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- Coffee & Tea Festival -
featured on the
Food Network 's Unwrapped!

food network unwrappedLast year, the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC welcomed a crew from the Food Network for a full day of filming. They spent the day interviewing exhibitors, attendees, and the show producers.  On April 9th, the Food Network premiered the episode “Caffeinated” on their hit show Unwrapped.

Many of the Coffee & Tea Festival 2006 exhibitors and guest speakers were interviewed or highlighted in the show, including Tavalon Tea, Keuka Lake Coffee Roasters, Tracy Stern/Salontea, Marcela Zuchovicki from Jalima Coffee, Ellen Easton, New Century Brewery’s Moonshot Beer, Karen Eland, and others.

Check soon for highlights of the show.

- Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC -
April 28-29, 2007

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, NYC

April 28-29, 2007
Sat. 10AM-6PM
Sun. 11AM-5PM

coffee and tea festivalThousands will gather for this New York event in Manhattan's beautiful Metropolitan Pavilion to celebrate everything related to coffee and tea. The Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC will bring coffee, tea and confectionary vendors together and introduce them to sophisticated enthusiasts.

Come and enjoy:

  • Coffee and tea samples
  • Lectures / Classes
  • Shopping
  • Demonstrations
  • Coffee Art
  • A Tea Lounge with music and other entertainment

Funds will be raised for the official event charity, The Freeplay Foundation and its Coffee Lifeline Project.

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC! The 2 day festival is packed with special events. Check the festival website for details (

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Media Dreams Inc., a film, TV, and corporate video production company, will be on site at the Coffee & Tea Festival (Saturday) to shoot the entire day’s events. They will meet with exhibitors, speakers, special guests, and attendees and collect video footage for potential cable programming and event promotion.

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- Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC-
Event Schedule

For more details on these events, please visit:

Saturday, 4.28.07
11:00 AM
Festival Opens
12:00 PM
Coffee Cupping & Tasting
Hosted by Marcela Zuchovicki, Jalima Coffee & Patrick Spillman, Fresh Direct
Sponsored by Jalima Coffee & Fresh Direct
1:00 PM
Espresso Logic: Pride, Passion & Preparation
Hosted by Mitchel Margulis
Sponsored by Real Coffee Corp.
2:00 PM
The Future of Tea
Hosted by Chris Cason,
Tea Sommelier, Tavalon Tea
Location: Tea Lounge
2:00 PM
Afternoon Tea: Tips,Terms, and Traditions
Hosted by Ellen Easton
Location: Main Stage
3:00 PM
Coffee Cupping & Tasting
Hosted by Marcela Zuchovicki
Sponsored by Jalima Coffee
4:00 PM
Matcha Workshop
Hosted by Karen Dunlap
Sponsored by Matcha Source
5:00 PM
The Future of Tea
Hosted by Chris Cason,
Tea Sommelier, Tavalon Tea
Location: Tea Lounge
6:00 PM
Festival Closes
All Day
Karen Eland, coffee artist Live demo of espresso painting


Sunday, 4.29.07
10:00 AM
Festival Opens
11:00 AM
Coffee Cupping & Tasting
Hosted by Marcela Zuchovicki
Sponsored by Jalima Coffee
12:00 PM

Matcha Workshop
Hosted by Karen Dunlap
Sponsored by Matcha Source

1:00 PM
Chocolate Tasting
Hosted by Dina Cheney, author of Tasting Club
2:00 PM
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Performed by Ellis Avery, author of The Teahouse Fire
3:00 PM
Espresso Logic: Pride, Passion & Preparation
Hosted by Mitchel Margulis
Sponsored by Real Coffee Corp.
4:00 PM
The Future of Tea
Hosted by Chris Cason,
Tea Sommelier, Tavalon Tea
Location: Tea Lounge
5:00 PM
Festival Closes
All Day
Karen Eland, coffee artist Live demo of espresso painting

- Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC-
Exhibitor Showcase


Show Sponsors:
jalima coffeeJalima delivers exceptional high altitude 100% Arabica coffees from Chiapas and Veracruz, Mexico. Their coffee is hand picked, organically grown and roasted in a very delicate and artisanal fashion. Jalima Coffee is a very mission-driven company that has partnered with various organizations to help support important ecological and social projects, among them The El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve located in Chiapas, Mexico. This 300,000 acre reserve is considered the most pristine and diverse natural areas remaining in Mexico with varied and complex vegetation types including the two most threatened—the rain forest and the cloud forest. A portion of the sale price of Jalima Certified Organic Coffee, grown in the area surrounding the reserve, is donated to the El Triunfo Conservation Fund.

