Editorial Conversation: Book 1 - Chapter 1: Levels of Practice

This editorial conversation discusses Levels of Practice. Our discussion centers on the understanding of the Utilitarian, Structural-Functionalist, Phenomenological levels of practice as applied to Chinese Tea Ceremony.

Jason M Cohen
Jason M Cohen

The first installment of our new podcast "Editorial Conversations", where I moderate a discussion with the editorial team on each weeks chapter.

The show is available on YouTube and Spotify.


  • 10:15 - Ryan says "creating Chaxi" but intended to say "crafting a great tea experience".
  • 13:10 - Patrick says " I've learned to let the tea speak a little bit more and myself and my technique speak a little bit less", but meant to say "…"Myself and my ego speak a little bit less".  When referring to application of the phenomenological approach in one's own tea practice.
  • 18:34 - Patrick says "this was his 'tiger spring' for the emperor" referring to the "spring of running tigers" in Hangzhou, to which a humorous story about Qianlong is attributed. (Refer to http://chadao.blogspot.com/2007/03/story-of-qianlong-emperor-and-jade.html)

Jason M Cohen

Master of Ceremonies at Tea Technique. Founder & CEO of Simulacra Synthetic Data Studio. Previously: Founder of Analytical Flavor Systems & Founder of the Tea Institute at Penn State (defunct).