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Since most of the teas we would be tasting were heicha (dark tea), Andrew explained the region-specific naming conventions.

World of Tea Series: Explore the Teas of Southern China

The July 15th World of Tea event was a tasting of teas from Southern China, presented by The Happy Tea ManAndrew Goodman. Attendees learned about the legend and history of teas from Southern China and their production and brewing. Different examples of Puer and Liu Bao were prepared and tasted during the class. 

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.


To kick off the event, everyone introduced themselves and shared their tea stories.  It's always interesting to hear how people came to tea, whether through fond memories of family traditions or through great teas discoveries later in life.

While the teas brewed, Andrew shared stories of his travels and insight into Wuyi tea production.

World of Tea Series: Wuyi Oolong Tasting

Northwest Tea Festival Founder and Planning Committee Chair, Julee Rosanoff, will be speaking in a Panel Discussion About Public Tea Festivals at World Tea Expo in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 15th. For those attending the Expo, this panel discussion will provide some valuable insight on how public tea festivals operate.

A panel discussion about the viability of open to the public tea festivals in the US as well as some of the pitfalls of and how-to tips for starting your own festival. Hosted by experienced tea festival organizers and industry educators from across the US, this panel discussion will enlighten you about the growing trend of open to the public tea festivals. The panelists will discuss the future of tea festivals in the US and industry attitudes towards them. Satisfy your curiosity about what everyone involved in a tea festival from sponsors through attendees stands to garner from them. The logistics of starting your own tea festival and some of the challenges of participating in one as a speaker or vendor will also be covered.


Learning Objectives

1. Gain insight into the public response to tea festivals. 
2. Gain direction needed to start a tea festival along with making contacts to support such a venture. 
3. Gain insight about the challenges and rewards of participating in a tea festival as a vendor, speaker or sponsor.

Hosted by Andrew Goodman (The Happy Tea Man)

The May 20th World of Tea event was a tasting of several Wuyi Oolongs, presented by The Happy Tea ManAndrew Goodman. The teas included familiar teas and lesser known teas, ranging in cost from $4/oz. to $25/oz., providing a broad overview of this wonderful category of teas.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.


Hosted by Crimson Lotus Teas

The April 15th World of Tea event was an educational tasting with Crimson Lotus Tea.  They brought a number of different Puer teas for event attendees to taste, and provided information on Puer tea and their experience with tea production in Yunnan.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event in June.

Hosted by Cinnabar Wright (Phoenix Tea)

The February 18th event was an exploration of post-fermented teas from the Hunan, Anhui, and Guangxi provinces of China. These teas are most commonly referred to as “Hei Cha,” a varied category of teas that are related to Puer, but made outside of Yunnan, China. Each region has its own distinctive production style and packing techniques and the teas are quite interesting. The tasting included Bai Liang, Tian Jian, Liu An, and Liu Bao.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.

This year's festival was the perfect cure for the Pacific Northwest rain. The sights and smells of rooms brimming with tea and the overall good cheer and enthusiasm of the people attending and presenting were truly invigorating. 

Northwest Tea Festival 2016

Hosted by Roberta Fuhr (Experience Tea Studio)

In this July 16th class we tasted five single origin teas with nine different savory, sweet, pungent and bitter tastes—a myriad of combinations to give you a tasting adventure. We used tasting sheets so that each participant could record perceptions and play with their own favorites well after the class. 

Teacher Bio: Roberta Fuhr is the owner of Experience Tea Studio in Issaquah and has been teaching adults and children’s Tea Discovery classes since 2011. A Certified Tea Specialist, Roberta was trained through the Specialty Tea Institute and has traveled throughout China, Japan and Sri Lanka to augment and enhance her understanding of tea. All her classes involve history, cultures, science and botany of tea—no matter what the theme may be. Tea is much more than a drink—it’s an experience.


Northwest Tea Festival Founder and Planning Committee Chair Julee Rosanoff presented a workshop on Starting a Local Tea Festival at World Tea Expo in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 17th.

This workshop will cover the beginnings of the NW Tea Festival and descriptions of how to organize and plan your own festival.  The goal of the festival is the education of the public about tea in all of its cultural diversity.  To that end, developing a plan that relates to each community is key. 

Read a recap of the workshop here:  World Tea Expo 2016 Day Three