When buying real teas, you deserve better than a mere transaction. At The Artisan Tea Hut, you can drink teas with us, discover craftsmanship with us, chat about life with us, and while away the hours with us.
Consider The Artisan Tea Hut your home away from home and a place of friendship.
Right on the border of Canberra, we've built two rustic tearooms with your holistic sensory experience in mind. On warm and still days, you will be our guest in our outdoor tearoom, surrounded by running water, grape vines and berry bushes, hand-carved wooden decor, and inquisitive little animals. On cold and windy days, you will be our guest in our indoor tearoom where you can cosy up next to our wood-burning fireplace.
FREE PUBLIC TEA SESSIONS
We host the following free sessions each month:
~ Introduction to Artisan Teas ~ ~ Introduction to Tea Meditation ~
The dates, times and place for the free sessions will be announced on our Facebook page, our Instagram page, and onMeetUp. You can reserve a seat (two seats at the most) by messaging us directly on our social media pages, or by sending us a message at our contact page.
Please note that by booking and attending any of our tea sessions, you will be agreeing to our code of conduct, which includes a public liability waiver and cancellation policy. Also please note that we have a specific booking and cancellation policy for those who wish to book two seats.
TEA SESSIONS FOR MEMBERS
If you enjoyed your experience at our free sessions and want more, you can sign up for our membership series. We host the following membership sessions each month:
~ Artisan Tea Discovery Series* ~ $35.00 annual fee. Entitled to bring 1 guest for free to each tea session. A free annual subscription to Tea Journey Magazine, valued at $25.00. Exclusive opportunities to travel with The Artisan Tea Hut's founder, Jaq James, through China's tea regions.
~ Guided Tea Meditation Series* ~ $45.00 annual fee. Entitled to bring 1 guest for free to each tea session. A free annual subscription to Tea Journey Magazine, valued at $25.00. Exclusive opportunities to travel with The Artisan Tea Hut's founder, Jaq James, through China's tea regions.
~ Treasured Artisan Tea Series* ~ $220.00 annual fee. A free annual subscription to Tea Journey Magazine, valued at $25.00. Exclusive opportunities to travel with The Artisan Tea Hut's founder, Jaq James, through China's tea regions.
* Please note that the above membership fees are our winter special prices only. From the start of spring, membership to the Artisan Tea Discovery Series will be $60.00 a year, and $75.00 a year for the Guided Tea Meditation Series. The Treasured Artisan Tea Series will commence in 2021. Membership to each of our series entitles you to seating for at least 6 tea sessions throughout the year.
PRIVATE GROUP TEA SESSIONS
Private group tea sessions are available by prior arrangement at $90.00 a session for a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 4 guests. Private sessions can be booked through ourcontact page.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM OUR TEA SESSIONS?
Our sessions normally run for around 2 to 3 hours, and you will get to sample 3 to 6 different types of Chinese artisan teas. During the tea discovery sessions, your hosts (who have a combined background in agriculture and Chinese tea production) will discuss the topics of tea science, tea culture and tea history. During the tea meditation sessions, your hosts will guide you in how to focus on the full sensory experience of the teas you sample, along with a discussion of Daoist, Zen Buddhist and neo-Confucian philosophies. In the treasured artisan tea sessions - specifically designed for advanced tea connoisseurs - your hosts will serve some of China's rarest and finest artisan teas, as well as share the personal stories of the people behind the teas.
You will also have the opportunity to purchase any of the teas you try and like, or any of our teawares that take your fancy.
HOW DO OUR PRICES COMPARE?
Attending just one tea ceremony at a teahouse in China is usually around $40.00 to $60.00 per person. In the United States - where artisan tea culture is taking off - it ranges from anywhere between $70.00 to $220.00 per person. So you may be wondering why we are running free sessions and why our membership fees are so affordable. It is because our business model is based around the sharing economy that we are able to keep our prices competitive. You can read more about this further below.
WHAT TYPE OF BUSINESS ARE WE?
We've chosen to establish The Artisan Tea Hut under a sharing economy model by modifying free space in a residential premise. Under this model, we are able to eliminate high commercial rents that so often cripple small local businesses unable to compete with the purchasing power of large corporations. Furthermore, by being based in a neighbourhood environment, we are able to cultivate a genuine sense of community that corporations try to mimic, but often struggle to achieve. The sharing economy model lends itself perfectly to turning a mere transactional experience into an experience of social and local connection that so many people are pining for nowadays - and the reviews below attest to this. Following in the footsteps of Airbnb and WelcomeOver, we are excited to be part of a growing movement that is changing the status quo.
Try before you buy through our regular tea sessions held just outside of Canberra
Call us on 0429 644 645 or reach us through our contact page