The World Tea East was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
When I'm in Philly I think of Rocky, the Liberty Bell and the Reading Terminal Market. Lucky for me I was staying right across the street from the market so it was reallly convenient.
I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of Philly cheesesteaks, but this roasted pork sandwich with provolone and broccoli rabe from Dinic's is something I enjoy.
Of course, I did not consume this before class. That would have sent my taste buds into a frenzy.
The Specialty Tea Institute operates under The Tea Association of the United States. Their mission is to educate the public about everything there is to know about tea; to promote awareness and consumption. They are also indirectly responsible for bringing tea enthusiasts together. I have been taught by some amazing instructors and have had invaluable resources made available to me. I have also made some great friends through STI.
I had to arrive a day early for my Level 3 Tea Certification with the Specialty Tea Institute which encompassed Green, Yellow and White Teas. The course was taught by Phil Parda and Cynthia Gold, two remarkable people in the tea industry. More on them in the next post.
Day One: Green Teas (China and Japan)
Day Two: Yellow and White Teas
Cupping. This is similar to steeping with a Gaiwan. Love these step-by-step instructions on how to steep Gong Fu style by In Pursuit of Tea.
This Shou Mei, white tea, was delicious!
White Peony was delicate and well balanced, aromatic and sweet.
I stayed at The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown which I highly recommend because well, you'll never have to leave the building if you want to a) head to the convention center and b) hit the Reading Terminal Market if it's raining out (which it was)! All connected by bridges and escalators. They also have a great pool.
The Philadelphia Convention Center is truly stunning.
The WTE exhibitor hall.
I had a ball connecting with all my tea friends, old and new!
Looking forward to The World Tea Expo in Las Vegas already! Of course, that won't be till June 2013 but, if all goes well maybe I won't have to wait that long to see my friends again. Looking forward to seeing some of my STI friends in the next (and last) Level 3 Class PUERHS). Then I graduate!!!