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Coffee & Tea Festival NYC

Announces All-Star Lineup of Guest Speakers for 2013 Event


January 23, 2013 – New York, NY.  Starfish Junction Productions, producer of the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC, recently released their lineup of speakers who will headline their 2013 event.  The 8th annual Coffee & Tea Festival:  NYC will be held on March 23-24, 2013 at the 69th Regiment Armory located at 68 Lexington Ave. (between 25th and 26th streets), New York, NY 10010. The event is open to the public and the trade. The 2012 festival sold out in advance of opening day, another sell-out is expected.  Information about the 2013 Coffee & Tea Festival NYC, including event programming lineup, is available at the event


“We are thrilled to announce our lineup of guest speakers for this year’s show,” said Coffee & Tea Festival event manager, Kristyn Noren.  “We worked all year to develop new partnerships with industry experts and innovators to create an educating and entertaining lineup for the 2013 festival.” 




In addition to being a NYC premiere sampling event, the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC offers a variety of special programs to round out the experience for the attendee. “There is something for everyone, both coffee addicts and tea lovers, at all levels, added Noren.”  The 2013 programming, sponsored by Taste Science, is:

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Guide to Tea (Presented by: Michael Harney, Master Tea Blender, Harney & Sons)

Coffee: Seed to Cup (Presented by: Byron Holcomb, Coffee Director, Dallis Bros. Coffee)

Ellen Easton’s Master Class: Afternoon Tea for Fun or Profit (Presented by: Ellen Easton.  Sponsored by
Three Tarts and Walkers Shortbread)

Coffee Brewing Methods (Presented by: Evan Closson, Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company. Sponsored
by Aerobie AeroPress and Chemex)

Starting a Tea/Coffee Business (Moderated by: Gail Gastelu
 Publisher/Editor-in-Chief ofThe Tea House
 and Producer of


Honey for Tea (Presented by: Zeke Freeman, Owner, Bee Raw Honey) – $10

Tea Infusions & Enhancers for the Perfect Cocktails (Presented by: Peter Martino, CEO and Co-Founder,
Capital Teas.  Sponsored by:  Capital Teas.) – $15

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Ethiopian Coffee & Culture: Celebrating the Coffee Ceremony (Presented by: Elias Gurmu, Owner, Buunni

The Health Aspect of Tea & Coffee (Presented by: Kevin Gascoyne, Owner, Camellia Sinensis, Canada)

Tea is Life…Tea is Energy: Experience the Chinese Tea Ceremony (Presented by: Haiyan
Grzelak, Chinese Tea Master and Guzheng Musician.  Sponsored by:  Lotus Leaf Tea.)


Taste Science: How to Use the Biology of Taste and Smell to Create Perfect Pairings(Presented by: Dr. Virginia Utermohlen-Lovelace MD, Associate Professor at Cornell University, and Renée
Senne, Chef de Cuisine and Culinary School Director). Sponsored by Taste Science. – $15 

Coffee & Chocolate: A Tale of Two Beans 
(Presented by: Enzo Cacace & Vincenzo Farina, Co-Owners of
Black Owl Coffee) – $10


The 2013 Coffee and Tea Festival NYC will be held on Saturday March 23, 2013 and Sunday March 24, 2013 at the 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Ave. (between 25th and 26th streets), New York, NY 10010.  Tickets are $20 each and include sampling from our international lineup of coffee and tea exhibitors as well as attendance at select classes/seminars/demos.  A small additional fee (varies) is applied to specialty event programming (ticket availability and seating is limited). Advanced purchase of tickets is strongly recommended.  Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC  Goodie bags will be distributed to the first 1500 attendees each day. 


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