All are welcome! Free to attend.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

1:00pm - 1:45pmEthiopian Coffee: Culture & Community (Presented by: Sarina Prabasi & Elias Gurmu)
2:00pm - 2:45pmOnline Tea Matchmaking: Finding Your Perfect Blend with Science (Presented by: Alan Lai)
3:00pm - 3:45pm Iced Coffee & Tea the Italian Way (Presented by: Francine Segan)
4:00pm - 4:45pmIn or Out? Trending Tea Topics (Presented by: Gail Gastelu)

Sunday, March 24, 2019

1:00pm - 1:45pmHow Does Your Brewer Affect the Flavor of Your Coffee? (Presented by: Oren Bloostein)
2:00pm - 2:45pm The Tea & Coffee Connection (Presented by: Lisa Baughman)


Sponsored by: SerendipiTea

Participation fees apply – you must first purchase an admission ticket to the event to be able to purchase special seminar ticket(s).  Seating is limited.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

10:00am - 2:00pmTea Course Fast Track (Presented by: Gail Gastelu) - $199 early-bird pricing until 2/22/19, $245 thereafter
12:30pm - 2:00pmIntroduction to Professional Cupping (Presented by: Suzette Hammond) - $25
1:00pm - 2:30pmHow to Brew: Chemex Edition (Presented by: Joseph Monett) - $37
3:00pm - 4:30pmBaozhong: In-Depth Tea Exploration & Cupping (Presented by: Sammy Levine) - $10

Sunday, March 24, 2019

10:00am - 2:00pmTea Course Fast Track (Presented by: Gail Gastelu) - $199 early-bird pricing until 2/22/19, $245 thereafter
12:30pm - 2:00pmCrafting with Tea (Presented by: AnnaRose Kauser) - $5

** Additional seminars to be announced. Seminars subject to change without notice. Please check back for updates.**

Tea Course Fast Track
Presented By: Gail Gastelu, Producer of
Sponsored By: and SerendipiTea
Participation Fee: $199 per person, early-bird pricing until 2/22/19; $245 per person thereafter (pre-register early to save money! Tea Course Fast Track ticketholders also receive VIP access to the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC either day of the festival and one guaranteed VIP gift bag.)

A half-day (four hour) seminar and tasting/cupping session introducing you to TEA (Camellia sinensis), what it is, where it’s grown, how it’s harvested, uses, product applications, and health benefits too. Explore the business side of tea including purchasing guidelines, trends, insight, marketing ideas, and news. Experience tea cupping and learn how to distinguish quality. Taste and compare white, green, oolong, and black teas to understand differences. Learn proper techniques and how to serve. Learn about tea industry resources, how to find suppliers, additional education, associations, and more.

All attendees receive a flash drive with additional reading, eBooks, resources, and special offers worth more than the class fee! Additionally, attendees will receive a cupping set (to keep), tea sampling and bonus program materials.

• for any type of business interested in adding tea as an additional profit center or any person thinking about starting a tea-related business

Tea Course is online, continuing education produced by The Tea House Times (a bi-monthly publication connecting businesses and consumers since 2003) with the purpose of helping tea businesses stay in business.  Includes more than 400 topics and weekly updates/additions and regular tea market reports since 2008. All participants of Tea Course Fast Track receive a free introductory trial to

About Gail Gastelu:

Gail Gastelu is owner/publisher of The Tea House Times, producer of Tea Course and Tea Course Fast Track, co-owner of Tea Etiquette Certified and frequent presenter at tea and/or coffee shows nationwide. Connecting businesses and consumers since 2003, her passion and drive is to help tea businesses grow by providing many services beneficial to the tea industry. The publication, news, education, hosted blogs, special features, and resources may be found by visiting website. Gail recently created the nationwide #DrinkTea Campaign with the Tea Council of the USA. Gail currently serves on the Tea Association of the USA's Specialty Tea Institute Advisory Board and over the years has been an officer or advisory board member to several associations, trade shows, and organizations.


Introduction to Professional Cupping
Presented By: Suzette Hammond, Founder of Being Tea
Participation Fee: $25 per person

What’s it like to be a tea taster? In this hands-on class, get up close and personal with a challenging variety of teas and origins, while learning professional standards for brewing, tasting and describing tea. You’ll gain a deeper understanding behind the complexity of tea sourcing, and what a tea taster looks for at the cupping table in terms of quality. Attendees will each receive a 3-piece professional quality cupping set to take home to continue their new practice.