• Jalima Coffee was selected by Rachel Ray as part of her holiday gift guide, 2006.
• Earlier this month, Jalima Coffee and Marcela Zuchovicki were featured on the Food Network’s hit show Unwrapped in an episode titled Caffeinated.

Marcela Zuchovicki will co-host a coffee cupping and tasting program with Patrick Spillman from Fresh Direct at this year’s festival.  (

tavalon teaTavalon imports the finest premium loose-leaf teas from around the world--South Africa, China, Korea, Japan, Egypt, India--and brew their hot loose-leaf teas fresh per order, with specific brewing temperatures and steeping times for every kind of tea.  Many patrons take advantage of Tavalon’s regularly scheduled free tea seminars & tea tastings lead by their tea sommelier, Chris Cason.  

Tavalon offers an extensive variety of black, green, white/oolongs, and herbal teas. The trained and professional staff can also offer tea recommendations based on the function of the tea—slimming, enlightening, anti-aging, balancing, calming, or energizing. Tavalon Tea is located at 22 East 14th Street between University and 5th Avenue.  (

cd 101.9For the past 18 years CD101.9 has been providing listeners with a soothing and relaxing blend of smooth jazz instrumentals and timeless popular vocals from the past three decades. You'll hear George Benson, Sade, Chris Botti and David Sanborn in our Smooth Jazz mix. They surround the music with a warm and sophisticated presentation featuring air personalities who are passionate about the artists, the songs and the city they entertain. CD101.9 is the largest Smooth Jazz radio station in America. (
Show Charity:
freeplay foundationThe Lifeline radio can change the world--one person, one house, one village at a time."
--Tom Hanks, Actor and U.S. Ambassador of the Freeplay Foundation

As reported at the, the 1994 genocide almost destroyed Rwanda's coffee industry. Today, half a million Rwandan farmers are making great strides in revitalising their coffee crops for the global specialty coffee market. However, middlemen called "coyotes" hamper the farmers' efforts by withholding vital industry information.

Coffee Lifeline provides market transparency by enabling coffee farmers to hear the correct price of coffee beans, new farming techniques and weather bulletins. Coffee Lifeline empowers producers by giving them sustained access to information that can directly affect their ability to improve their own lives.

The long term goal of Coffee Lifeline is to utilize lifeline radios to connect coffee farmers in Africa, Indonesia, South and Central America through weekly broadcasts of a globally transmitted “World Café” program that will offer coffee related technical information, education, health advice, and oral storytelling traditions. (

acapella gourmet foodsCoffee has taken on an extraordinary new form thanks to Mark Izzo and Kathy Niness, owners of Acapella Gourmet Foods. They have found a way to transform the delectable, robust flavor of coffee into the silky, smooth texture of chocolate and have produced the world’s first and only gourmet coffee bar!

Using their unique patent pending formulas and processes, Acapella Gourmet Foods is able to convert the beloved drink into a solid form. Each step of the process is carefully controlled--from selection of the finest green coffee beans to roasting, blending, milling, and finally shaping into bars. Since the bars contain the entire bean, finely milled to gently release all the precious coffee oil, they are able to capture a truly authentic espresso flavor in each and every bar. (

amai tea and bake houseAmai Tea & Bake House is dedicated to creating a new world of all-natural, handmade sweets. With adventurous flavors, beautiful packaging and an appreciation for the little things in life, it’s more than just a bakery. Amai is about the small moments that bring us together. It’s about taking time to enjoy a cup of tea and something sweet along with friends and family. It’s about giving and receiving gifts, and creating memories that last a lifetime. It’s also a reason to explore the wide world of sweets, and an excuse to eat more cookies and brownies.  (

best friends cocoaThis is the ultimate chocolate indulgence developed by the chocolatiers at Bellagio. This decadent chocolate dessert has a velvety-smooth finish and is made with pure ingredients including 100% pure cocoa powder and chocolate liqueur. You only need to add water or milk to create this superb chocolate experience at home. Slip into decadence with this superb bittersweet drinking chocolate drawn from a century-old Italian tradition. (

best friends cocoaBest Friends Cocoa is carefully crafted, bringing rich, delicious flavor to every cup.  The cocoa comes in four delicious gourmet flavors. Traditional:  comforting, rewarding and faithful--the first choice among chocolate purists. Marshmallow Cloud:  chocolate and toasted marshmallow flavor—smooth, rich, and creamy—it will evoke memories of cocoa around the campfire. Raspberry Truffle:  the elegance of raspberry and the underlying subtle chocolate truffle flavor combine to create a delicious dessert-like treat that is rich and satisfying. Cinnamon Twist:  the traditional recipe delicately enhanced with cinnamon and cloves—popular with those who like a more exotic taste. Best Friends Cocoa — for life's grand celebrations and simple meals alike.  (

