Friday, May 9, 2014

Preparing for World Tea Expo

My upcoming trip to World Tea Expo is becoming more and more real as the event approaches. I still have a ton of prepping to do (like buying the ticket for my return flight). Of course, my top priority has been figuring out how to make tea while I'm on the go.

I needed something to make tea in so I ordered a travel set on Amazon. I was so happy when I received it because the gaiwan was about as close to full size as I could hope for. Of course, I wouldn't be me if I did not already break one of the cups. Thankfully there are five more so I'm covered. Much to my surprise it wasn't from some random seller but a full fledged tea operation based just outside of Memphis, Music City Tea. Jenny, the owner, was super sweet and very excited to hear where her tea set would be going.

I love this cute little travel set with its pretty pink flowers but the sharing pitcher does spill a bit. This is mostly due to my ineptitude. Now I had a dilemma because I wanted to use the set but did not want to make a mess whenever I make tea. Then I remembered the creative creations of Water, Earth & Light Teaworks that I have been admiring on Facebook.

Waiting right in their Etsy shop for me was a tea tray made out of an old cigar box. How cool is that! I'll easily be able to fit the tray into my suitcase or even a tote bag. I'm always amazed at how Omar manages to make found objects into the most beautiful tea trays. This one hasn't made its way to me yet but I can't wait to show it off once it arrives. I don't really need any new teaware but I have a feeling that I'm going to get a lot of use out of it.

Will you be going to WTE? I'd love to hear about the preparations that you are making! Any great tea places in Long Beach, CA that I should know about?

Next week I'll be reviewing five different first flush Darjeelings from +Happy Earth Tea so be sure to keep an out of that!