At the Aria Bar & Lounge of The Langham, Melbourne, keep an eye out for waitstaff wearing a distinctive pair of Wedgwood cufflinks or a Wedgwood cameo brooch.
These items signify that the wearer has passed an exam on the art of making tea following an intensive 8 hour training course conducted by Wedgwood.
The Wedgwood tea training course includes theory, tea tastings and service as well as a written exam where only a grade of 90% or more earns a pass mark.
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DIFFERENT KINDS OF TEAS
From traditional black teas to caffeine free herbal tisanes such as chamomile, lemon and ginger, Aria's team is well versed in advising guests about tea selection and explain to interested guests that all tea is loose leaf and weighed before brewing.
Also, please remember this tip on how to avoid a pot of tea becoming bitter: tea leaves should be removed just moments before being served.
BECOMING A TEA SOMMELIER
“The comprehensive training really helps give our team the confidence to help guests make a tea selection that will suit them best. We think of ourselves as tea sommeliers. Except in our case, our tools of the trade are scales, thermometers, bespoke tea bags, fine bone china instead of corkscrews and decanters,” comments Damian Kalusiewicz, manager of Aria Bar & Lounge.
She added: “We are extremely precise about ensuring black teas are only made using water heated to a rolling boil, while green and white teas are made with cooler water heated to 80 degrees.”
SWEETS FOR AFTERNOON TEA
It's not just tea that is served at The Langham.
Miniature salted caramel and macadamia tarts, passionfruit and mango macarons, scones and fresh cream and jam and strawberry choux pastry with citrus cream accompany delicate finger sandwiches all served on an impressive three tiered tea stand.
At The Langham, Melbourne's traditional afternoon teas are served in the hushed and relaxed surrounding of the hotel's Aria Bar & Lounge. The hotel's dedicated pastry kitchen is renowned for their innovation and use of fresh, local produce.
ABOUT THE WEDGWOOD AFTERNOON TEA
AT THE LANGHAM MELBOURNE
The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood is a decadent experience including Wedgwood specialty teas served in tailor-made “”Langham Rose” Wedgwood china accompanied by a selection of savoury sandwiches such as smoked salmon, cucumber and horseradish crème fraiche, free range ham with tomato chutney and English cheddar, avocado, watercress, micro basil and heirloom tomato salad and free range chicken with chives and lemon thyme.
There are also fruit and buttermilk scones with clotted cream and strawberry and rose petal preserve.
The tea stand's top tier also includes a Valrhona Manjari chocolate sphere, hazelnut and sable biscuit, a white chocolate mousse with raspberry and pistachio and a mushroom shaped meringue with Chantilly cream.