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小巷里飘茶香

捷运东门站开通后,原就充斥著观光客与人潮的永康街,显得更加热闹。听说这里有间茶文化工作室,隐身於永康街的巷弄中,我不由得好奇,已如此商业化的永康街如何保留这非商业的人文呢?

沿着永康街的主要街道直行,穿过永康公园,即可见到位于公园旁的永康街31巷,才拐个弯就到了住宅区,放眼所及全是住家不见有店,也寻不著招牌,倒是巷内的两株老树又大又显眼,绿意盎然地衬得这条巷子特別有味道,我一边细赏著这条小巷,一边寻著门牌找到了20之2号,眼前,这两扇仅开一扇的木门扉,贴着一对门联,联上写著「好花未落如相待,家客来能不费招」,看来~我是找著「冶堂」了。

 

【台北美食】冶堂 - 门扉|TaiwanDay

分享茶的美好

1985年成立的冶堂茶文化工作室,从创办人何健先生位于景美的住家开始,以钻研茶叶、茶器及茶文化工作为主,当时并不对外开放,但因同好渐多又想保有自己的私人空间,因此在2002年将自家的客厅延伸到永康街来,让这些为茶氛围而来的友人们,可以有个共同分享的空间。常有人问起,这里是茶行?餐厅?还是茶馆?他笑说:「其实,这里就是我家的客厅,朋友来家里做客,我就为朋友奉杯茶,聊聊茶,分享茶。就如同门联上所表达的心境般,一朵好的花尚未凋落就像是在期待着什么,而好的客人能来,则不需费心地去招呼他来,也不用在这里殷勤的对待他,客人在此是可以自在来去的。」

而冶堂选择设立在此,除了周遭环境的氛围,这房子的木门、小院、石阶及格局,加上老藤、翠竹、鱼缸与木桌椅,实在是贴近他在茶里的体悟与感受,就像门扉只开这么一扇,也是想隔离尘嚣与外界。且既然这儿是自家客厅,就不希望呈现以买卖为主的商业空间,他希望将长时间在茶领域里所获得的养分,包含身体感官及心灵层次方面,能透过这个平台跟每个人分享,让更多的人可以跟他一样,从茶里获得许多的益处。

台北美食】冶堂 - 各式收藏的茶瓷|TaiwanDay
【台北美食】冶堂 - 各式茶瓷|TaiwanDay

只卖台湾好茶

这里所展售的商品,像是来自台湾各个茶区的茶叶、陶器、瓷器、竹子、木头及布料,是要让各地前来的友人除了感觉以外,可以实际的带一点具体的东西回去,或许是包茶叶,或许是个茶器,去延伸与分享在冶堂里的感受,而这样的营运亦可同时维持这个空间的延续与存在。

研究茶近

30年的何健,有著满腹的茶经,可说南道北的论及世界各地的茶,但在冶堂,却只买得到台湾的好茶,且是产地与制程都绝对安全的茶,因为对他来说,台湾这块宝地拥有天然的地理环境,从北到南生产了这么多的好茶,从不发酵的绿茶到部分发酵茶到全发酵的红茶,全来自大自然的恩赐。现场约有 6、7种茶,如三峡绿茶、文山包种茶、南投鹿谷冻顶乌龙茶、高山乌龙茶、木栅铁观音、桃竹苗东方美人茶、鱼池乡红茶等,都可以在这里找到。

【台北美食】冶堂 - 茶瓷|TaiwanDay

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Fragrance of tea from lanes

After the MRT Dongmen station was opened, the ever crowded Yong Kang Street became more popular. I have heard about a tea institute hidden in the lanes here, and I wondered how a tea institute could survive in the commercial Yong Kang area.
Walking along the main Yong Kang Street and cross the Yong Kang Park, then I saw the Lane 31 of Yong Kang Street. Just took a turn, and I found myself inside a residential area. I couldna��t find any stores here. Instead, I saw two old trees large and conspicuous, and the lanes were special because of the trees with green leaves. I appreciated the lane closely and searched for No.2 of Lane 20. In front of me were two wooden doors with one open. There was a couplet on the door, and it said a�?Blossoming flowers look forward to something before they fall, and good guests would come without you asking,a�? I have found the place.

 

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Sharing everything good about tea

Yeh Tang Tea Culture Research Institute was founded in 1985 and first stared from the house of the founder He Chien in Jingmei. At the time, the Institute focused on research on tea leaves, tea ware, and tea culture and was not open to the public. However, more like-minded people came to his place, and he wanted to maintain the privacy of his house. As a result, the Institute moved to Yong Kang Street in 2002, and the tea lovers can have a common space to gather.

a�?Is this place a tea company, restaurant, or a tea store?a�? The owner answers, a�?This place is actually just like the living room of my house, I would serve tea and talk about it when friends come to my place. As the couplet on the door says that a flower looks forward to something when it has fallen, and good guests would come without you asking them to. Guests can freely walk around here.a�?

Apart from the atmosphere of the area, the wooden door, small yard, stone steps, old vines, bamboo, fish tank, and wooden tables and chairs perfectly describe what he feels when having tea. The place is also away from the outside world by leaving only one door open. He hopes that the place can be a platform to share what he gains from drinking and understanding about tea. Since the place is like his living room, he hopes that this place is not focused on business and transactions. Instead, people can come here and gain benefits from knowing more about tea.

 

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Only quality Taiwanese tea is sold

Merchandise sold here includes tea leaves from various production areas, pottery, chinaware, bamboo, wood, and fabrics. The purpose is for visitors to bring something home to prolong and share the tea experience besides visiting the place, and it could be a bag of tea leaves or a piece of tea ware. This way can ensure the place continue to operate.

He Chien has been studying tea for more than 30 years. He has great knowledge about tea and talks about teas from around the world. However, you can only buy Taiwanese tea at this place, and the quality and safety of the tea is guaranteed. For him, nature has blessed Taiwan with such a wonderful environment for growing tea, from unfermented green tea, partially fermented tea, and fully fermented black tea, and you can find teas like Sanxia green tea, Wenshan Paochong tea, Nantou Lugu Dongding oolong tea, high mountain oolong tea, Mucha Tie Guanyin, and oriental beauty from Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli, and black tea from Yuchi township.

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