ceylon treasuresThe perfect tea gifts come from Ceylon Treasures, a new online source of affordable, hand-made executive tea gifts from Sri Lanka. Focusing on our ‘Give the Gift of Tea’ motto, Ceylon Treasures imports a line of executive-quality gifts of hand-tooled metal tea canisters in lovely glass and wooden presentation boxes. Ceylon Treasures carries an extensive assortment of gourmet teas and tea books (another great gift) to inform and entertain the novice and expert alike. Tea is fast becoming the new wine with its myriad of different flavors due to cultivation, region and soils. Its great new popularity also stems from the growing realization that tea is a healthy and delicious beverage. Seventy percent of the world’s population drinks tea. Let Ceylon Treasures make you an international expert on tea with our books and gifts. Everyone else brings a bottle of wine. Be unique! Let Ceylon Treasures help you ‘Give the Gift of Tea.’ (

chillys soap shoppeDelivering an excellent line of personal care products, Chilly’s Soap Shoppe offers something for everyone. The Primal Elements line is quite unique--handmade vegetable glycerin soaps that come in a variety designs, colors, and fragrances—including coffee and green tea. Among the many soaps Chilly’s Soap Shoppe offers, you’ll enjoy:

• Green Tea - A blend of green and chamomile tea. Actual green tea extracts in the soap add antioxidant properties.
• Cafe au Lait - Rich, creamy coffee aroma blended with real coffee grinds to remove cooking odors from the chef's hands.
• Raspberry Mocha - Relax with a "cup" of coffee in your tub. A hint of raspberry swirls through this mocha fragrance bar.
• Tea Flowers - A sophisticated blend of sparkling citrus and fresh tea flowers.

Vegetable glycerin is a humectant that moisturizes the skin—the soaps are made with only the highest quality ingredients for a rich feel and a luxurious lather that rinses cleanly away. All of the handmade vegetable glycerin soaps are as fragrant as they are beautiful and the designs and fragrances last throughout the soap bars. Chilly’s Soap Shoppe offers soap-by-the-inch, making it easy for everyone to sample new scents. (

chip n dipped cookie companyChip'n Dipped™ Cookie Company, located on Long Island, NY, bakes and creates gourmet cookies, brownies and chocolates using only natural ingredients with no preservatives, artificial flavors, or hydrogenated oils. Every cookie is chipped with its own combination of the world's finest milk, dark, and white chocolate. As if that weren't enough, every cookie gets dipped in an all-natural, high cocoa chocolate blend--hence the name Chip'n Dipped.

Get ready to venture beyond the classic chocolate chip cookie--try the totally outrageous signature chocolate chip peanut butter adventure. It's dipped in chocolate and all-natural peanut butter with the healthy bonus of omega 3's!

Chip'n Dipped tins, baskets, and tower boxes make wonderful gifts for any occasion and can be shipped direct for your convenience. Discounts are offered to high volume corporate customers.

Order at Use discount code, CTF0407 for 15% off your entire order! (Min. $15, exp. 06/01/2007).

coffee been bearsAwarded 3rd place honors for Best New Product at Coffee Fest trade show.

Located in Miami, Florida, ESPO Entertainment, LLC designs, manufactures and distributes coffee-related gift items.  The company first introduced Coffee Bean Bear plush in 2006. Coffee Bean Bears are coffee bean stuffed teddy bears that emit the amazing aroma of coffee.  Bears include Frenchie Vanilla, Hazel "The Nut", Mister Mocha, and Brewster Bean.  Each bear contains a different scent of flavored coffee and comes packaged in a coffee can.  ESPO Entertainment continues to grow the Coffee Bean Bear line of products while creating new exciting entertaining products. (

ceylon treasures was developed by a small group of coffee professionals who have over 35 years of experience in fulfilling any coffee service need, so whether it is from the comfort of your home or your corporate office, has it all. 

At, their goal is to provide you with the highest quality products, the fastest service, and the deepest discount prices you will find anywhere.  Whether it is the exciting Keurig single cup coffee brewing system, their stimulating line of coffees and teas, or the great variety of related products, is sure to please.  (

coffee creations karen elandFor self-taught artist Karen Eland, coffee is so much more than a steamy beverage that delivers her morning buzz, it is a way to express her creative imagination—she paints with it.

