"Food for Thought"


"Tea: Before and After Tea Bags"

Lynn Benson, Tea House 278, Bar Harbor


Date: September 25, 2015

Location: Birch Bay Village Inn

Time: Lunch 11:30, $11 each // Lecture noon - 1:00
Reservations required - call the ASC office 288-9500, or email: learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org


Did you know that tea is the second most widely consumed beverage on earth, after water? Join Acadia Senior College on Friday September 25, at Birch Bay Village Inn, Hulls Cove. The season opening Food For Thought program will feature Lynn Benson of Tea House 278, Main Street, Bar Harbor.

“In most cultures around the world various tea related traditions play a central role in everyday life,” says Lynn Benson of Tea House 278. Lynn has devoted herself to the study of tea, and traveling to find it. She and her husband John opened Tea House 278, Main Street, Bar Harbor in order to share their passion for tea with others.

Lynn will discuss a brief history of tea and the areas where it is grown. She will also look at the role tea plays in improving and maintaining our physical health and mental well-being.

We will explore the better known types of tea: green, white, oolong and black as well as a lesser known type, Puerh. The importance of flavor and aroma in the context of proper steeping will be discussed. And, yes, we will examine the mythology of tea and caffeine.

Her experience centers around tea and tea culture in China and Taiwan, where Tea House 278’s tea is sourced.