Altitude Tea, tea teacher

Altitude Tea

Altitude Tea

location_on Waterloo, Sydney

local_activity classes and experiences: Tea

5.0 (76)
Instagram followers3k

Hi there I'm Cara, the founder of Altitude Tea. I've been a life long tea drinker obsessed about tea quality, taste and getting the tea ceremony part down to a fine art. I have sampled over 1, 000 varieties of tea during my life time from all corners of the world and I would like to share with with you the best of the best. Real quality rare and exotic teas grown on a high altitude and how you reach a peaceful state of mind through a tea ceremony experience.

Classes and experiences



Anna McLennan Mar 2024

Amazing experience, very peaceful. We got to try teas and be a part of the creation process in a completely different way than you normally are when making tea at home.

Fran Mar 2024

7 ClassBento workshops attended

This is my 2nd time participating in Cara's class and enjoyed it as much as the first time. We were welcomed into her cosy tea studio and we instantly felt relaxed.The session starts off with a sound bath and then proceeded through to the ceremony and we learnt about the philosophies behind each step. You can't help but feel present, the weight of the world lifted as Cara guides you through the life of the tea leaves as it unfurls, the glugging sound the tea cups make, the aromas and taste of wonderful quality tea. Thank you for the wonderful session for my partner and I Cara, it was just what we needed to start our big weekend!

Apeksha Chadaga Feb 2024

Cara is extremely knowledgeable about tea ceremonies and provided us with a wonderful experience. Highly recommend!

Stacey Wright Feb 2024

Great experience, very interesting. Great tasting tea! And a nice introduction to the mindful practice of sharing tea ️

Rachel Anderson Jan 2024

Cara was an absolute delight! She has so much knowledge and passion for mindfulness and Tea. It is a great combination and lovely way to spend a couple of hours with loved ones. Wasn't sure what to expect but great group of people, great conversation and left feeling rejuvenated.

Great idea for a gift and for yourself.

Hoy Bui Jan 2024

Amazing, loved every bit of it. Thank you soo much, highly reccomended. Definately worth it

Kyla Kohler Dec 2023

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

This is such a soulful peaceful place to arrive at and experience. The selection of teas and knowledge is incredible and Cara is such a gentle human. A good was to decompress and centre away from the world

Norma Clifford Nov 2023

Had a wonderful tea ceremony yesterday with Cara! It was peaceful and relaxing, starting with some sound bowl and chime meditation to get us ready. The tea ceremony itself was also a gentle and mindful experience. We experienced 3 new teas prepared in 2 different ways, Cara teaching us about the individual teas and explaining the significance of each step as she went. Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in tea, wants to learn about tea or is looking for a peaceful practice they can implement into their lives. Thanks Cara!

Host's response

Thank you Norma for this lovely review. I very much enjoyed having you and Diego over. Looking forward to seeing you guys again in the future!

Jo Bowles Nov 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended

An incredible experience; a gift to be truly present. Cara shares her extensive knowledge of tea with her acquired wisdom from life. I so enjoyed our afternoon tea and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for some calm in their lives.

Margaret Dewar Sep 2023

Super relaxing and informative at the same time. Cara was very nice and welcoming. We'll be back and tell our friends too. :)

Tea experience review by Margaret Dewar - Sydney

Fran Nguyen Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I highly recommend Cara's Tea ceremony experience. As a lover of tea, I learnt so much and came appreciate tea even more. Get ready to have all 5 senses heightened and leave feeling relaxed. I look forward to coming back!

Connie Zhang Jul 2023

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

Amazing class with a lovely teacher. The space was cozy and welcoming. We learnt about and tried different types of tea, enjoyed a sound bath and really just took the time to slow down and be mindful and intentional. Highly recommend!

Tomm Hikin Jul 2023

Wasnt sure how it would go but it was so relaxing. Loved hearing the origins of all the techniques used to make the tea.

