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Ratna Somantri

Let's Fall In Love With Tea


Ratna Somantri's first encounter with tea was from her mother, who always serve tea to the family. During her time at Le Cordon Bleu, Sydney, she continues to learn about tea from all over the world. She established Tea Lovers Community with some other fellow tea lovers in Indonesia. Currently, she is also the Chairman of the Tea Board of Promotion of Indonesia for 2014-2017. Ratna often invited as a speaker in various tea-related events and enjoyed teaching classes through tea at Tea Institute. In her presentations, Ratna shared her knowledge about tea history in the world and in Indonesia in particular. Indonesia is one of the largest tea producing country, but the awareness for the tea culture itself is still low. Through her community, Ratna believes that Indonesian teas should be more appreciated in our own country. Her dream is that our best teas should be available and enjoyed in every Indonesian home and that their growing popularity will prosper local tea producers. 

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What Tea to Buy When You're a Minimalist

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Architect Carl Sergio travels the world listening to U2, channeling George Carlin and carrying a small backpack. He suggests everyone should try the challenge of breaking all of your belongings down, and only keeping 100 things. He is very indecisive when it comes to what kind of tea to buy in the supermarket because there are just too many choices. 

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Maalu Paan & Plain Tea

@ VOL 4 ON FEB 22, 2015

Rommel Arumugam uses the ironies in his life, sarcasm and awkward humor to develop a (hopefully) unique series of artworks that are the results of his passion projects.

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How I became a tea cup

@ VOL 2 ON JUN 23, 2015

Lauren Mitchell is passionate about carnivals and talks us through what goes on behind the scenes getting the costumes and sculptures ready for these amazing events.

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Tea ceremony in China

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 19, 2015

Софья рассказывает о Китайской чайной церемонии.

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Tea from Around the World

@ VOL 5 ON JUL 10, 2015

Dani Lieuthier has travelled for 9 months visiting 9 countries just to study tea. (In Portuguese)

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Tea in Laos: Tasting the Landscape

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Anna-Maria is an architect-turned-tea-lover who started travelling Laos’ tea growing provinces with her husband and their two motorbikes, in search of open-minded producers and the tastiest leaves the magnificent landscapes have to offer. Under the name of ‘Kinnari Tea of Laos’ she is about to open a small shop-cum-tea house in downtown Vientiane. She talks about her journey in search of tea in Laos.

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Tea Time

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 24, 2016

Belinda Bigold is a local entrepreneur; the co-founder and CEO of High Tea Bakery. Her mission in business and in life is to provide those around her with the ingredients for a delicious life. Belinda holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, is a former competitive cyclist, and a lifelong traveller. She is currently obsessed with vintage motorbikes, but has yet to learn how to ride one.

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The Art of Tea Mixology

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 08, 2017

"We are tea mixologists, so we do more than just create the blends." 

In The Art of Tea Mixology from PechaKucha Night Brighton Vol. 28Mike Turner shares the journey that he and his wife, Krisi, took from Canada to Brighton and from a passion to career with the art of tea mixology.  

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Tales from the Tea Trail

@ VOL 5 ON MAR 10, 2018

Learn about multi-cultural tea traditions old and new from tea sommelier, Elizabeth Knight. Tea more than a drink, is revered as a sacred plant, a medicine, a beverage, a meal, an expression of hospitality, and an essential component of celebrations around the world.