News & Announcements

Hosted by Andrew Goodman (The Happy Tea Man)

The May 20th World of Tea event was a tasting of several Wuyi Oolongs, presented by The Happy Tea ManAndrew Goodman. The teas included familiar teas and lesser known teas, ranging in cost from $4/oz. to $25/oz., providing a broad overview of this wonderful category of teas.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.


Hosted by Crimson Lotus Teas

The April 15th World of Tea event was an educational tasting with Crimson Lotus Tea.  They brought a number of different Puer teas for event attendees to taste, and provided information on Puer tea and their experience with tea production in Yunnan.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event in June.

Hosted by Cinnabar Wright (Phoenix Tea)

The February 18th event was an exploration of post-fermented teas from the Hunan, Anhui, and Guangxi provinces of China. These teas are most commonly referred to as “Hei Cha,” a varied category of teas that are related to Puer, but made outside of Yunnan, China. Each region has its own distinctive production style and packing techniques and the teas are quite interesting. The tasting included Bai Liang, Tian Jian, Liu An, and Liu Bao.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  We hope you'll join us for the next World of Tea event.

This year's festival was the perfect cure for the Pacific Northwest rain. The sights and smells of rooms brimming with tea and the overall good cheer and enthusiasm of the people attending and presenting were truly invigorating. 

Northwest Tea Festival 2016

Hosted by Roberta Fuhr (Experience Tea Studio)

In this July 16th class we tasted five single origin teas with nine different savory, sweet, pungent and bitter tastes—a myriad of combinations to give you a tasting adventure. We used tasting sheets so that each participant could record perceptions and play with their own favorites well after the class. 

Teacher Bio: Roberta Fuhr is the owner of Experience Tea Studio in Issaquah and has been teaching adults and children’s Tea Discovery classes since 2011. A Certified Tea Specialist, Roberta was trained through the Specialty Tea Institute and has traveled throughout China, Japan and Sri Lanka to augment and enhance her understanding of tea. All her classes involve history, cultures, science and botany of tea—no matter what the theme may be. Tea is much more than a drink—it’s an experience.


Northwest Tea Festival Founder and Planning Committee Chair Julee Rosanoff presented a workshop on Starting a Local Tea Festival at World Tea Expo in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 17th.

This workshop will cover the beginnings of the NW Tea Festival and descriptions of how to organize and plan your own festival.  The goal of the festival is the education of the public about tea in all of its cultural diversity.  To that end, developing a plan that relates to each community is key. 

Read a recap of the workshop here:  World Tea Expo 2016 Day Three


As we tasted each tea and experimented with food pairings, Roberta explained where they were grown and how they are processed, providing visual aids to show the distinctiveness of each region's tea manufacturing process.

World of Tea Series: Tea and Food Pairing Intensive


Throughout the tasting, Cinnabar shared information about tea production and development in different countries across Africa.  In many countries, tea production is limited to three seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn), so it can be surprising to learn that tea is grown year-round in countries like Kenya.

World of Tea Series: True Teas of Africa

Hosted by Cinnabar Wright (Phoenix Tea)

At this focused tasting on May 21st, we tasted teas grown and produced in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Rwanda. There were an array of widely different teas selected from the categories of white, green, black, oolong, and a "dark" tea (puer style). Each country's teas have their own distinctive character, and these teas were all high quality and carefully produced, not the commodity teas that African countries are known for producing. The teas in the tasting were all true teas, from the Camellia sinensis plant, not herbals like Rooibos, which is grown and produced in South Africa, or Karkady, which is grown in Nigeria and Sudan.

Hosted by Jeffrey McIntosh (Teabook)

On April 16th, we journeyed to one of the most ancient and elite experiences from the East. The featured item for this event was the renowned Agarwood Puerh Tea. This wood, in combination with tea has been used for its strong health benefits and calming effects for thousands of years. We tasted this rare and unique tea first hand and engaged in live conversation with tea master Jeffrey McIntosh about the agarwood and puerh.