So, what is learning? When does information start to belong to me and not to the teacher? For me, it's when I use what I learn and apply it my tea brewing, when I create my own Cha Xi and then share this experience. Or, it's searching and selecting teas that display similar good qualities to those I enjoy most during class (purity, energy, lingering aftertaste...). It's finding my own words, pass my own judgement. Then it's something that's mine and that I can share around.
Teaparker is also expecting us to make more research before class, so that we can focus on the essentials and have more a Q&A type of exchange. Last week, for instance, he asked us to research Professor Chen Chuan (陳椽). Who was he and why is important in the world of tea?
Born in 1908 in Fujian, China and died in 1999. Professor Chen Chuan introduced scientific methods to research the field of tea. We are all familiar with his classification of tea in 6 families according to the oxidation of the leaves and summarized by its color (green, white, yellow, Qing/Oolong, red and black teas). We just didn't know he invented it!
Concerning the origins of tea, his research concluded that tea first appeared in Yunnan. A scientific tea scholar, he published many books about most aspects of tea. He is regarded as the 20th century Lu Yu in China.
Thank you, Professor!
* Note: If I named the blog 'Tea Masters' (notice the plural), it's because I have the chance to meet several during my studies, not because I think I'm one. Even if I'm pretty happy about my brews lately, the more I learn, the more I see how much there is to learn.