Coffee art is a truly unique art form. It requires a thoughtful and delicate touch. Eland uses a slow and sophisticated process of building layers upon layers of espresso to capture the depth of the classic works she showcases. Putting a modern and caffeinated spin on classic paintings by famous painters like Vermeer, DaVinci, Michelangelo, and Picasso, you’ll enjoy each of Eland’s interpretations--the most popular being Mona Latte.

Whether you select greeting cards, prints, or originals, Eland’s creations make a perfect gift for any coffee lover or any coffee shop’s décor. (

*Karen Eland, coffee artist, will do live espresso painting on both days of the event.

dogfish head breweryThe story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the first state's first brewpub, opened in the resort beach community of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The plan was to bring original beer, original food, and original music to the area. Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware's first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Their very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system that was essentially three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12-gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, beer was brewed three times a day, five days a week! The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. They quickly got bored brewing the same things over and over–that´s when they started adding all sorts of weird ingredients and getting kind of crazy with the beers! Dogfish Head continues to grow today. It offers 18 styles of beer that are sold in more than 20 states, and several hand–crafted spirits.

Dogfish Head will be presenting their Chicory Stout at the Coffee & Tea Festival. This delicious dark beer is made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root. Brewed with whole-leaf Cascade and Fuggles hops, the grains include pale, roasted & oatmeal. (

la marzoccoESI provides the highest quality espresso equipment and an exceptional service program to companies that are passionate about their customers coffee experience.  As Espresso pioneers, they understand the customer’s business and technical requirements and import the best espresso equipment. They also offer a national 800 hotline and personal technical support and training.  Their product line includes:  Franke Super Automatics, La Marzocco Espresso Machines and Swift Grinders, and Rio Espresso Machines and Grinders. (

fresh cup magazineSince 1992, Fresh Cup Magazine has served as "The Voice of the Specialty Beverage Industry," providing cutting-edge business information and marketing tips for the specialty coffee and tea professional. Fresh Cup publishes the A to Z Coffeehouse Manual, annual coffee and tea almanacs and insidecoffee, a consumer's guide to enjoying specialty coffee. (

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So you think you’ve had great chocolate covered pretzels before, well, think again. One sweet and crunchy bite and you’ll be hooked on Fretzels.   Maybe you’ve seen them featured on the Today show, listed in national magazine gift guides, or recently heard Rachel Ray say “yum-o” and select Fretzels as her “Snack of the Day”.  If you haven’t had them before, you are probably wondering…what’s a Fretzel?

Decadent and delicious, Fretzels are pretzels made with the highest-quality ingredients and hand-dipped in the finest milk, white, or dark chocolate.  Some Fretzels come adorned with delectable toppings like toffee, peanut butter chips, and cookie crumbles, and others with mini m&ms, non-pareils, and mini chocolate chips.

The recently introduced Coffee Collection is a wonderful addition to the Fretzel product line and was a big seller for the 2006 holidays. The six-piece assortment includes cappuccino, espresso, Irish cream, mocha latte, café latte, and hazelnut.  (

fresh cup magazineCome and sit with a latte and croissant, try a delicious éclair, or create a custom wedding cake.  This neighborhood bakery offers a variety of quality-baked goods—quiche, breads, tortes, cookies, muffins, brownies, cheesecakes, savories and more.  Come in and see for yourself what friends, neighbors, The New York Times and The Daily News all find so special; come in and taste something sweet.  Please don't forget to say hi to Georgia.  Georgia’s French Bake Shop is located at 2418 Broadway at 89th Street in NYC.  212-362-2000.  (

just different specialty teasGlobeTrends® Inc. was founded in 1990 as an importer and distributor. In 1993, the company began importing Taylors of Harrogate teas from England. Essentially unknown in the U.S. at that time, Taylors of Harrogate is one of the top selling brands in England’s quality tea market. In introducing Taylors to American consumers, GlobeTrends concentrated on upscale retail and foodservice accounts. Today, Taylors of Harrogate is a well-established brand in the U.S., and its teas are found in gourmet retailers nationwide and served in fine restaurants and hotels.

