Serving Tea at the New York Travel Fest

When my friend +Mario Nicholas asked me to lend a hand at the New York Travel Fest I jumped at the change. In case you haven’t seen his YouTube show, On The Go with Mario, you definitely should! Mario travels with tea as a focus so he thought that serving tea would be a great way to share that with the festival goers. Events like this are always interesting because it’s a more diverse group than what you might find at a tea focused event. I was somewhat surprised to find that many of the people who approached our table were fairly well versed tea.

The teas that I selected were Pekoe Sip House Sessa Estate Black Tea and Jalam Teas Bada Unfermented 2013. Serving tea for large groups can be a challenge but this set up seemed to work well. I brewed the Assam in my testubin because it fairly large and keeps the tea hot for some time. This tea was a bit more familiar for everyone so it was the popular choice. I broke out my travel gongfu set to brew the puerh. A few people found it too strong but there were a lot of folks who were surprised at how much they enjoyed it. My Breville One-Touch Tea Maker was a bit of a pain to lug into the city but it was worth having on hand.

I loved getting to share my love of the leaf with so many new faces. It was also great to hear a bit more about Mario’s travels in India and other tea destinations. It is my goal to visit a tea producing country in 2016 so I’m sure that I’ll be turning to him soon for his expert advice.

Thanks for asking me to join in on the fun, Mario!

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.