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Coffee & Tea Festival to Crown Latte Art Throwdown Champ

BROOKLYN, NY. February 17, 2016 - Starfish Junction Productions announced that the 11th annual Coffee & Tea Festival New York City will be returning to the Brooklyn Expo Center located at 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 on March 19-20, 2016. The festival which is open to the public and trade will include over 70 exhibitors and an impressive line-up of seminars; not to mention, a "latte art throwdown" sure to bring top baristas from the tri-state area, hosted and sponsored by Café Grumpy.

The Coffee & Tea Festival's Latte Art Throwdown will have baristas face-off in a bracketed, single elimination competition to see who has the most creative, artistic, and technical latte art in the city. Competitors will not only make art as they would at an espresso bar in midtown but they'll also be challenged to different tasks in later rounds such as producing quality latte art while pouring several feet above a cup. Winner will take home $500 cash prize and trophy! Competition rules and registration form are on the festival's website, CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com.

"Café Grumpy is bringing the espresso bar and DJ. Bartlett Dairy is bringing the milk. The judges are in place and the competitors are signing up," said Event Manager Kristyn Dolan. "Now we just can't wait for the competition to take place! Baristas from across the five-boroughs and elsewhere will be in attendance and I'm sure they'll be serving up top notch art - think beyond rosettas and swans...."

The Latte Art Throwdown will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 beginning at 1:00PM. All competitors and spectators will need to purchase a ticket to the event. Tickets provide access to the event, tastings from some of the biggest names in coffee and tea and access to free festival seminars covering topics such as afternoon tea, Turkish coffee, matcha, cold brew, cooking with tea, and biodynamic, organic coffee. Some special seminars will also take place throughout the weekend for a small materials fee ranging from $10-$15.

Canadian award-winning author and international tea taster Kevin Gascoyne will be educating attendees on the historical aspects, old tea trees, traditional processing methods and more in a workshop on "The Mysterious World of Aged Tea." Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Specialized Instructor and Lead Examiner, Sarah Leslie of Irving Farm Coffee Roasters will be instructing an hour and a half intensive on brewing fundamentals for use at home covering water ratio, grind size, pouring techniques, etc. Plus, industry expert Linda Villano of SerendipiTea will be leading a hand-on tea blending workshop where participants will make two kraft bags of their very own custom teas or tisanes.

For attendees looking to get into tea or those in the food/beverage industry looking to continue their education, TeaCourse.com producer Gail Gastelu will be offering Tea Course Fast Track, a half-day seminar teaching participants about camellia sinensis, tea experience, tea uses and health benefits, and much more. The course is $245 and includes VIP admission to the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC plus a tea cupping set and a flash drive full of additional readings, resources, eBooks, and special offers.

Doors open to the general public at 12pm and close at 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. General admission tickets are on sale now at the event website, CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com for $25. VIP tickets are also available for $35 and give the ticketholder an extra two hours in the event from 10AM-12PM; plus, an exclusive gift bag. New this year, "Rush Hour" tickets will be available on Saturday only for admission from 3PM-5PM for $10. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid being sold-out. For additional information and tickets, please visit CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com.

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