2013 Coffee & Tea Festival NYC
The 8th Annual Coffee And Tea Festival, held earlier this month in New York City, once again delivered an educational and entertaining celebration of these two beloved beverages. With record attendance of over 6,000 attendees, the 2013 festival was an all-time high for the show. While a sold-out show again this year disappointed those who could not get tickets, it delivered a fantastic experience for consumers, area retailers, and the media who packed the aisles at the 69th Regiment Armory to learn about and sample coffees and teas from around the world.
An international lineup of coffee and tea exhibitors—more than 75 in all—delivered an exceptional opportunity to taste many quality beverages from companies as local as Brooklyn or as far away as France. Those with a sweet tooth were delighted to see exhibitors who offered samples of a variety of cookies, cakes, chocolates, and honey.
Attendees were thrilled to see some old friends, like presenter Ellen Easton, as well as to discover a wonderful new array of teachers and topics in the free programming area, including:
• Michael Harney (Harney & Sons Fine Tea)
• Byron Holcomb (Dallis Bros. Coffee)
• Evan Closson (Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company)
• Elias Gurmu (Buunni Coffee)
• Kevin Gascoyne (Camellia Sinensis)
• Haiyan Grzelak (Lotus Leaf Tea)
and The Tea House Times publisher, Gail Gastelu, who anchored the “Starting a Coffee/Tea Business” class with panelists: Bernadette Solari of High SocieTea House (Wayne, NJ), Miriam Novalle of T-Salon (NYC), Matthew Marks of Forty Weight Coffee Roasters (NYC), Gabriel Godoy of Golden Era Coffee (NYC) and Frank Matz of CAMUS Coffee (France).
New to the show this year, was the introduction of specialty/tasting programs. These programs were offered for a small additional materials fee and were held in an intimate classroom setting during the festival. Topics and presenters were very well received (nearly every program sold-out) and included:
• Honey for Tea, Presented by Zeke Freeman of Bee Raw Honey
• Tea Infusions & Enhancers for the Perfect Cocktails, Presented by Peter Martino of Capital Teas
• Taste Science: How to Use the Biology of Taste and Smell to Create Perfect Pairings with Tea and Coffee, Presented By Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace MD, Associate Professor at Cornell University, and Renée Senne, Chef de Cuisine and Culinary School Director.
• Coffee & Chocolate: A Tale of Two Beans, Presented By Enzo Cacace & Vincenzo Farina of Black Owl Coffee and John Murray of Kilwins Chocolates.
A noticeable presence of volunteers—more than 200 in all sporting the official event t-shirt—were on hand to help stuff goodie bags, assist exhibitors, register guests, assist presenters, and welcome visitors. “We could not have pulled off an event of this size without the assistance we receive from our volunteers,” said Kristyn Noren, event manager at Starfish Junction, producers of the festival. “It is great to see so many volunteers return year after year. Our volunteers once again were just amazing,” she added.
This year’s show goodie bag was sponsored by DNAinfo.com and was filled with a variety of samples from Adagio Teas, Biscoff Gourmet Cookies, Celestial Seasonings, Choice Organic Teas, Kind Bars, Numi Organic Tea, Raw Revolution, Teeccino Herbal Coffee, Walker’s Shortbread and Wholesome Sweeteners.
As in years past, the exhibitors and attendees came out in support of the event charity, Cup for Education. The money raised at the event will go to help fund some of the worthy programs sponsored by Cup for Education with their mission to help poor rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities, and assist in providing them with teachers and the basic tools needed to educate the future generations of coffee farmers. To find out more or to make a donation, visit them at www.CupforEducation.org. Karen Gordon, who represented Cup for Education at the event, continues to be amazed at the generosity of the exhibitors who donate prizes and the attendees who buy raffle tickets…This year’s raffle winners included:
|| Jessica Dawson
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