• for tea enthusiasts of all levels

About Suzette Hammond:
Suzette is the founder of Being Tea, offering education-based programs and project consulting. She is a professional trainer and taster of 15 years, and travels extensively as an on location resource. She spent over a decade managing training programs for leading US tea companies before creating Being Tea in 2015 to increase accessibility to tea training. Suzette is also the Deputy Executive Director for the non-profit American Specialty Tea Alliance, and collaborates with the International Specialty Tea Association, World Tea Academy and presents regularly at World Tea Expo. She is also the recipient of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Educator.


Ethiopian Coffee: Culture & Community
Presented By: Sarina Prabasi & Elias Gurmu, Co-Founders of Buunni Coffee

Explore coffee culture as it's experienced in the birthplace of coffee -- Ethiopia. Coffee permeates the daily life of Ethiopians like nowhere else. It’s not just a product, a commodity,  or even a favorite beverage. It has a deep history. It’s a gift, a welcoming, a blessing. Through visuals, music and a coffee ceremony demonstration, learn more about Ethiopian coffee, culture and community.

• for coffee enthusiasts of all levels

About Sarina Prabasi & Elias Gurmu:
Sarina Prabasi and Elias Gurmu are Co-Founders of Buunni Coffee, a growing Ethiopian-inspired coffee company.  A husband-and-wife team, Sarina and Elias moved from Addis Ababa to New York City in 2011, and started Buunni Coffee together. Today, Buunni is a thriving business of three coffeehouses and a hub for community conversation and action. You can follow Buunni on Twitter at @BuunniCoffee. 

Elias is a serial entrepreneur who among other things ran a transport business and a restaurant in his home town of Addis Ababa before coming to New York.

Sarina is the author of The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times (Green Writers Press, April 2019). For one hour before this seminar and one hour after, Sarina will be on-site to talk coffee and culture and pre-sell her books. She can also be found on Twitter at @SPrabasi.


Online Tea Matchmaking: Finding Your Perfect Blend with Science
Presented By: Alan Lai, Founder of teapasar

In this seminar, discover how machine-learning and sensor technology can revolutionize the way we buy tea - by allowing tea lovers to accurately understand the taste of tea online even before tasting or smelling it. This technology then provides personalized recommendations according to the exact taste preferences of the tea lover - opening up a whole new world of teas, and allowing consumers to explore blends and flavours to discover their next perfect blend. Taking it one step further, he will also share more on how this science can be used to discover new and surprising pairings of tea and food.

• for tea enthusiasts of all levels

About Alan Lai:
Alan is the founder of teapasar, an omni-channel global tea marketplace, offering over 600 teas and related products direct from artisanal brands and farms. Alan is a research engineer by training, and has spent a large part of his career in United Kingdom, China and Singapore in the investment and technology industries. Alan is also the organizer of the annual Singapore Tea Festival. Alan graduated with a Diplome d'Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale Paris and Masters of Engineering from the National University of Singapore.



How to Brew: Chemex Edition
Presented By: Joseph Monett, Director of Training & Development at Cafe Grumpy
Participation Fee: $37 per person--includes Chemex coffee maker to take home and a bag of coffee

Join Café Grumpy for a Chemex brewing class to hone your at-home coffee making skills, specifically on the Chemex.  The class will cover the history of the Chemex, step-by-step procedure with each piece of equipment, proper brewing techniques and tips to achieve proper extraction in every cup.  By the end of this hands-on seminar, you’ll be able to expertly prepare your coffee for friends and family alike from professional barista instruction. All attendees will receive a Chemex coffeemaker to use during the class and take home, along with a complimentary bag of coffee.

• for coffee enthusiasts of all levels
• attendees receive Chemex coffeemaker to take home
• attendees receive a bag of coffee to take home

About Joseph Monett:
Joseph Monett is the Director of Training and Development for Cafe Grumpy. Joseph partners with retail managers and wholesale directors to grow teams of skilled staff. After spending over a decade working in specialty food and beverage, Joseph knows what truly drives craft focused markets - it’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to serve and create a community with, and how well you communicate the hard work of everyone else you work with.

Joseph not only trains employees and wholesale accounts, but also has extensive experience teaching classes for the public and has been featured in publications from Eater to Business Insider.