In 2001, the company began expanding its product offerings to include other lines. The company started importing high quality iced teas and decaffeinated teas from Harrisons & Crosfield Ltd.  Originally, H&C started in the tea business in London in 1844. In 2002, GlobeTrends® Inc. began importing Granja San Francisco, Spain’s #1 selling honey. GlobeTrends® Inc. will continue to build its product lines selectively, searching for unique products that are the best in their class.   (

just different specialty teasGranja produces varieties of no-drip honey in squeeze-and-release, bottom-pour award-winning bottles. (

just different specialty teasEnglish tea merchants offering premium English teas in whole leaf pyramid silken sachets, tagged tea bags, organic teas in English-style round tea bags and iced teas, specially blended for clarity, in teabags and loose tea for retail and foodservice. (

just different specialty teasJust Different Specialty Tea Company is the undisputed tea business pioneer and trendsetter creating and developing fun, healthy and socially conscience tea brands. The company creates, develops, brands and markets teas and infusions, including Captain Teao’s™ Tea for Kids, EGCG-Tea™, TeaForce™, Rainbow Pride Premium Tea and the “Original” Tea for Men to specific niche markets and generates donations for various causes including HIV and AIDS research and awareness programs, prostate cancer research and awareness programs and after school programs for children. (

keikoKEIKO, purveyors of over 200 exclusive Japanese Shaded Green Tea products, creates truly visionary products.  The latest product line in the KEIKO “Green Kiss” line, “Green Chocolate”, is a leading-edge, all-natural candy, the first such product available in North America.  KEIKO product developers have blended their signature Green Tea Powder with fine white chocolate and have created a beautiful celadon-colored chocolate with an unforgettable taste appeal.  KEIKO’s “Green Chocolate” has become one of their best selling products.  (

marriott vacation club internationalMarriott Vacation Club Int. is conveniently located at 52 destinations all over the world.  Our prestigious 2 or 3 bedroom villas feature a kitchen, dining area, fireplace and whirlpool tub.  Situated near championship golf courses, beautiful beaches, or snow capped mountains, Marriott Vacation Club Int. provides the perfect getaway!  Please come visit our exhibit to learn more about our vacation packages to Southern New Jersey, Myrtle Beach and South Florida.  (

mary chocolatierHolders of a Belgian Royal Warrant since 1942! These fine chocolates are handmade since 1919 and express sophisticated mastery on mousses, marzipan and fresh cream. Their chocolates, bars and tablets are exclusively handmade & contain no preservatives or artificial coloring. A guaranteed natural product!  The chocolate coating of the 70 different pralines is crafted to harmonize with the filling. The taste is precious and delectable.  Their specialties include: dark chocolate mousse in 5 different degrees of bitterness and their fresh cream fillings are made with butter and milk-products of the finest quality! (

mighty leaf teaMighty Leaf Tea’s whole leaf artisan blends seduce and entice the senses. Full tea leaves, spices, blossoms and chunks of fruit too big for ordinary tea bags fill our award-winning biodegradable Tea Pouches, stitched with unbleached cotton. Served at four and five star restaurants and hotels worldwide, Mighty Leaf teas are an invitation to retreat and indulgence. (

mint brook meadows teaNestled in Amish Country in Dalton Ohio is a farm that has been able to blend tradition, culture, and community with entrepreneurial spirit, ingenuity, and respect for the earth. Today, Mint Brook Meadow Teas grows and packages their own herbs in addition to offering teas of other planters throughout the world. Mint Brook Meadow Teas is dedicated to upholding the standards of quality craftsmanship and respectful land use—an ideal for which his countryside is known. Two standards, by the way, that makes a very tasty tea! Mint Brook Meadow Tea offers several tea and tea blend bags, including: Caffeine Free Peppermint & Spearmint Herbal Tea, Green Tea & Mint, Traditional Tea & Mint, Russian Spiced Tea (their best seller), and Garden Mint. (

moninMonin Gourmet Flavorings is the leading producer of premium flavorings used for creating customized, distinctive beverages. Offering Classic and Organic Syrups, Sugar Free Flavors, Tea Concentrates, Liquid Sweeteners, and new Gourmet Sauces, Monin is the premier single source supplier for all your flavoring needs.

moon doggie coffee roastersStart with a cup of outstanding Arabica Specialty grade coffee, stir in a little milk and a whole lot of heart and you’re drinking a delicious cup of coffee from Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters located in northeast New Jersey. They offer high quality coffee at competitive prices—buying from farms and estates that hand-pick and sort their beans—to guarantee their coffee is of superior grade.

Turning beans into bucks for basset hounds…this is where the heart of Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters really shines. Each year, in the month of April, this New Jersey roaster donates proceeds from the sale of their custom blend coffee to the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue—a group dedicated to the welfare and well being of basset hounds. Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters creates special coffee blends & flavors named in honor of rescued basset hounds. To date, they donated more than $6000 to this wonderful charity. Visit their retro café, the storefront for their coffee roasting operation, in Maywood, NJ. 201-556-0111. (

nellys alfajoresNelly, a retired teacher turned baker and entrepreneur, brings us fabulous hand-made cookies that are sure to delight one and all. Her gourmet cookie recipe celebrates her family’s South American heritage. The delicate sandwich cookie is filled with dulce de leche and delivers intense satisfaction with every bite.

the new york timesThe New York Times is one of the most prominent daily newspapers in America. It is owned by The New York Times Company, distributed internationally and is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States. Nicknamed the "Gray Lady" for its staid appearance and style, it is frequently relied upon as the official and authoritative reference for modern events.

