World Tea Expo 2014: Coming Home

Truth be told I was a bit sad to be returning home. Staying in the beach house with a bunch of crazy tea people was like going away to summer camp. After a very long flight spent watching Law & Order reruns, I took the long way home and crossed the Hudson River by ferry. As much as I loved my stay in California, nothing quite beats that view in my book.

Of course, what tea trip would be complete without some suitcase spillage? The +Adagio Teas crew was kind enough to gift me a jar full of their Black Dragon Pearls at the end of the show. The lid came off in transit and they spilled everywhere! At least it was a bit easier to clean up than when I’ve had loose leaf spill in the past.

And then there’s the obligatory haul photo. I really didn’t collect that many samples but then, that wasn’t my goal. There is too much tea waiting to be reviewed as is. However, I did get a few things that I can’t wait to dig into. Hei cha samples from Tea Source and a goodie bag from +Geoffrey Norman will be among the first to be enjoyed.

All in all this expo was a fantastic experience. I talked to a ton of people and hopefully made some new connections. It’s a shame that most of my tea friends live so far away because they are some really awesome people. Next year will be much closer to home in Philadelphia so I will definitely be there. Now it’s back to the grind as usual.

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.