Tea Tasting at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Savor a tea tasting at the famed Dushanbe Teahouse with ethnobotanist Selena Ahmed. Ahmed studied tea in China’s Yunnan Province, drinking as many as 30 cups a day! She is an expert on the effects of climate change on tea quality and is coauthor of The Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Road to Tibet. Completely built by hand, the beautiful and intricate teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as a gift to its sister city, Boulder. Learn more about the history of the teahouse as you partake in a delicious lunch entrée from the Teahouse’s diverse menu.
Friday, February 13 • 11 a.m. • $60 member, $75 nonmember (lunch included)
Tea Horse Road: The World’s Oldest and Highest Tea Trade Route
Journey to China, the motherland of the tea plant, and across the Himalaya, along the world’s oldest and highest tea trade route. Ethnobotanist Selena Ahmed, coauthor of the book Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Road to Tibet, examines the lives and landscapes that were touched by the exchange of tea and other natural resources. She will share the enduring history of tea, including how tea is related to modern issues such as sustainable farming, globalization, conservation, and human wellness. You will also enjoy tasting cocktails with herbal blends from Shoots & Roots Bitters, a company started by Ahmed and two fellow scientists. Ahmed applies her phytochemistry expertise to creating high-quality botanical infusions using plants she studies around the world.
Thursday, February 12 • 7 p.m. • Ricketson Auditorium • $15 member $18 nonmember • cash bar • book sale & signing
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