Founded in 1851, the newspaper has won 94 Pulitzer Prizes, winning its first in 1918 for its World War I reporting. These times demand The Times. (

original t bag designsThe artists from Original T-Bag Designs live in an informal settlement located in Mandela Park, outside of Cape Town in South Africa. Their homes are bits of tin and wood nailed together and they have had no formal schooling. But what they do have is grit and imagination and a desire to make their families' lives better. The artists use recycled tea bags as their canvases--and are painting themselves out of poverty.

Used tea bags are collected and dried in the African sun. Then they are emptied of leaves and carefully ironed. Finally, each tea bag is painstakingly painted. They work mostly at home during these early phases so they can care for their families while they work. The group gathers together to assemble the finished products: greeting cards, notepads, journals, ornaments, candles, coasters, trinket boxes, and tea light holders. They'll make special designs by request, but ordinarily they just paint "what is in our heads". (

planet canitPlanet Canit specializes in decorative packaging. From metal and ceramic to unique materials, their customized packaging solutions provide “meaning-full” advantage. They offer their clients an unmatched level of care and attention to detail. With years of experience in marketing, sales, strategy and packaging, the Planet Canit team helps guide the conceptualization, design, and creation of packaging innovations that help make brands succeed. From their products and services to their people and perspective, Planet Canit succeeds by acting and doing things differently--Beyond the Box. (

pourtensious lightingPourtensious, Inc. presents the Coffee and Tea Festival with the functional sculpture of artist/architect Eric M. Sternfels. These lamps, pendant fixtures and chandeliers use simple gravity to animate a twist of electrical wire and chain to become pouring coffee or tea in the viewer's mind.....a delightful 3-D trompe l'oeil! These one-of-a-kind sculptures incorporate vintage coffee and teaware to add charm, character, and light to any space. A 2-D celebration of these nostalgic components will also be available for festival visitors in the form of collage prints and note card sets. (

power popsA revolution in weight loss…eat candy & lose weight! Suppress your appetite and get a burst of energy with Power Pops. Developed by a master herbalist, Power Pops burn fat and taste great. Try the new coffee flavor. Power Pops are all natural and have been seen on Extra TV. (

GENESIS—a delicious blend of whole fruit red grape and pomegranate extracts in apple and aloe vera juice infused with a proprietary blend of powerful healing herbs. It is a miraculous, restorative drink that must be tried to be believed. (

real coffee corpReal Coffee Corp. is a "Micro-Roaster” of fine fresh roasted coffees. They roast to order to ensure freshness! The beans are packaged while they are still warm & sealed twice to guarantee great quality. Only top grade specialty coffees are used and then carefully roasted in small batches. The blends are hand crafted and represent some of the finest coffees available on the market today. Life is too short to drink ordinary coffee--so, isn't it time to get Real! (

red bee honeyRed Bee® is your source for gourmet, artisanal honeys and the purest natural skin care. We take pride in our products and we promise a 100% guarantee of our products. All our honey is made here in the U.S. made. Red Bee has been featured in magazines like American Bee Journal, Bee Culture, Farmer's Digest, All About the House, Fairfield County Business Journal, Greenwich Magazine, WRAP, Victoria Magazine and The Handmade Beauty Coobook. (

saras tea caddieWe are importers and distributors of the finest Japanese teas. We specialize in high quality Japanese tea varieties that are typically produced by smaller and more exclusive tea producers. Our mission is simply to share with our U.S. consumers the fabulous green teas the Japanese have been enjoying for hundreds of years. For further information, please visit our website at

sheer blissSheer Bliss offers gourmet pomegranate ice cream in dark chocolate on sticks sold in packages of three. The chocolate is designed to balance the tart flavor of the ice cream. The company also sells its ice cream in galvanized decorative beige tins in seven flavors: California pomegranate; vanilla with pomegranate swirl; pomegranate with dark chocolate chips; freedom, vanilla, pomegranate and blueberry; Mediterranean coffee; chocolate and vanilla. (

sofo teaSoFo Tea is an Internet retailer of loose tea, teaware, and honey sticks. Sofo Tea is located on Long Island, New York and is dedicated to bringing their retail and wholesale customers the highest quality teas from all over the world. All of their loose teas are grown and manufactured in their respective country of origin and shipped to the Long Island facility were they are packaged. Currently lists 33 types of teas consisting of Green, White, Oolong, Black, Flavored, Rooibos and Herbal teas for sale. Each tea is offered in four (4) different package sizes appealing to the every day tea drinker and the curious tea drinker alike. Sofo Tea also provides a wide selection of tea accessories to choose from—including flavored honey sticks. Please visit them and enjoy a sample of their fine tea! (

sympateaSympatea USA is the North American distributor of Sympatea™ SpoonTea™. Based in New Jersey and established in 2004, Sympatea focuses on marketing their exclusive and revolutionary SpoonTea product as well as other unique high quality gourmet food products.