Iced Coffee & Tea the Italian Way
Presented By: Francine Segan

Famed for their cool desserts--gelato, sorbetto and granita—Italians put their own special spin on iced tea and coffee.  While Italians love to linger over a meal, that same laid-back attitude doesn't apply to making their iced tea and caffé. Italians don't let hot coffee or tea hang around to cool off and, dio mio, they wouldn't think of making cold brew. Their choice? A shakerato (shock-eh-RAH-toe): hot caffé shaken with ice to chill it quickly.

Francine Segan, Italian food expert and author of Dolci: Italy's Sweets, will share all the many ways Italians enjoy iced tea and iced espresso drinks and cocktails like Tuscany's coffee-spiked Negroni.  Enjoy a tasting of several flavors of Galvanina iced teas,  Italy’s only USDA Certified Organic iced tea.

• for coffee and tea enthusiasts of all levels

About Francine Segan:
Francine Segan, one of America's foremost experts on Italian cuisine, is an engaging public speaker, author and TV personality. A noted food historian and James Beard - nominated author of six books including Dolci: Italy's Sweets and Pasta Modern. She appears on many other TV programs, including the Today Show and Early Show and has been featured on numerous specials for PBS, Food Network and History, Sundance and Discovery channels. Ms. Segan writes for many publications including Epicurious and Saveur.

She gives a popular series, UNDISCOVERED ITALY, at the prestigious Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC and at NYC’s premiere cultural center the 92nd St Y. She is a frequent guest speaker at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and numerous museums across the country such as the Virginia Fine Arts Museum and Lightner Museum.  She has been quoted as in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including the USA Today, The New York Times, Wall St Journal, Fine Cooking and Vogue magazines.

She is frequent food judge and has been on the judging panel for the Fancy Food Show, Baccardi Cocktail Competition, Barilla’s Pasta World Championship, Charcuterie Masters and the International Pesto Competition.


Baozhong: In-Depth Tea Exploration & Cupping
Presented By: Sammy Levine, Owner of Everlasting Teas
Participation Fee: $10 per person

Baozhong Oolong is one of Taiwan's most popular teas and has become a staff favorite at Everlasting Teas.  In this seminar, attendees, through a cupping session, will go beyond the basics and have the opportunity to explore and learn the nuances of one tea. Attendees will taste 10 different Baozhong harvest dates - five from this past 2018 growing season and five aged over the past 40 years.  Together, everyone will thoroughly analyze each harvest date, rank their favorites, discuss what makes a high quality Baozhong, and gain understanding on how to taste one type of tea.

• for experienced tea enthusiasts with a high-level knowledge of tea

About Sammy Levine:
Tea is a family affair for Sammy. He came to love it through his father, an avid tea drinker for over the past 20 years. As Sammy learned more about tea, he began to focus on Taiwanese Oolongs.  Always a lover of travel, a desire was stirred to experience this unique country first hand. Through a combination of the father’s wisdom and the son’s adventurous spirit, Everlasting Teas Co. was born.

Since the company’s launch, the mission has always been to create long term relationships with farmers while selling premium loose leaf tea only from farms that Sammy has visited personally. Over the past eight years, he has worked closely with these farmers in hopes of digging deeper into the expansive world of Taiwanese Teas.


In or Out? Trending Tea Topics
Presented By: Gail Gastelu, Owner/Publisher of The Tea House Times
Sponsored By: SerendipiTea & Rapid Fire Coffee

Are we ready to say move over to matcha? Hold up, not quite yet! What about this purple stuff you keep hearing about? What is it? We’ll explain. And healthy fat; is there such a thing? Ketogenic coffee or tea rituals are trending too, is it for you? Join us for this free session to hear what’s trending, compare notes with friends, and you might just walk away with a few samples too.

• for tea enthusiasts of all levels

About Gail Gastelu:
Gail Gastelu is owner/publisher of The Tea House Times, producer of Tea Course and Tea Course Fast Track, co-owner of Tea Etiquette Certified and frequent presenter at tea and/or coffee shows nationwide. Connecting businesses and consumers since 2003, her passion and drive is to help tea businesses grow by providing many services beneficial to the tea industry. The publication, news, education, hosted blogs, special features, and resources may be found by visiting website. Gail recently created the nationwide #DrinkTea Campaign with the Tea Council of the USA. Gail currently serves on the Tea Association of the USA's Specialty Tea Institute Advisory Board and over the years has been an officer or advisory board member to several associations, trade shows, and organizations.


