ABQ Arts December 08

David Edwards, who owns New Mexico Tea Company with his mother Dianne Edenfi eld, opened the doors two years ago to purvey fine loose teas (no by the cup sales). Edwards holds free Friday evening tastings limited to six people.

Like a conversation, tastings take on the character of the participants. Some want to know the basics, others focus on the health benefi ts, some want the history. “I offer eight teas, a pure and a fl avored variety of each of the four kinds of tea,” Edwards says. “Often, people are intimidated by the idea of a tasting. But this is a good way for someone to expand their palate or to simply get an overview. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like some type of tea.

Edwards also schedules a Chinese tea class/ceremony taught by a Chinese tea instructor named Yatoe. Participants learn the Gongfu style of preparing and brewing traditional Chinese teas for $35 per person.

New Mexico Tea Company’s tiny loft space is a study in elegant design and carries a beautiful selection of Asian teapots and cups.