Spot of Tea or Cup of Joe…
Coffee & Tea Festival Returns to Brooklyn

The 15th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival will be returning to the Brooklyn Expo Center on February 19th and 20th.  The festival is open to the public and trade.  It will include a variety of exhibitors and an impressive line-up of special programs including:  The Natural Wonders of Kenyan Purple Leaf Tea presented by Chinonso Okehie, owner of Chixotic; a workshop on Vietnamese Coffee Tasting and Brewingled by Tu Nguyen, Founder of Vietnam Ca-phe Project and The Teas of Nepal hosted by Nischal Banskota of Nepal Tea. Special safety protocols will be in effect and required for admission.

The Coffee and Tea Festival is proving to be one of NYC’s hottest tickets as consumers start to return, safely, to live events.  “We are so excited to be returning with one of our favorite events,” said Andy Calimano, owner of event producer, Starfish Junction Productions.  “People are ready to gather, safely, with friends for some fun.  While following all state mandated safety guidelines, this year’s fest will be not only be a great way to reconnect with friends, but a welcomed return to live events,” added Calimano.



Coffee and Tea Newsletter readers can save $10 on their GENERAL ADMISSION tickets by using promo code CTNEWS22 at the event website.  There is a limited quantity available for this special offer, so don’t wait too long to buy your general admission tickets—good for Saturday or Sunday general admission.

Exhibitors are getting ready to meet and greet festival attendees and offer tastings of their newest, most sought-after products.  Featured exhibitors include:

The Coffee & Tea Festival is excited to bring together some of the most well-respected industry leaders and pioneers in the industry for an educational and entertaining weekend.  Come sip, sample and save.  Attendees can take advantage of money-saving show discounts on their all-time favorites or brand-new discoveries.

Ticketholders will enjoy this year’s all-star line-up of seminars, including:

The Natural Wonders of Kenyan Purple Leaf Tea (FREE)
Presented by Chinonso Okehie, Founder of Chixotic
Saturday & Sunday - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Learn about the history and origination of this unique tea scientifically shown to boast more antioxidants and health benefits than green or black tea. Topics will include:
• History of Kenyan Purple Leaf Tea
• Unique attributes and health benefits
• Best practices for brewing your perfect cuppa
• Purple Tea impact on Kenyan tea farmers

Chinonso OkehiePresented by Chinonso Okehie, Founder of Chixotic.  Chinonso Okehie launched Chixotic in 2019 with the mission to enrich the lives of tea lovers with unique and authentic African tea while concurrently supporting the livelihoods of African farmers.  Chinonso has always had a passion for authentic tea coupled with a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of African farmers. Growing up in Nigeria, Chinonso’s grandmother as well as many other women in her life relied on farming as a main source of income. Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world and the women have even less opportunities to gain financial freedom.

In 2017, Chinonso embarked on a trip to Kenya, one of the top tea producing countries, with a mission to uncover what it takes to produce tea. Chinonso formed a partnership with the Kenya Tea Department Agency (KTDA) which is owned by small-scale farmers and responsible for over 60% of tea produced in Kenya. She visited various tea farms to connect with the farmers and learn all there is to African tea production. Chinonso's tea farm experience opened the gateway to pursue her passion in life. She made a commitment to give tea consumers a golden opportunity to experience the goodness of African tea while supporting and empowering African farmers, many of whom are women with limited opportunities for attaining financial stability.

Chinonso leverages Chixotic’s business model to give back by donating a portion of all proceeds to The Harvest Fund, an organization that cultivates independence for marginalized African women in agriculture.

Vietnamese Coffee Tasting and Brewing Workshop ($25)
Presented by Tu Nguyen, Founder of Vietnam Ca-phe Project
Saturday & Sunday - 1pm - 2pm

Tu NguyenA wonderful introduction to the coffee culture in Vietnam and interactive experience on how to make a perfect cup of Vietnamese coffee at home!  Join in this special seminar to learn all about the interesting unknown facts about Vietnamese coffee.
The event runs about an hour and comprises two parts: (1) Coffee Tasting and (2) Brewing Vietnamese Coffee with Phin Demo. INCLUDED:  A sample box of three coffee varieties and a classic coffee filter (phin) are our included as part of this seminar.

Presented by Tu Nguyen, Founder of Vietnam Ca-phe Project

After graduating from New York University in 2017, Tu embarked on her journey into the world of food and beverage where she'd been specialized in restaurant operations and later discovered her passion for coffee. Tu officially launched Vietnam Ca-phe Project in 2019 after spending two years brewing the dream of introducing specialty Vietnamese coffee and the slow-drip culture to all coffee lovers in the US. Vietnam Ca-phe Project focuses on curating high-quality and fair-trade Vietnamese coffee beans sourced and roasted in different regions across Vietnam. With an extensive portfolio of coffee varieties, now including tea, you can always find something at its store to suit your taste and every mood.


Nepal Tea: The Best Kept Secret in the Tea Industry! (FREE)
Presented by Nischal Banskota, Founder, Nepal Tea
Saturday & Sunday - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Nepal has been growing teas for over an entire century; however, it has only gotten recognition for about a few decades. In quite a short period of time, Nepali teas have gained a worldwide reputation for its quality and unique flavors. It has also finally achieved its international geographic trademark as “Nepal Tea: Quality from the Himalayas” and some of the teas have won international awards including the Global Tea Championships. We will delve into a brief history of Nepal Tea and most importantly identify what is so unique about the origin that makes it the newfound secret in the global tea market.

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Here are some specific topics that will be covered:
• History of Nepal Teas
• What makes Nepali Teas so unique in the global market
• Tea, tourism and social impact throNischal Banskotaugh Nepal Tea

Presented by Nischal Banskota, Founder, Nepal Tea.  Nishchal Banskota is a 2nd generation tea producer and the founder of Nepal Tea which directly brings certified organic teas from Nepal to the American market. His vision is to create a tech-enabled transparent tea trade that bridges the gap between the primary producers and consumers. He is an active member of the European Specialty Tea Association (ESTA) working to define, educate and execute direct trade through the International Development Committee. His innovative work has been featured in major publications the New York Times and Forbes and he has been a regular speaker at various tea festivals. He is a young leader for the European Union Development Days and an active advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.         



Coffee and Tea Newsletter readers can SAVE $10 NOW on their GENERAL ADMISSION tickets by using promo code: CTNEWS22 when purchasing General Admission tickets for either Saturday or Sunday.  There is a limited quantity available for this special offer, so don’t wait too long to buy your general admission tickets—good for Saturday or Sunday general admission.

Want a take-home goodie bag?  Interested in the VIP experience?  Doors open at 10am for VIPs—two hours earlier than the general admission session. Tickets include bonus time at the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC (10am-12pm) for an intimate shopping and tasting experience and access to the VIP lounge. All VIP Admission ticketholders receive an exclusive festival gift bag with samples for you to take home. VIP tickets are limited to maintain the intimate experience. Ticket Price: $35.  Included in the goodie bag are samples from:

Sponsorships are an important part of any event, and this festival is no exception.  The 2022 sponsors include:

Coco Bubble Tea News 12 Serendipitea The Tea House Times  Coffee and Tea Newsletter  Imbibe Magazine

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com