and Head Judge of the World Tea Championship.

Saturday 10 October: Somage Fine Foods & The Chai Room
Somage Fine Foods
Somage Fine Foods ( will offer rare handcrafted teas from its Chamellia Reserve Selection Range, as well as its famous 9 Spice Chai and Chamellia iced tea. Teas to be brewed to perfection by Nathan Wakeford, current president of AASTA and Head Judge of the World Tea Championship.

The Chai Room
The Chai Room ( is the creation of Fatema Khanbhai, a passionate chai drinker, maker and sharer. The Chai Room specialises in hand-blended, all-natural chai tea that is sold both as a dry blend and as a freshly bottled drink, SuperChai. Both offer a beverage like no other, simultaneously nutritious and nourishing.

Tea Class Schedule
Tickets are $30 for AASTA members; $40 for non-members

Thursday 8 October: 6.30-8pm
‘The birth of the modern tea ceremony’ with Michael Kinahan of T-nomics ( will trace the history of the tea ceremony, its evolution and its modern equivalent. This workshop is suitable for café operators and tea enthusiasts interested in changing café culture.

Friday 9 October: 6.30-8pm
‘Introduction to tea + pure tea tasting’ with Cathy Zhang of Ms.Cattea ( will present this comprehensive beginners class. Participants will attain an understanding of the different categories of tea, basic tea tasting and judging skills, how oxidisation affects the taste of the tea, and how powerful tea has been in human history.