With Sympatea SpoonTea squeezing the tea bag is over, you can finally put an end to those dripping messy tea bags, and best of all you don’t need a spoon to stir your tea! It’s Simply Practical. Customers love the taste, the look, and the convenience of Sympatea SpoonTea. Other great features of SpoonTea include a shelf life of 3 years from date of manufacturing; individually wrapped SpoonTea will protect the tea from moisture and accidental spills compared with a teabag paper wrapper. SpoonTea can be used in restaurants, hotels, catering, schools, corporate cafeteria’s, country clubs, airlines, cruise lines, hospitals, senior care, bed & breakfast, supermarkets, gourmet café’s, tea houses, deli’s, casinos, food distributors, camps, and so much more.

Sympatea SpoonTea is a practical and easy to use product, brought to you in 24 and 50 piece packages offered in 5 different flavors; Black tea, Green tea, Earl Grey tea, Rosehip tea, and Mixed Herbal tea. (

tay teaFounded by tea connoisseur Nini Ordoubadi in 2003, TAY is a New York-based company specializing in exclusive hand-blended artisanal teas. All ingredients are 100% natural and wild-crafted. TAY’s signature teas enhance any lifestyle and invite one to embark on the timeless ritual of drinking tea. (

tea galleryTaylors of Harrogate, a family business established in 1886 and based in the North Yorkshire Dales, has more than one hundred years experience in the art of selecting and blending fine teas. (

tea galleryThe Tea Gallery is dedicated to the art of tea and living. They carry a select variety of teas from seasonal green teas to aged puerhs, Wu-yi oolongs and Yunnan red teas. Private tea-tastings as well as tea-workshops that highlight traditional brewing methods are available by appointment. Visitors to the showroom can find rare Yixing Teapots, elegant porcelain wares and exclusive, contemporary furniture from Channels Design. The Tea Gallery is located at 131 Allen Street. NYC. 212-777-6148. (

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Special Guests

ellen eastonEllen Easton, author of Afternoon Tea: Tips, Terms and Traditions
Ellen will share her expertise of how she created the afternoon tea programs for the Plaza and Waldorf-Astoria hotels.

Learn the proper protocols of afternoon tea-including the correct answers to pinkies up! to eat a scone...gloves on or off? The times for tea, how to serve tea to a crowd and more.

“We knew that to create a successful program, we required the expertise of a true professional. It is clear that your wealth of knowledge and your passion for the world of tea made this new endeavor a true success story. Your relentless efforts to seek perfection through education and training made a tremendous impact, and was received with praises by both line professionals and guests. Thank You ...You have taught us that there are no limits to the rites of afternoon tea.” -- Waldorf Astoria Hotel

“It has been a pleasure working with you in regard to the Plaza Tea service. Your suggestions and helpful hints concerning Tea Etiquette are being implemented in order to better our guests dining experience. You have been a great help to the Plaza. Thank you.” -- The Plaza, NYC, NY

ellis averyEllis Avery, author of The Teahouse Fire
Avery is the author of The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead, 2006), a novel set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan. It explores the shifting cultural ground of late 19th century Japan through the story of Aurelia, an orphaned American girl taken in by Yukako, the daughter of Kyoto's most important tea master, herself destined to change the fate of the Way of Tea.

Avery studied Japanese tea ceremony for five years in New York and Kyoto, and now teaches creative writing at Columbia University. THE TEAHOUSE FIRE has been named a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book for 2006.

dina cheneyDina Cheney, author of Tasting Club
Have you ever really tasted before? In this fun event, Dina Cheney--author of "Tasting Club" (DK Publishing)--will show you how. She'll share with you the joys of deep-tasting, which she defines as "slowing down and savoring food and drink in a structured fashion, to get in touch with your palate." The learning vehicle in this case: dark chocolate. While deep-tasting chocolate, you'll discover how at-home tastings are a new, fun, educational, delicious, and easy way of entertaining! Get the low-down on "Tasting Club"--the guide to organizing at-home tastings--and ask Dina how to plan your own tasting event! Afterwards, Dina will be available to sign copies of her book.