Crafting with Tea
Presented By: AnnaRose Rotondi-Kauser, Founder of Oh You, TEAse
Participation Fee: $5 per person

Tea was used, historically, for more than just drinking. Attendees of this seminar will learn about tea’s use in self-care and home-making like arts and crafts. The hands-on workshop will include making (and bringing home) a tea-stained lace dream catcher and a tea-filled eye mask. Perfect for a handmade gift - or for a special treat for yourself!

• for tea enthusiasts of all levels and those who like to craft

About AnnaRose Rotondi-Kauser:
TEA.E.O. Visionary. Master Blender. Pillow Lover. Seashell Collector. Mompreneur. Lightning Bolt. AnnaRose Rotondi-Kauser is the owner and founder of Oh You, TEAse. As an avid tea lover with an entrepreneurial spirit, she allowed herself to follow her dreams and launch her company in May of 2016. While she may be new to the scene as a business owner, she has been blending, experimenting with and creating custom teas for over a decade. AnnaRose is fun, cheerful and optimistic and she truly aims to infuse those characteristics into her tea. Her philosophy is that tea should be fun and bring happiness to all those who drink it.


How Does Your Brewer Affect the Flavor of Your Coffee?
Presented By: Oren Bloostein, Founder of Oren’s Coffee

Do you know what your coffee tastes like brewed in a different brewer than you are used to?  Come taste coffee brewed using the same recipe in a Chemex (pour over), a French Press, and an automatic drip brewer.  Taste how your equipment affects the end product in your cup.

• for coffee enthusiasts of all levels

About Oren Bloostein:
Oren founded one of America's first third wave coffee roasters, Oren’s Daily Roast Coffee and Tea, opening his first store on First Avenue and 82nd Street February 12, 1986 in New York City.

In order to differentiate from the other then existing coffee stores and roasters in and around New York City, Oren took an innovative approach to coffee. On site roasting; small batches; fresh; proper roast color; highest quality green bean selection; straight unblended single origin varietals; proper brewing in store; quality brewing equipment and accessories; and respect for the entire specialty coffee supply chain beginning with the farmer and moving through many hands before arriving at the roaster. Oren helped lay the foundation for what many in the specialty coffee industry do today. Now Oren continues to uphold the same strict standards, but with the benefit of over three decades of learning and experience.

Oren was an early member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and a member of their Training Committee, the Roaster’s Guild, a speaker at conventions of both the SCAA and the National Coffee Association. He has appeared on the Today Show, Public Television, and had coffee critiqued on ABC’s 20/20. He was in the Wall Street Journal and Fox News Online. Oren has been on radio many times including Rambling with Gambling; Air America, NPR, and others.

Years of cupping experience seeking the finest coffees afforded Oren the opportunity to become a judge on an international panel of cuppers finding the best coffees at the Cup of Excellence in Central and South America, and the Golden Cup in Ethiopia.

Oren Bloostein was the winner of the first ever “Roaster's Choice Award” by the Roaster’s Guild of America.


The Tea & Coffee Connection
Presented By: Lisa Baughman, Global Tea Connection

After traveling to many tea estates in countries of origin focusing on the study of tea, Lisa Baughman was introduced to coffee in South West India when traveling to a coffee plantation. There she was thrust into a whole other world - the world of coffee. Globally tea and coffee cultures each have a uniqueness, although they journey down a similar road. In this seminar, learn about the similarities between coffee and tea - their customs, cultures, brewing methods and techniques, and more!

• for tea and coffee enthusiasts of all levels

About Lisa Baughman:
Lisa has pursued a career in tea for over 15 years not only earning a certification as a Tea Specialist from the Specialty Tea Institute, but as an owner of a retail tea store Take Thyme Today.
As Lisa desired to expand her knowledge in teas and its culture, she traveled to China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka.  Through experiences she broadened not only the understanding of the actual tea leaf and processing, but made the connection of the tea estate growers’ passion, and the culture of the region. 
This began a new phase, where Lisa acquired knowledge through international travel working alongside Tea Masters from each country and region.  From this experience Global Tea Connection was established in 2012.  Its mission: to learn facts of tea from the perspective of interacting with the various cultures, and tea processing procedures in each target country.

Lisa is ready to share her experiences with any individual or audience!  Her detailed knowledge of tea, the land and its people will take the listener on a most exceptional one of a kind journey.



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