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Coffee & Tea Festival
Launches in Atlantic City Nov. 3-4

The 1st annual Coffee and Tea Festival AC will be held next weekend, November 3-4, 2012 at Ballys in Atlantic City, NJ. It will be host to a spectacular collection of coffee and tea companies from around the country, the United States Barista Championship, Northeast regionals, the Association of Tea Bloggers annual meeting, and much more!

What makes this show unique is that it is open to both the trade and the public.

Based on the successful NYC show, now in preparation for its eigth year, the AC show promises to deliver. “We’re thrilled to expand our show into the Atlantic City market. Our New York City show held earlier this year was sold out days in advance.  We’re putting together such a great show for Atlantic City, we’re confident that this show will get a warm reception from the attendees,” said Kristyn Noren, event manager at Starfish Junction.  “We are especially delighted to host the U.S. Barista Championship’s Northeast competition.  Attendees are in for a real treat,” she added. As seen on the Food Network’s hit show Unwrapped and selected as one of the 10 Best New York Events April 2009, by, “the Coffee And Tea Festival is a celebration of everything related to coffee and tea,” said Lynda Calimano, Event Producer. “It is quite a unique show in that it is open to the public and the trade”, she added. The lineup of exhibitors is sure to delight all attendees.

The event will offer two days of programming including presentations from well-known industry pros and pioneers. Programming highlights include:

Saturday, February 25, 2012
1:00: Tea 101: “What’s in a Cup? Tea Bags to Whole Leaf - Presented By: Yoon Hee Kim
2:30: Coffee: Seed to Cup - Presented By: Byron Holcomb
2:30: Tales of Tea and Women: From the Victorian Era to the Modern Age – Presented By: Judith Krall-Russo
4:00: Starting a Tea/Coffee Business  - Moderated By: Gail Gastelu

Sunday, February 26, 2012
12:00: Deconstructing the Classic Tea Ceremony for Daily Application
Presented By: Yoon Hee Kim
1:30: Health Benefits of Coffee & Tea - Presented By: Kevin Gascoyne
3:00: Know Your Roasting – Presented By: Mark Corpus

Barista Competition, Tea Blogger’s Choice Awards, Tablescape Design Contest and Reflections in Tea.

Goodie bags will be distributed to attendees each day and include samples and promos from Celestial Seasonings, Numi Organic Tea, The Tea House Times, Teeccino, Choice Organic Tea, Tea Magazine, B.W. Cooper's Iced Brew Tea, Walkers Shortbread, KIND Bars, Adagio Teas and Biscoff cookies.

An all day pass includes sampling of the international lineup of coffee and tea exhibitors as well as attendance at select special presentations. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website by clicking here:



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Official Show Charity:

Following in the tradition of the NYC show, the AC event will help raise funds and awareness for Cup for Education, the official charity of the event. Cup for Education helps the poor and rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities and provide the basic tools needed to educate the future generations of coffee farmers.

Cup For Education
The Cup for Education mission is 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. Cup for Education: P.O. Box 320208, Brooklyn, NY 11232-0005.


Saturday Evening, February 25th - 6:00PM

COFFEE THE MUSICAL taps into the current zeitgeist and excitement associated with café culture and the social media frenzy that’s connected to it. The musical is set in a warm inviting coffee shop, stocked with six dynamic characters, an incredible original musical soundtrack of a dozen songs, dancing, singing, an abundance of topical coffee talk, love stories and of course… coffee brewing and drinking!

With its goal set firmly on landing on Broadway in the 2012-2013 season, special guests and the cast of COFFEE THE MUSICAL—including Jay O. Sanders (Day After Tomorrow, The Good Wife, Revolutionary Road), Jodi Katz (lead female vocalist the Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Bart Shatto (Broadway’s Les Miserables “Jean Valjean” & The Trans-Siberian Orchestra), David Driver (RENT original Broadway cast member), Joseph Ghee, Shannon Hamm, and Alex Kirshner—will offer an intimate preview of the musical in a very special event Saturday evening. Tickets are required for this special event. A limited amount of tickets remain, click here to purchase.

COFFEE THE MUSICAL is anchored by Broadway veteran and TONY winning consulting producers: Terry Schnuck (Spring Awakening, Race, Superior Donuts) and Mark Schoenfeld (Brooklyn). The show’s lead female vocalist, Jodi Katz of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the award winning music of Los Angeles composers Mike Ruekberg and Willie Wisely join forces with co-writers Robert Galinsky, co-writer Greg Kotcher to create this upcoming Broadway hit. Galinsky’s work has been featured on The VIEW, The Today Show, ABC Nightline News, BBC, in the Wall Street Journal and more.


Exhibitor kits now available! Click here to request info.