Hannah Vogel Jul 2023

The host was lovely and I really enjoyed the experience. I would recommend it. Keep in mind it's a small space.

Kathleen Cunningham Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

I was fortunate to have a one on one experience as it was mid week. Cara's small tea room was welcoming and calming. The presentation was simple but elegant. Her knowledge and explanations were both informative and interesting.

Bonnie Ko May 2023

Cara was incredible, we had the best time learning about Chinese tea ceremony rituals. Cara also created a very comfortable and peaceful environment for a great active meditation session. Highly recommend it!

Tea experience review by Bonnie Ko - Sydney

Neha Chandra May 2023

Cara was an exceptional facilitator of a beautiful tea ceremony. I came with my mum on Mother’s Day and we felt her warm welcoming presence from the moment we entered. She cultivated such a great experience from explaining the origin, demonstrations and making mindfullness feel practical in our lives today.

I enjoyed the company of the others in the session and we all felt very connected and warmed from the inside and out! Thanks cara for this unforgettable experience - mum and I loved it!

Tea experience review by Neha Chandra - Sydney

Muavviz Erdil Apr 2023

A very calming experience. It's a good activity to attend with your loved ones

Teresa Griffith Apr 2023

We had an amazing tea time with Cara. Thank you for sharing your knowledge about those beautiful teas and tea making. It was an experience we are very grateful for and will now enjoy tea in a different way. With love, friendship and mindfulness. Thank you to beautiful Cara.

Kavita Lachmaiya Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

I recommend this experience if you're looking for something different, interesting and relaxing.
Cara was knowledgeable, genuine and was a really thoughtful guide through yhe experience.

Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience review by Kavita Lachmaiya - Sydney

Frances Johnson Mar 2023

Went in super stressed from the week before and came out feeling fresh and calm. Also the teas tasted amazing!

Genevieve Moir Feb 2023

It was so good! The most relaxing, beautiful experience… so so lovely. I learnt a lot too! Was really interesting and was transported to another dimension of bliss! Our teacher was to die for gorgeous in every way! Stunning inside and out. If I could go every day, I would!

Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience review by Genevieve Moir - Sydney

Sally Otton Jan 2023

A wonderful afternoon of tea tasting and learning the art of the tea ceremony along with some mindfulness too!

Arushi Bansal Jan 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the wholesome experience this ceremony has to offer. It felt like 1.5 hours of meditation. I highly recommend it!

Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience review by Arushi Bansal - Sydney

Antonella Albini Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Fantastic experience. Interactive yet peaceful and calm, informative without disrupting the tranquil ambience.
We left feeling great all over, body and mind. A lot of wisdom and connections made between the ‘ritual’ and philosophy of life.

Maria Vu Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Spent the morning at the tea ceremony and the experience was simply relaxing. It was a great way to unwind and learn about how tea and mindfulness are connected. Cara is friendly and very knowledgeable about the many different kinds of tea, their origin and brewing techniques. A very unique and enjoyable experience and highly recommended for all tea lovers!

Jarrett Smith Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Awesome experience, very relaxing, tea was fantastic and the teacher was very kind and knowledgeable.

Helen Cokro Dec 2022

Cara was super insightful and it was such an enjoyable and calming experience. Would definitely recommend it to friends!

Zoe Hicks Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

We had an amazing afternoon with Cara where our tea ceremony experience turned into an interactive Daoism workshop with tea sampling. Our topics were wide ranging from life challenges, to relationships and wellbeingthe ancient saying that you can see the world from a flower is the best to describe the experience with Cara's class-you can see the world through a tea leaf!

Cara is very insightful, calm and highly experienced tea sommelier. Everyone takes her class will benefit from her positive energy.

Ling Lee Dec 2022

22 ClassBento workshops attended • 21 reviews

Cara was incredibly lovely and knowledgable, the tea ceremony session was calming and very relaxing.

Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience review by Ling Lee - Sydney

Leon Ouretski Nov 2022

Fantastic class! Fantastic teacher! Being a non tea drinker, I have gained a new appreciation for teas. Well done and we will definitely be back.

Xian Lee Nov 2022

Such an amazing experience. Very relaxing and peaceful event, learnt a lot about tea ceremony underlying philosophy!

Tea experience review by Xian Lee - Sydney

Erin Brennan Nov 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This was a great experience! Perfect for small teams. Our teacher was lovely and it was fascinating learning about the ancient art of tea ceremony, would definitely return.

Tea experience review by Erin Brennan - Sydney

Michael Wong Oct 2022

I booked the Mindful Tea Ceremony experience for my partner's birthday. We walked in not knowing what to expect, but the entire experience exceeded everything. Cara was very attentive and knowledgable in her craft. The tea quality was A grade and the mindfulness activity was enlightening.

My partner and I are looking forward to booking another session!

Sophie Evans Oct 2022

What an amazing experience. I bought this experience for my friend's birthday because she loves tea, but I didn't expect to enjoy it so much myself! We will definitely be back. Thanks so much to Cara for being an amazing host.

Trinh Bui Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We had a great session and learnt so much about the tea ceremony process. Cara was very passionate and authentic which made our experience enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Anorah John Oct 2022

This experience felt like a 2hour meditation session! It was such a mindful experience, with sprinkles of philosophies that the tea ceremony aspects act as metaphors for.

I really appreciated the session, and would highly recommend it!

Susannah Brown Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

My sister and I had a relaxing, inspiring, and rejuvenating morning with Cara experiencing a traditional tea ceremony. Cara was warm, knowledgeable and wise. We learnt lots and felt much lighter afterwards!

Farah Chaar Oct 2022

Had a lovely afternoon learning about the art and philosophy of a traditional tea ceremony. Our teacher was so warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and passionate about tea and traditional practice/mindfulness. Would recommend for anyone interested in being transported to a calm yet stimulating place for the senses. Would do this again!

Richard Cheng Oct 2022

Cara was very welcoming and friendly sharing her wisdom and expertise with us. The class was very enjoyable and mindful with great appreciation for tea culture.

Kortney Thoma Oct 2022

Enjoyed a wonderful morning learning all about the ritual of the tea ceremony. It was a great way to unwind and pick up some very useful tips to relieve the stresses of life. The teacher was very knowledgeable about tea and meditation.
I would recommend this to anyone either by yourself in a group of others or with friends since I have purchased a tea pot and have been enjoying each day☺️

Vince Mu Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

She was great, really opened our minds to the subtleties of tea brewing and drinking.
Would heartily reccomend to couples and small groups of friends.

Jean Eames Sep 2022

The tea ceremony was a perfect outing for our group of friends. Cara led us through the stages of the ceremony in a relaxed environment. We had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss our interpretation of the process. We all agreed it was a truly enjoyable and entertaining morning which we will recommend to others. Thank you Cara

Vanshika Gupta Sep 2022

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Cara. Her tea room is very tranquil and beautiful, and she is very knowledgeable about tea, tea ceremonies and the practice of mindfulness. She helped us delve deeper and connect with ourselves during the ceremony, and I will remember some of the things we talked about for a long time to come. My friend and I will definitely be returning to do this experience again. Thank you Cara!

Maria Condon Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Cara is lovely and we learnt so much.
Highly recommend especially on a travel day if you’re not from Sydney we felt so relaxed afterwards.

Tony Tan Aug 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended

fantastic experience - would definitely recommend as a relaxing activity to do with friends, particularly if you are interested or enjoy drinking tea.

Kimberly Gajo Aug 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

The ceremony was great! Cara is very lovely, engaging and very knowledgeable about teas and mindfulness. The space is very warm and inclusive. One thing I note though is you have to go up the stairs. I didn't see any lifts for those that may not able to go up. I wasn't able to check on this.

