Two Global Tea Championship competitions and their entry deadlines are proper across the nook. The Iced Tea Commercial Competition will happen Aug. 16 in Montbello, California, and the Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Competition will happen Sept. 29-30 in Boulder, Colorado. The Global Tea Championship is an impartial tea competitors open to teas which are commercially offered and tea purveyors from any nation can enter.
The Global Tea Championship is a superb alternative for tea corporations, each new and established, to obtain suggestions from judges who’ve a number of years of expertise in numerous aspects of the tea industry. It additionally helps corporations to acquire goal suggestions of the place their teas fall throughout the spectrums of aroma, coloration, mouthfeel and taste and the way they stand as much as competitor entrants.
Lydia Kung, a Global Tea Championship decide and proprietor of VeriLeaf Fine Teas mentioned, “Tasting several teas in one category always furnishes a rewarding overall view, but the evaluation is done by comparing each tea against benchmark standards that the judges have acquired from years of cupping and familiarity with processing methods, and not so much against other entries in the category.” She added, “By always focusing on the defining features of a category as set forth in the competition criteria, the process adheres to certain standards and maintains consistency rather than relying, in a more limited fashion, on the various teas that are entered from one session to the next.”
The deadlines for the Iced Tea Commercial Competition are quickly approaching. Early Bird Pricing which is $150 per entry and saves entrants $25 ends July 30. Regular Pricing, which is $175 per entry, begins July 31. Entry Forms are due Aug. 6, samples are due August 13. Teas will be entered here. Regular pricing begins July 31. The list of categories and category definitions are on the Global Tea Championship website. Winners will likely be notified Aug. 22.
Four tea industry specialists will decide the competitors. John Culicott, president and COO of Walters Bay; Eliot Jordan, tea grasp at Mighty Leaf Tea; David DeCandia, senior supervisor of tea and grasp tea blender for the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Hannah Crum, president of Kombucha Brewers International.
“I’m interested in seeing how this year’s iced tea entrants interpret the ‘classic’ iced teas, and not just teas that follow new food trends,” Eliot Jordan mentioned. “It will be interesting to see if quality of tea is improving in the competitive marketplace.”
For the primary time ever, kombucha will likely be judged on this competitors throughout eight classes, six of that are unique to kombucha and two of that are probiotics classes. Crum, who will decide the kombucha classes within the competitors, mentioned, “We are excited that Kombucha is being included in the Global Tea Championships Ready to Drink category. As a fermented tea with ancient origins in China and Russia, it is natural that Kombucha would be included and is truly a global phenomenon.” She added, “Plus, as a craft brewed beverage, Kombucha ranges in styles and flavors – from tangy and full bodied with a hint of sweetness, to a filtered and refreshing ‘tea soda.’”
Next up is the Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Tea Competition, which can occur Sept. 29-30. Entry types are due Sept. 18 and samples are due on Sept. 24. Categories and Category Definitions are listed on the Global Tea Championship website. Winners will likely be notified Oct. 4. Important dates together with Rules and Regulations will be discovered here.
Tea specialists Richard Enticott, proprietor of the Meridian Trading Company and Lydia Kung will decide this competitors.
Results of every competitors will likely be printed in World Tea News. Winners have the choice of taking part within the World Tea Expo’s Winners Tasting Circle at which expo attendees forged their votes for the People’s Tea Choice Awards.