Karen Eland, coffee artist
For self-taught artist Karen Eland, coffee is so much more than a steamy beverage that delivers her morning buzz, it is a way to express her creative imagination—she paints with it.

karen elandWe drink coffee, use it in recipes, and can even marinate a steak with it. But, paint with it? You’ve go to see it to believe it. Coffee art is a truly unique art form. It requires a thoughtful and delicate touch. Eland uses a slow and sophisticated process of building layers upon layers of espresso to capture the depth of the classic works she showcases.

Putting a modern and caffeinated spin on classic paintings by famous painters like Vermeer, DaVinci, Michelangelo, and Picasso, you’ll enjoy each of Eland’s interpretations--the most popular being Mona Latte.

Karen Dunlap, Tea Sommelier
Karen Dunlap, tea sommelier, co-founded Matcha Source in 2006 ( She had her first sip of matcha, and exposure to whole leaf teas a decade ago while working at Teaism, a teahouse in Washington DC. She comes to Matcha Source from In Pursuit of Tea where she consulted with NYC restaurants and retailers. She is a regular contributor to Asian Food & Lifestyle and has been a guest speaker at MTV Networks and on WNYC’s the Leonard Lopate Show.

matcha sourceKaren has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, Australia and South America, following her passions: culture, tea, and photography. Prior to tea, she worked in the nonprofit arts sector (National Endowment for the Arts, Sundance Film Festival and the Oregon Cultural Trust), a background that inspires her quest for exploring art and cultural traditions of tea.

She continues to learn about matcha from Japanese Tea Master Yoshihiro Terazono in New York City, where she makes her home.

Mitchel Margulis, Real Coffee Corp.
Mitchel Margulis has been in the Specialty Coffee industry for over 17 years and has developed passion about coffees. He has learned from some of the most knowledgeable and passionate experts in the industry. He started his career working for an importer of high-altitude roasted coffee from Switzerland. From there, he moved to Lavazza USA, where he received extensive training in Italy about coffees in general, the culture behind a “fine roast” and the art of making a perfect espresso. He became an expert on coffees and was responsible for training & supporting many of Lavazza’s distributors and sales staff. He has conducted training seminars and lectured at numerous trade shows including a panel in Venice Italy with Dr, Ernesto Illy. Mitchel taught regularly at many major culinary schools throughout the United States, including the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he became a permanent “guest” lecturer for 8 years. He is a founding member of the Training Committee for the Specialty Coffee Association of America and co-created the extremely popular Espresso Labs which is conducted at their national and regional events. As Director of Sales and Training for a large local office coffee service distributor, he was responsible for training and supporting its sales staff and is largely responsible for increasing annual sales to in excess of $50 million dollars. Tired of working for others and not being satisfied with the quality of the coffees being sold, he and long time associate Stew Cooper formed Real Coffee Corp.

tavalonChris Cason, Tavalon Tea
Chris Cason is considered one of the top young tea experts in the country. He most recently worked with one of the nation's leading online tea company, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the most widely read tea newsletter in the industry. Chris also created and developed a free online tea education site, designed to help tearoom owners train their staff with the necessary knowledge of the product. In 2005, he completed "A Guide to Tea," a book that serves as a beginner's introduction to gourmet tea, with a first-run circulation of more than 20,000 copies.

Patrick Spillman, Director of Coffee for Fresh Direct
Since January 2005, Patrick Spillman has been the Director of Coffee for FreshDirect, the online food business which delivers fresh food to our homes here in New York City. He buys green, raw coffee from around the world and roasts it at the FreshDirect plant in Long Island City. Everyday, FreshDirect roasts between 900 and 1,300 lbs for delivery the next day.
fresh directBefore joining FreshDirect, Patrick was the quality control manager for the Colombian Coffee Federation and the Juan Valdez, 100% Colombian Coffee Program in North America. He would taste hundreds of cups of Colombian Coffee everyday to ensure the quality which consumers expect when they purchase 100% Colombian Coffee.

From 1995 to 1999 he was the roastmaster for Dallis Coffee in Queens. Patrick roasted coffee and designed blends for the best restaurants in New York City and Washington D.C. He started roasting at a small coffee shop in his home town of Keene, New Hampshire. In addition to his 14 years of coffee experience, Patrick enjoys playing his harmonica with blues bands, visiting pubs and perfecting his backhand on the tennis court.

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- Save The Date for 2008! -
3rd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: April 12-13, 2008

coffee and tea festivalMark your calendars and join us next year, April 12-13, 2008 for the 3rd Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC!

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