Wrap-Up of 2017 World Tea Expo

Today finds me enjoying my morning Matcha (in the form of a shot and smoothie) while reflecting on my activities a week ago — attending and participating at the 2017 World Tea Expo. World Tea Expos have been a critical part of my Tea World since 2007, attending every year except the two the Expo was held in California. This event has always been an exceptional tea experience with tea education, tea tastings, and an introduction to new tea accessories. This year was no exception; although many tea professionals were sadly missing from the Exhibit Hall and contributing to seminars.  

 

A brief visit to the Exhibit Hall at 2017 World Tea Expo

A brief visit to the Exhibit Hall at 2017 World Tea Expo

2017 World Tea Expo found me Emceeing educational seminars addressing:

  • the utilization of a Go Fund Me campaign to start or expand a tea business/experience by Suzette Hammond, founder of Being Tea;
  • the facts on launching a RTD tea in the USA by James Hoagland, COO, ItoEn North America;
  • understanding and pronouncing the names of Chinese teas by Danielle Hochstetter;
  • turning a tea passion into a tea business by Bruce Richardson, Owner, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas/Benjamin Press
  • And wrapping up with a focused tasting by Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace MD, Associate Professor (Retired), Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.

 

WTE attendees had a wide array of topics and speakers from which to choose.

WTE attendees had a wide array of topics and speakers from which to choose.

The above activities filled Tuesday and Wednesday of the Expo along with visits to the Exhibit Hall, participating on the Tea Bloggers Roundtable, and attending the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association’s Meet and Greet.

 

MATBA continues to grow while playing a major role in the Tea Industry of the USA Northeast. 

MATBA continues to grow while playing a major role in the Tea Industry of the USA Northeast. 

All in all the 2017 Expo was a personal success, I renewed tea connections, made new tea connections, and as always learned new things about tea and the industry it has spawned in the USA.

Looking forward to the 2018 World Tea Expo, 

The Tea And Hat Lady