World Tea Expo 2014 – Day 1

The World Tea Expo was moved from Las Vegas to Long Beach, California this year. I’ve never been to this area of the country and it holds a great deal of interest for me to explore in terms of its culinary and cultural scenes. I’ pretty jazzed to have the chance to be out here for a week.

However, my first few days will be at the World Tea Expo doing tea things and pimping Teaity a bit to those who haven’t heard of it yet. While I still feel uncomfortable at times interjecting Teaity into opportunities and conversations, I’ve learned it’s a necessity and I kinda gotta get over it.

Day 1 started with a great breakfast on my way to the Expo at a place called the Blackbird Cafe. Based on some Yelp reviews I determined my best option would be the Dos Caballeros which is essentially as double dose of Eggs Benedict with Mexican flare. It rocked my sox. I think it was the best sunny side up I’ve ver eaten. If you’re in the LA/Long Beach area for breakfast or Brunch, this is where you want to be.

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Delicious!

Upon arriving at the expo I collected my badge and set out to gather my blogger Press credentials, now with a little “heart” to signify we’re permitted to take photos ?(an improvement over the past two years with a blanket “no photos” policy.

After running in to Jen Piccotti of An International Tea Moment and Dan Bolton of The Daily Tea (who recently had a near death experience of crazy hollywood movie value) I made my way back out to the rotunda. There I bumped in to Newman Johnston from Teas Etc and chatted a bit about Teaity and some of our efforts and upcoming plans.

After a few moments, along comes Nicole Schwartz owner of The Devotea USA and proud owner of the venerable @amazonv handle. We spoke about a bunch of stuff, but had fun early as the doors opened to the show floor and we started exploring. After a while we found ourselves at the Den’s Tea booth where we snagged opposing photos of each other with the Den’s Tea mascot and I promptly got distracted by some shiny packing options for a feature I’ve been thinking of adding to Teaity.

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Nicole of @amazonv and Devotea USA with the Den’s Tea mascot.

Sadly my iPhone ran low on battery and I was unable to take meaningful photos of other activities throughout the day, but I did make many new friends, rediscover some existing brands and open my mind to a couple new possibilities such as Hunan dark tea (similar or the same as a Hei Cha I had at TeaSource while at one of their locations in Minneapolis several years ago) and an interesting hand-rolled tea from Malawi by Satemwa.

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World Tea Expo 2013 (Preview)

About This Year’s Expo

For those of you who follow this blog, you know I love to visit the World Tea Expo every year to bring you news, photos and tales of my experiences from the event. This year will be a little different…

Yes, I’m still attending The Expo. But this year I’ll also be a speaker. I’m joining a panel of other fantastic bloggers to discuss how to use blogging on tea to help grow your tea business.

 

My Other Non-Day Job

I will also be taking the opportunity to promote Teaity, a new site I launched last November where you can discover and rate teas and find brand recommended preparation instructions and other info. Teaity is, in fact, the reason I’ve been so quite with the reviews and blog posts. With info on over 6000 teas, lots of photos and tea company details it’s been taking a lot of time. But I’ll be returning to regular posts soon.

 

Posterific

I will update and add a flyer here in JPG format, and here in PDF.

 

Other Bloggers in the Panel

Robbert Godden – The Devotea@the_devotea

Jason Walker – Walker Tea Reviews@jasonowalker

Darlene Meyers-Perry - The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook@teaarchives

Linda Gaylard – The Tea Stylist@theteastylist

Michael J. Coffey – TeaGeek@michaeljcoffey

Naomi Rosen – Joy’s Teaspoon@joysteaspoon

 

Tea Blogger’s Roundtable

For those attending the Expo we’re holding an informal meet up of tea bloggers Friday evening from 6PM to 7PM after the show floor closes in Room N255.

All the panelists above are expected to show for the Tea Blogger’s Roundtable along with these other notable attendees:

 

Geoffrey Norman - Lazy Literatus - @lazy_literatus

Rachel Carter - iHeartTeas - @iheartteas & @rachelkcarter

Jen Picotti - An International Tea Moment

Jo Johnson - Scandalous Tea / A Gift of Tea - @agiftoftea

 

While the event is open, if you’d like to reserve a spot for this year’s Tea Blogger’s Roundtable meetup, please send an email to Jo Johnson or a tweet to @agiftoftea if you like.

I hope to steep with you soon!

 

 

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Silver Mountain Water (Octavia Tea)

This tea is brought to us by some new folks at the 2011 World Tea Expo. Octavia Tea had a slew of different pure and blended teas at their booth which all looked and smelled great. They provided me some samples, and I bring you the first of many reviews!

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2011 World Tea Expo (Day 3)

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This year’s World Tea Expo is my 3rd trip to this event. I’ve appreciated the opportunities to learn and meet new people each year. I’ve made friends and contacts from every corner of the world and every continent save for Antarctica. The events and sights from this first day of the expo are similar to those from the past two years. Full of energy, vibrant colors and effusive scents tantalizing for everyone here. Read more to learn more.

Check out my coverage of both Day 1 and Day 2 of the 2011 World Tea Expo.

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2011 World Tea Expo (Day 2)

This year’s World Tea Expo is my 3rd trip to this event. I’ve appreciated the opportunities to learn and meet new people each year. I’ve made friends and contacts from every corner of the world and every continent save for Antarctica. The events and sights from this first day of the expo are similar to those from the past two years. Full of energy, vibrant colors and effusive scents tantalizing for everyone here. Read more to learn more.

Check out my coverage of both Day 1 and Day 3 of the 2011 World Tea Expo.

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