Event Review: Coffee and Tea Festival NYC (Brooklyn), March 19-20, 2016

Disclaimer: In exchange for an event review, I was offered one entry ticket.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (8)The 11th annual Coffee and Tea Festival NYC occurred at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York from March 19-20.  Unlike some previous shows that I have attended, this drink-heavy event is open to the public (this also means that vendors are able to sell their goods on-site).  Knowing that the emphasis is on coffee and tea, you may want to start queuing for the restroom now. (Yes, there was food, too.)

Don’t fret if you missed this one, for Philly will be hosting its own this year.

Full disclosure, I drink tea everyday, but coffee is for when I need to be woken up during the day, or after a flight.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (22)How many of you like cream in your coffee?  Why not butter?  It already seems to be a fad in California, and ButterBuzz would like to introduce this Tibetan-inspired idea to those on the East Coast.  I liked it, but I don’t think this is what we need more of in our average US diet…fyi, if you’re in NYC and want to try Tibetan butter tea, head to Jackson Heights in Queens.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (21)Oh, and I’ve taken to cold-brewed coffee, though I always wish a slice of tiramisu came with a glass.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (23)Big Island Tea from Hawaii were brewing one green tea and one black tea.  I’ve never had a more nuanced black tea than theirs (ask me what it tasted like in the comments section).

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (16)A book I’d actually make my way through. *By the way, camellia sinensis is the plant that gives us tea.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (24)Ippodo is a centuries-old Kyoto, Japan-based company specializing in green tea and matcha, or powdered green tea.  They have one location in Manhattan as well, and in the back, a Japanese Buddhist vegetarian restaurant.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (2)The Korean corner.  For completing a short interview with them, they offered a goodie bag of health drink powders with varying benefits, red ginseng juice and candies, and two types of teas.  Korea, I know your banchan and main dishes quite well, but when it comes to sweets, besides hotteok, sujeonghwa, and shikkye, I’m lost.  Consider this post, my acceptance of your challenge.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (4)Finally Ginger is a Cleveland, Ohio-based cookie company emphasizing the spicy yet versatile root in its baked goods.  They currently have five year-round flavors – original, orange, oatmeal cranberry, chocolate chunk, and lemon – but sometimes introduce holiday-themed types.  To me, ginger is not used enough, both in savory and sweet instances, so I’m all for it.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (5)Haute Chocolate Brooklyn produces a quality bar of semisweet chocolate, though I have to say, I enjoyed even more their rosemary and early grey bars.  Suggestive packaging too…it makes you wonder what shelf they’d be on at a US bookstore.  Gluten-free, too, so gain as much weight as you can, just don’t bother your digestive tract.

New York, Brooklyn - Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, March 19-20, 2016 (3)Whether or not you think dandelions are weeds, you may not have known about their nutritional vigor.  Vitamins, minerals and fiber are all present in the humble plant, though their use to treat specific ailments and diseases is still being researched.  Either way, Dandy Lion Tea believes that there’s a future in drinking dandelions mixed with fruit juice, and as long as there’s no sugar added, I’m on board with this Long Island, New York-based team.


Thinking about the Philadelphia show already…

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7 Responses to Event Review: Coffee and Tea Festival NYC (Brooklyn), March 19-20, 2016

  1. pinkiebag says:

    How lucky to get a free ticket to this festival. I wouldn’t know where to start it looks like a great day out, Chloe.
    https://pinkiebag.com/

  2. Jacob says:

    Hope it was really a fun, I joined Dublin Coffee and tea festival in 2014, Loads of coffee testing and fair-trade workshops, totally different tea options, which even I never heard before. There was also a section for coffee machines from pour over to latest technologies, after talking with his marketing staff, I was so impressed on coffee machines online market and soon after that I started a mahine reviews site. Yeah sometime these festivals give you good ideas which you even can’t get from Guru’s. Hope to join next festival in Brooklyn.

  3. kilinoecam@gmail.com says:

    Hi! Please tell us about Big Island Teas that you tried.

    • Hi there! I’m not sure if I mentioned this to Eliah, but the black tea reminded me of uni (at a sushi restaurant). Contrary to what you may expect after reading that, I really enjoyed it! Very unique…thanks again!

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