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.
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.
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