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Tea and Scones; the perfect match? Yelp GTA community decides.



On March 2nd, the Yelp GTA Community along with a few friends from the USA hopped online for a virtual scone baking and tea tasting experience.

To kick off Women’s History Month, Yelp GTA collaborated with the owner and head baker from Sweet! Bakery, Ashley A. as well as certified Tea Sommelier Katie C. from The Monarch Tea Co.

Both business owners geared up to bake some scones and spill the tea on tea with the Yelp community. 

First, Ashley shared some of her techniques and pro tips for making the perfect scone. She discussed what makes a scone unique and answered some burning questions about this wonderful baked good. An ingredient list was shared to confirmed guests prior to the event so they could bake alongside Ashley.

Ashley leading the scone tutorial. Photo by Mary T.
The final product by Arlene B.

Next, Katie spoke about all things tea. We learned about what tea really is, how the plants are grown, how it’s produced and about the harvesting and production methods ranging from Pa Mu Tan white tea, Oolong, Pu’erh and more! Katie discussed how to brew the perfect cup of tea in the comfort of our home and debunked any tea myths and misconceptions around “the perfect cup of tea”.

Katie smelling and tasting her tea. Photo by Mary T.
The Tea Tasting Wheel. Captured by Beth C.

About Sweet! Bakery:

Ashley is trained in baking and pastry from George Brown College and has worked in bakeries across Toronto, all in preparation to take the leap and move back to her hometown to open Sweet! in 2011.  Check out her menu and amazing cakes here.

About The Monarch Tea Co.:

Katie founded The Monarch Tea Co. in March 2014 with the vision of bringing together the traditional eloquence of tea time with a modern twist.

She is a Certified Tea Sommelier through Mohawk College and the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.  Katie’s interactive tea talks have been taught all across Ontario in homes, corporate offices, community centers and places passionate about food and beverage. Her work has been published in Tea Time! magazine and she has spoken at the RBG Tea Festival & Toronto Tea Fest. Check out her informative instagram posts,  book a virtual experience of your own, or shop her variety of teas on her website

Thanks to all who joined us and especially to the lovely Ashley & Katie!

You can view all 140 photos and read reviews here.

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