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Coffee & Tea Festival NYC Returns to Brooklyn Expo Center on March 10-11, 2018

(February 15, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY) Starfish Junction, producers of the 13th 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 2018 sampling event.  An extraordinary panel of pioneers and industry influencers will be speaking at the event on March 10-11, 2018 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222).  The event is open to the public and trade.  Limited tickets remain for this much-loved foodie-centric event.  Tickets and info at

“Attendees are in for a real treat this year,” said event manager, Kristyn Dolan.  “They’ll see many of their favorite exhibitors who have returned again this year and some great new and innovative companies who are joining us for the first time.”  Featured exhibitors include:  Ippodo Tea; Sail Away Coffee Co.; Teavana; Chameleon Cold Brew; Caskai; local Brooklynites El Voyage coffee and Miss Tea; Oren's Daily Roast; Pekant Tea Company, Wandering Bear Coffee; plus the 2018 Global Tea Championship Winner SerendipiTea, and Sunniva Super Coffee who last week appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank.  “There will be samples of 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 Dolan.

The event will also feature educational and entertaining seminars, some free, some require small materials fee and pre-registration.  The seminars cover a variety of topics including:  tea etiquette, brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home, Chinese tea, pairing tea and honey, DIY beauty products using tea, and more.  Complete seminar schedule online.

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 on both days of the festival, an exclusive gift bag, a tea cupping set and a flash drive full of additional readings, resources, eBooks, and special offers.

The 2018 Coffee & Tea Festival will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 and Sunday March 11, 2018 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 East River Water Taxi, or the G-train.  VIP tickets (limited availability) are $35 each and include an extra two hours of tastings from 10am-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/12:00-4:00pm Sunday) tickets are available each day for $25 and provide ticketholders access to the tastings and select seminars.  “Rush Hour” tickets will also be available on Saturday only for admission from 3PM-5PM for $10. 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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