The 10th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival was held March 21-22 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, BK. The window-lit exhibit hall was filled with coffee and tea makers from around the world. The event was jam-packed both Saturday and Sunday as hundreds of excited attendees weaved their way through the many coffee and tea stations. Once there, visitors were greeted with samples of the respective company’s products. Traditional teas like oolong, green, and black were most popular amongst brands, but chocolate cinnamon, strawberry tisane and pu-erh also made an appearance. The air was filled with strong scents of freshly ground espresso and the sweet aromas of herbal teas. There were also other products featured, such as organic soaps, honey crystals, handmade cheese and fruit spreads, and even a sweet tomato sauce.
Two of our favorite tea companies were Silver Needle Tea Co. and Dona Chai. Silver Needle is an artisanal tea company that directly imports its products from farms all around the world. Offering classic oolong, green, and white tea, Silver Needle Tea prides itself on using only high-quality ingredients. Dona Chai is a Brooklyn-based, chai tea concentrate company founded in 2014 by local NYU graduate, Amy Rothstein. Made from a blend of ginger, vanilla bean, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, and black tea, this cold-pressed tea concentrate is perfect for any time of the day. The company maintains a sustainable lifestyle and composts ingredients to reduce its global footprint.
The Coffee and Tea Festival was a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the art of making coffee and tea. For more information about the event, visit their website here.
Photos courtesy of: Helena Picone