When Theresa Wong experienced a Chinese tea ceremony for the first time, she hadn't considered "the difference between drinking tea and tasting tea." Years later, the former insurance saleswoman guides customers through tastings at a small gourmet tea shop for a living. She still considers herself a student, but with every tea ceremony she becomes more the teacher of a tradition that reaches across the globe.
Note: Theresa has opened her own tea shop, named T Shop. You can visit her at 247 Elizabeth St. in Soho, Manhattan. You can also still visit Fang Gourmet Tea at 135-25 Roosevelt Ave in Flushing, Queens.
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