Buzz: Killer Espresso Presents Tea 101 Workshop

Bucktown Cafe is Serious About Top-Notch Tea, Too

Sunday, April 11

1-3 p.m.

$5 per person

Buzz: Killer Espresso, the recently opened coffeehouse located in the thick of Bucktown’s foodie heaven, will get to show off another facet of its gastronomic passion: the world’s best teas. The cafe will host a Tea 101 workshop from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.

Buzz offers organic, fair-trade teas from Milwaukee-based company Rishi Tea, including botanicals, black, green, white, rooibos and pu-erh teas, each served according to their optimal temperature. Led by veteran tea professional and committed epicure Waleed Al-Shamma of Rishi Tea, the Tea 101 workshop will explore the world of tea processing, varieties, origins, health benefits, brewing techniques and history. Guests will get a chance to taste and discuss a variety of teas including the delicate, antioxidant-rich white and green teas; strong, flavorful black and pu-erh teas; African Bush Rooibos; and an array of herbals.

This interactive course will include information on how to:

1) Recognize premium whole leaf teas

2) Properly prepare whole leaf teas (steeping and other relevant guidelines)

3) Distinguish the nuances of flavor and aroma

4) Proper ways to enjoy tea and tea wares to use

5) Health benefits of tea

Buzz: Killer Espresso’s Tea 101 workshop costs $5 per person, and all participants will receive a 15 percent discount on tea-related purchases made that day. Due to demand, there are a limited number of spaces available; pre-registration is required by e-mailing

Buzz: Killer Espresso is open weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. To find out what’s brewing each day, become a fan of Buzz: Killer Espresso on Facebook.

Waleed Al-Shamma of Rishi Tea

A committed epicure for the past decade, Waleed Al-Shamma believes that eating an organic, sustainable, local and humane diet can change every facet of a person for the better. Waleed began his food career as the tea, coffee and chocolate buyer at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was in this position that he learned about the virtues of loose-leaf tea and began teaching classes to staff and the general public. He later helped open the first tearoom in Traverse City, Michigan in the spring of 2007, and joined Rishi Tea when he moved to Chicago in the summer of 2008. Currently he operates his own business, LOST foods, which is dedicated to promoting sustainable food.

Buzz: Killer Espresso
1644 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

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