This year got a bit hectic so I wasn’t really able to see much of the show until the very last day. Jason and I hit the show floor hard as soon as I got out of +Darlene Meyers Perry‘s morning session on teaware. Going systematically row by row, I somehow managed to see almost everything. It was lucky that he brought his backpack because it was quickly filled with purchases and samples. In this post I’ll list some of my favorite booths from the expo.
|Gorgeous puerh wrappers at Denong’s booth|
Denong Premium Puerh Teas
It figures that I would go all the way to Vegas just to find a tea outfit in my backyard. I tasted some really nice Nepalese teas that are produced by a coop of small farmers. What struck me most was their initiatives to improve the lives of the farmers. More than 200 of them are provided free housing and a scholarship program has paid school tuition for more than 2,000 children.
Tsou-Vayiyana Alishan High Mountain Tea
|The leaves, they smelled awesome!|
|The tea being expertly prepared for us|
|I was in love with this piggy lid rest|
|Teforia doing its thing|
I was very much impressed by the teas offered by this new wholesale outfit. There are so few places on the east coast for tea stories to find quality products. I’m happy to have someone I can confidently refer people to.
It was so nice to finally meet Raj of Young Mountain Tea in person. He’s seriously one of the nicest guys in tea and his team was super sweet. I have some of his Kumaon White headed my way from the Tea Journey Kickstarter and I can’t wait to dig into it.
|The spread of delicious teas at Young Mountain Tea|
|Harendong Organic Tea Estates’ offerings|
Joseph Wesley Tea Importers
One of my favorite tea companies made the trip all the way from Detroit. I was really excited to see some of their new limited edition teas. We usually associate them with black tea but there was white tea, green tea and oolong to oggle at their booth.
|Scentone aroma testers|
|These smells were spot on|
There really was so much to see that I could go on forever. I’ll leave you all with a picture of everything I brought back with my from expo. If you attended World Tea Expo, I’d love to hear about your favorite booths in the comments!