The process of the ceremony helped my mind calmed down a lot and appreciate the teas instead of gulping it down. Bonus points on the candle lights as we transition to night. I felt closer to myself. At the end of the session, I felt calm, refreshed and grateful.

Tea experience review by Kimberly Gajo - Sydney

Carl Taylor Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Great experience. Really knowledgeable and very relaxing. It was a surprise date activity for my wife and she absolutely loved every minute of it.

Bradley Jackson Jul 2022

Such an amazing experience! Definitely worth every cent. The tea selection was wonderful and you not only be get to taste the tea, but use all your 5 senses during the session. A calming session that was well needed. Cara was really professional and full of knowledge. This experience is for all ages who enjoy tea.

Aminah Thipayawat Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

It was interesting tasting a variety of teas and learning about them. I thought the teacher had a very good understanding of tea and its origins. I really liked the mindfulness aspect of it, and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Stephen Habibi Jul 2022

Amazing experience - Cara was so knowledgable about teas and its ceremonial practices. My partner and I had a lot of fun and learned about the benefits of tea beyond its taste. Highly recommend, and we will be back real soon.

Matteo Tiscia Jul 2022

This was such a unique experience, never done anything like this before. It was great! So nice to take some time out and chill. Would definitely recommend, even if you’re not that into tea.

Emma Li Jul 2022

Great experience with Cara sampling four different kinds of tea and learning the art of tea ceremony. I particularly loved the 5 minute meditation session at the start that helps your mind relax instantly. The decorations create a great relaxation enviWill come back to try more experience in the future :)

Emma McNiff Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Beautiful way to spend a rainy weekend - it was such a nourishing and nurturing experience. I met such wonderful people and I have a new appreciation for tea :D

Jenifer Salimin Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience held by Cara was very tranquil. She gave wonderful stories, facts about the Gongfu tea ceremony, and taught us to be more present in the moment as we partook in a curated selection of teas.

Karen Richardson Jul 2022

It is perfect if you just want to relax and escape for a bit. I left feeling so relaxed and calm

Sarah Haslebner Jul 2022

We had a tranquil and spiritually enlightening experience. The teacher was very kind and accommodating as we had to change our booking last minute. We can't wait for the next time.

Ilana Jun 2022

We had a lovely evening tea ceremony experience. Cara's calming presence and the crystal singing bowl set us on the path for a mindful journey. Cara is very knowledgable about tea, and it was fascinating to learn about different varieties, the tea ceremony process, as well as tasting them. The setting was beautiful - intimate and relaxing I really enjoyed the evening - thank you Cara!

Seshan Komonen Jun 2022

Cara was a fantastic host. Her in-depth knowledge of all things tea in addition to her calm and patient demeanour made the experience both educational and relaxing. The tea itself was delicious and the variety we experienced across oolong/green/herbal was great and helped us to draw out the differences.

Cara's venue was wonderfully set up and is great for a small group. I would recommend allowing a bit more time to find parking as Waterloo can be quite busy!

Paula Yu Jun 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Me and my friend had a great time learning about tea culture with Cara. She was very knowledgeable and patient with answering our questions. We would both highly recommend this experience

Laura Liu Jun 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Surrender to the present moment. Cara’s tea ceremony experience is mind-blowing and nourishing to both body and spirit. At a knowledge level, you learn so much on the oriental tea culture, its origin, development and contemporary practice. At a taste level, you get to try different tea flavours and their unique aroma. At a spirit level, the sound of the crystal singing bowl brings you tranquillity. The meditative movements of brewing the tea, every step is filled with consciousness. This would be a perfect gift class to groups of people who would like to have memorable meditation experience, and to learn alternative ways of living. The class setting is cosy and personalised, we had a group of two and found it is perfect.

