Friday, October 21, 2016

Taiwan Oolong Cupping & Grading Workshop @ WTE2016 (6/16/2016)

Move up to another level with Taiwan Oolong Cupping and Grading.  A new course developed by Taiwan Tea Institute, Dr. Jerry Liu and myself.  We want to demonstrate how you can have your personal cupping studio set, and how you do your own cupping. 
With a Cupping and Grading Log designed for you to practice and document each cupping and also to grade the tea with score while cupping.  The grading reference chart for 7 Taiwan Oolong is very useful to train yourself to break down the total score in 5 areas:  Appearance, Tea Liquor, Aroma, Flavor, and Wet Leaf. 
On this particular class, we have invited Master Johnny Tu from HGT to give a demonstration of his cupping routine.  Chris Anderson, our TOST friend, has shared his own testimonial about the cupping skill he has learned over the years.

Please enjoy the photos taken from the session.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

World Tea Expo 2016 - Show is On!

Another year passed by, and World Tea Expo has returned from Long Beach, California back to where it started - Las Vegas, Nevada.  Good to see many 'old' friends, which means the tea business are good, I hope.  Also, we have met a few new tea friends who are interested in Taiwan Oolong.
Please enjoy the photos taken at the show floor from 6/15-17/2016.

After so many years that Taiwan tea pavilion has its own stage inside the booth for tea education and cupping / tasting sessions... many show participants had stopped by and wondered why we don't offer the classes this year?  We felt a bit disappointed with this change.  Instead, we were invited by our tea buddies, ITI and Tea Source, to offer 'Taiwan Oolong Update' in their booths on 6/16 and 6/17.

Please enjoy the photos of ITI session

Please enjoy  the photos of Tea Source session.

Stage Event: Ceremonial Oolong Service @ World Tea Expo 2016

We have a stage event during the show hours in 2016 World Tea Expo.

Ceremonial Oolong Service  -
Instead of having traditional Oolong Tea Ceremony,  we are thinking to demo how we can prepare the tea ready for serving on many important gatherings.  RTS - Ready to serve.  A new avenue for retailers or tea rooms operators to work with caterers and parties or events organizers... offering non-alcohol fine beverages, Taiwan Oolong, yet to be served in civilized style.  Something that people will appreciate and will remember.  The rest, let the words to travel.

Working closely with Wedding Planners, Party Coordinators, Event include Ceremonial Oolong Service in their programs.  With the Spectrum of Taiwan Oolong complex in color, aroma, flavor... we believe it is so easy to find perfect Oolong to fulfill the great memories.

Further more, we encourage tea rooms, tea bars, or restaurants to infuse fine oolong properly, cool it, bottle it and chill it.
RTS Fine Oolong will be a big ticket for adding up the revenue.

Please enjoy the photos taken from this stage event on 6/15/2016.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

World Origin Tasting Tour (Taiwan) @ 2016 World Tea Expo

World Origin Tasting Tour is a one day program ahead of World Tea Expo opening the show floor.  It is designed for tea entrepreneurs to 'travel' from one origin to another... and to taste and learn the tea from representatives of each origin.

Within 45 minutes, we have to introduce Taiwan's tea history, geography, tea districts, tea cultivars, and also offer 4 Specialty Taiwan Oolongs provided by Taiwan Tea Manufacturers' Association.  This year, we have two Oolongs are first time to be introduced:  Taitung Oolong and Formosa Bonita., in addition to Alishan Jade and Lishan Amber.

Thanks to our Team Taiwan friends, who have done an efficient job to make sure every attendee gets the Taiwan tea map and leaflet.  The volunteers in prep room also done a wonderful job to bring the tea according to our schedule and infusion instruction.  It won't be possible without a good team effort.

Please enjoy the photos taken by Frieda.