What Happens in Vegas… – 2013 World Tea Expo


First things first, good tea people: Hello and welcome back to Straight From The Leaf!

[Perhaps it appears that I’ve taken the Stevie Wonder approach to blogging. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait, shall we?]

June is the month when tea industry professionals from around the world descend upon Sin City to make it less, well, sinful. It is called World Tea Expo.

Let there be tea.
20130617-200916.jpg Yes, this unapologetic tea aficionado presented “Steep Social Media Without Becoming Bitter” that Sunday morning. One of my favorite tea tweeps, Geoffrey Norman (@lazy_literus) attended the session and wrote about it.

[What makes him a favorite? We share the same birthday. Please don’t be envious: increase the birthday gift budget instead. Hint: we both love tea.]

Let others speak eloquently of scintillating sencha, provocative pu’erh, or mesmeric matcha. Not only were there enough press attendees to do so, but there also were enough Association of Tea Bloggers (ATB) members attending to host a panel discussion.
20130629-165145.jpg Highlights from World Tea Expo were meeting all the good tea people in person:
Michael J. Coffey (@michaeljcoffey)
Jason Walker (@jasonowalker)
Robert Godden (@The_Devotea)
20130629-195642.jpgDarlene Meyers-Perry (@TeaArchives)
Jo Johnson (@AGiftOfTea)
Tiffany Denise (@teabytiffany)
Erica Morrison (@TeaFieldsCafe)

20130629-201349.jpgJulia Matson (@BingleysTeas)
Lisa Kunizaki (@chambredesucre)

20130629-205231.jpgMarcella Farina (@teanhats2)
Kyle Stewart (@thecupcouch)

[We gathered near Beth and Newman Johnston's Teas Etc. booth (@Teas_Etc)]

My own business, Tea Philosophy, evolved from a blog and a tweet (@VLHamilton). Thanks to all of you good tea people, our global tea-mily is less than 60 followers short of 1,000!

What does this mean?! World dominion? Ban styrofoam cup production? Let’s figure it out once we arrive there together.

For now, let’s take life one cup at a time. Have tea with great company. Savor each sip. Drink tea.

Raised cup salute to all. 3


About Verna L. Hamilton

Unapologetic tea aficionado travels world, drinks tea, and pours out words. Shares her passion for the Camellia Sinensis plant in all its forms -- black, oolong, green, white, pu-erh -- and, if done well, doesn't discriminate against rooibos, herbals, tisanes or other infusions. Uses tea as a bridge towards bringing people together. Cups up! #DrinkTea

2 responses »

  1. Hi Verna,

    I was wondering if you would be interested in a guest post. I have a couple of ideas that I think would be a great fit, but I couldn’t manage to find your email on your site. If you could get a hold of me at brenna (dot) ciummo (at) seattlecoffeegear (dot) com, I would greatly appreciate it!



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