Emily-Kate Ringle-Harris Jun 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended

The mindful tea ceremony with Cara was such a calming and fun experience. The singing bowl was a beautiful way to start, followed by us sharing a variety of different teas. Cara is so knowledgeable about tea, its history, how it's grown and its benefits. She taught us how to be present in the moment, appreciating the tea's aroma and taste, and clearing the mind. I would recommend this experience to anyone, especially if you enjoy tea! - Emily

Jodie Sheather Jun 2022

What a beautiful relaxing experience Cara was amazing, the tea was very high quality. Loved the ceremony

Lucy Sheather Jun 2022

I booked this workshop to spend time with my mum on my birthday. Cara is so knowledgeable and kind. This workshop was a fun and calming experience. I would 100% recommend it to anyone. Especially tea lovers. I will recommend it to all my friends. The altitude teas are also delicious and high quality.

Tea experience review by Lucy Sheather - Sydney

Jesse Quick Jun 2022

The tea ceremony I had with Cara was wonderful. If you're looking to try something new I definitely recommend it. I left feeling completely different to how I normally do, just at peace with everything going on and present in the moment. It something you must experience to truly understand. It gives you something you can take away and use to your advantage in life and it also gives a great insight into Chinese tea history/culture. Go alone or bring some friends or family, you'll have an awesome time. Thanks again Cara!

Mi Cielo May 2022

Nice experience! It’s a pleasure to know more about the Chinese tea culture! Highly recommend it.

Helena Ha May 2022

A very unique experience, and a fun activity to do. Cara was a great host and learning about tea and the science and philosophy behind traditional tea making was so interesting. Definitely fueled my love of tea !

Ilya Bedretdinov May 2022

It was an amazing experience! Only after everything was over I realized how tense I was before coming to the ceremony. We tasted a variety of teas that were carefully selected according to our preferences and we thoroughly enjoyed the process. Cara swhitched us to the right state of mind seemengly effortlesly. Thank you!

Joshua Vink Apr 2022

We had a fantastic time with Cara! She is very knowledgeable and we tasted a variety of teas while learning about the culture surrounding the tea ceremony.

Gigi Tsui Apr 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended

I had a really nice experience with Cara and inspired me to incorporate this into my daily mindfulness practice. Thanks so much :)

Kristy Lam Mar 2022

Great experience, personalized and intimate. Cara has lots of knowledge about tea and was friendly, easy going, genuine and happy to answer any questions. Highly recommend this experience.

Sarah Pham Feb 2022

I received the « Tea ceremony experience » for Christmas. We had a very good time with Cara. She is lovely and makes sure we are comfortable. Her room is beautifully decorated. It was relaxing and at the same time instructive. We learned a lot about tea, ceremony. We definitely recommend this experience and looking forward the next Tea event with Cara.

Gabrielle Hansen Jan 2022

Absolutely amazing experience! I would definitely go again and I would fully recommend that you sign up! Cara (who leads it) was wonderful and so nice! It was relaxing, delicious and educational (but in a fun way)! I purchased a tea with my discover nsw points and it helped me sleep so much! Learning about the different kinds of tea ceremonies and how the altitude tea is made was very interesting and I again fully recommend that you go to this experience!

Mindful Tea Ceremony Experience review by Gabrielle Hansen - Sydney

Vanessa Subandi Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Absolutely a wonderful experience. The whole session is very new to us and we love every moment we spend in there. Great place to spend your afternoon in peaceful and mindful manner. I learn a lot about tea and how to make a proper tea. I will definitely comes back to do more session.

Dharma Hakim Nov 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended

It was great experience.

Kara provide various variety of tea leaves samples that you may never see in the market.

Also combinations of floral and tea leaves and lemon grass makes tea flavour more

It is a great and worthwhile experience.

Jimmy Nguyen Oct 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Can't believe I was Cara's first Class Bento Booking.
She performed her class perfectly incorporating a structure that felt natural, interactive, and valuable all the way through.
Definitely recommend.

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