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Starfish Junction, producers of the 14th annual Coffee & Tea Festival—“a coffee and tea lovers heaven” ( and selected as one the “Ten Best New York Events” (USA Today’s—is putting the final touches on the 2019 tasting event.  An extraordinary panel of pioneers and industry influencers will be speaking at the event on March 23-24, 2019 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222).  The event is open to the public and trade.  Tickets and info at
“Once again, attendees are in for a real treat this year,” said event manager, Kristyn Noren.  “We have many of their favorite exhibitors returning again this year plus some incredible new and innovative companies who are joining us for the first time.”  The largest and longest-running consumer-focused coffee and tea sampling event in the country, the Coffee & Tea Festival attracts local, national and international companies interested in converting coffee and tea enthusiasts into customers.  Exhibitors will offer tastings of their coffees, teas, honeys and even some deliciously dunkable treats that can be enjoyed with coffee and tea.  “It’s going to be a great day for the thousands of visitors who join in on the fun,” boasts Noren.
The event will also feature educational and entertaining seminars, some free, some require a small materials fee and pre-registration.  The seminars cover a variety of topics including:  Ethiopian coffee and culture, tea trends, preparing and enjoying Italian iced coffee, how to use a Chemex, understanding Taiwan’s Baozhong Oolong, crafting with tea, and more.   View the complete seminar schedule online.

Back by popular demand is the Tea Course Fast Track.  For attendees looking to get into the tea business or those in the food and beverage industry looking to continue their education and/or add tea to their offerings, producer Gail Gastelu will be offering Tea Course Fast Track, a half-day seminar teaching participants about Camellia sinensis, the tea experience, tea uses and health benefits, and much more. The four-hour course requires pre-registration and includes VIP admission to the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC, an exclusive festival gift bag, a tea cupping set and a flash drive full of additional readings, resources, eBooks, and special offers.
The 2019 Coffee & Tea Festival will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2018 and Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Brooklyn Expo Center located at 72 Noble Street in Brooklyn, NY 11222.  The venue is located in the thriving and trendy Greenpoint section of Brooklyn and is easily accessible by car, the B32 bus, the NYC Ferry, or the G-train.  VIP tickets (limited availability) are $35 each and include an extra two hours of tastings from 10:00am-12:00pm, a guaranteed festival gift bag stuffed with goodies to take home, and attendance at select seminars. General admission (12:00-5:00pm Saturday or 12:00-4:00pm Sunday) tickets are $25 and provide ticketholders access to the tastings and select seminars.  “Rush Hour” tickets ($10) will be available on Saturday only.  They offer admission from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  These tickets are for those looking to get-in and get-out, for a quick try and buy experience. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the festival website (advance purchase recommended to guarantee admission).

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