by Naomi Rosen
When I first launched JoysTeaspoon.com, I made a Tea Business Bucket List (Crytpic name, I know). It looked like this:
- Offer great tea.
- Educate tea drinkers on palate and nuances.
- Educate tea drinkers of environmental and social impacts of tea.
- Meet Leonardo DiCaprio. (What?)
- Be a part of the educational offerings presented by World Tea EXPO.
I do offer great tea, I do educate, and last year I was a part of a World Tea EXPO panel session discussing blogging within your business. Damn you security guards for thwarting my 100% completion on that list!
That said, World Tea EXPO has asked me to come back. And not just for one session...but two! Firstly, I will be moderating the Bloggers Tea Roundtable (5/30). I admire every single one of the bloggers on this panel and am super excited to hear what is said! The line-up includes:
- Chris Giddings of Tea Guy
- Linda Gaylard of The Tea Stylist
- Jen Piccotti of An International Tea Moment
- Jason Walker of Walker Tea Review
- Gary D. Robson of Tea With Gary
- Nicole Martin of Tea For Me Please
For my next trick...I was also asked to represent small tea businesses as a panelist in the "New Face of Retail" panel discussion being offered on Saturday (5/31) morning. It's being moderated by Elyse Peterson of Tealet, who happens to be one of my favorite tea people! Here's a snippet of the description for this class:
"Join some of the brightest up and coming stars of tea retail in the United States as they come together to discuss the current and upcoming trends in tea retail. This panel will include experts in the area of tea education, in-store blending, popup retail, bitcoin payments, and true tea sales. You do not want to miss this session!"
They called me "brightest"! That almost never happens. As you can clearly see, between these two sessions, the countless cups of tea I will be ingesting, the US League of Tea Growers meeting I will be attending, and the reconnecting with tea friends, it is shaping up to be an epic three days for me!
I always have a "Lookout List" with me of products, teas, and items I am trying to track down. Is there something you think we should start carrying? Shoot a note over to email@example.com and fire off your suggestions!