You asked, we listened. The festival is going green in 2019!
With our sponsors and partners, we’re working to provide the following green initiatives:
Reusable Tasting Cups
Thanks to our official Tasting Cup Sponsor, teapasar, festival attendees will each* receive a yixing purple clay glazed porcelain cup to reuse throughout the festival. No more single-use sample cups!
For those worried about mixing tastings or sampling coffee then tea (or vice versa), rest assured we’ve got you covered. Throughout the festival floor, you will find water dispensers and wastewater collection bins (just for liquids) for you to rinse your cup. The system may not be perfect the first time around but it’s a start to doing our part!
In the past, this event has produced over 60 cubic yards of trash! That’s a lot of waste going into our landfills and polluting our earth.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Thanks to our Shopping Bag Sponsor, GEICO, the first 1,000 general admission attendees each day will receive a reusable GEICO tote bag for all their purchased goodies.
VIP ticketholders will also receive a reusable Coffee & Tea Festival branded tote bag thanks to our VIP Sponsor, Capital Teas, but VIP ticketholders receive samples in their tote bag as part of their upgraded benefits and admission.
WiFi Enhanced Hall
Our generous WiFi Sponsor, Teavana, has made sure the expo center is blanketed with a WiFi hotspot so attendees can access the festival map and exhibitor list from their smartphone devices.
Additionally, with our ticketing provider, Eventbrite, attendees can show their ticket(s) on their phone via email or the Eventbrite App for easy scanning and entry. There’s no more need to print physical, paper tickets!In the past, the Coffee & Tea Festival would use a minimum of 10 reams of paper between printing maps, attendee lists and collecting tickets - that’s a whole case of paper! Although the specifics of the paper determine a more precise tree usage, the general rule of thumb is a ream of paper uses six-percent of a tree. By making our maps, tickets and lists electronic we are saving a minimum of 60% of a tree! Just a reminder to think before you print!
*While supplies last.