Tea Talk with Peter F. Goggi and Guests

Ceylon Tea, Part 3

04/10/2017 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

STI Advisory Board Member Gail Gastelu Reports on Ceylon Tea, Part 3

A little bird just informed me that STI is proposing a trip to Sri Lanka exclusively for members. This is music to my ears! No, I had nothing to do with planning this. Peter Goggi and staff have put together an itinerary to visit Sri Lanka and experience the beautiful wonders of the island country with visits to tea plantations and optional additional participation / attendance at the Colombo International Tea Convention where 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea events will take place in August.  Full details have been circulated by the Tea Assoc. of USA via email to members of STI. If interested, be sure to reserve your place as soon as possible.

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Vietnam is looking to increase exports of their Specialty Teas to U.S.

03/14/2017 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

Peter Goggi, President STI and Tea Association of the U.S.A, Inc., attended a Vietnam Trade Meeting with Swiss counsellor and the Vietnam Ambassador in attendance.

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Ceylon Tea – Part 2

03/08/2017 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

STI Advisory Board Member Gail Gastelu Reports on Ceylon Tea, Part 2

Since my last post, I’ve been working hard to organize over 2500 photos, videos, and mountains of information about Ceylon tea. There is much work to be done and I hope you continue to follow the tale of my January 2017 trip to Sri Lanka.  (If you are a member of STI, be sure to access and read your complimentary March/April issue of The Tea House Times featuring Ceylon tea! –emailed to members). Today, here, I would like to discuss taste. If anyone understands this at all, it is certainly members of STI and/or the Tea Assoc. of the USA.

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Tea Time with TEXSOM IWA: Kyle Stewart, STI Certified Tea Specialist, of the Cultured Cup

03/08/2017 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

Here at the Tea Association and Specialty Tea Institute, we are driven to support the entire U.S. tea industry and strive to ensure that Accurate Tea information is made public.  At the heart of this are our STI Certified Tea Specialists© , who have gone through our Certification Program, the only Tea Certification authorized by the Tea Association of the U.S.A., Inc. 

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Ceylon Tea - Part 1

02/07/2017 in Tea Talk by Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos   () comments

STI Advisory Board Member Gail Gastelu Reports on Ceylon Tea, Part 1

If you are not already aware, 2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea! I’ve just returned from the most amazing, once in a lifetime experience, trip to Sri Lanka and will be working over the next weeks and months to help consumers and businesses to better understand Ceylon tea, its seasons for plucking year-round, and distinctive characteristics thanks to seven growing regions.   

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Malawi 1993

08/25/2016 in Tea Talk by Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos   () comments

These were taken in Malawi about 23 years ago.  As usual, the pictures themselves don’t tell too much of a story.  They’re typical scenes of tea gardens at the base of the Mount Milanje.  

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An Interview with Ms. Gail Gastelu

08/04/2016 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

Gail Gastelu is the owner and publisher of The Tea House Times as well as many other tea-related businesses and websites.  She has been connecting businesses and consumers with all facets of the tea industry since 2003.  In addition, she has been a member of STI’s Advisory Board since 2015.  We wanted to learn a little more about her and share what we learned with you.

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An Interview with Mr. Jem McDowall

05/24/2016 in Tea Talk by Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos   () comments

In our continuing series of interviews with STI’s Advisory Board, we talk this week to Jem McDowall, its current Chair and the nominated Board representative of the Tea Association of the US to its STI Advisory Board.

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An Interview with Todd Rubin -President and Minister of Evolution of The Republic of Tea(Part 2)

05/18/2016 in Tea Talk by Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos   () comments

STI: And what advice would you give to people just starting to be interested in specialty teas?
 
Todd: Wow, there’s lots of things I would love to share. But I think I would distill it down to three points: first, learn the basics of tea. Second, I recommend trying lots of different teas; find the ones you like the most. And finally – we have an expression at The Republic of Tea that we call TeaMind. It’s about having a moment when you’re enjoying your tea, and creating your own tea ritual, whatever that is. I definitely believe everyone should find his or her TeaMind.

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An Interview with Todd Rubin -President and Minister of Evolution of The Republic of Tea (Part 1)

04/07/2016 in Tea Talk by Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos   () comments

Todd Rubin is President and Minister of Evolution of The Republic of Tea as well as a new member of STI’s Advisory Board.  We wanted to introduce him – as well as the rest of the Advisory Board – to our members and to other tea-lovers and learners, so we asked him some questions about his tea path. 

 

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An Interview with Mr. Peter F. Goggi (Part II)

03/22/2016 in Tea Talk by Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos   () comments

Peter Goggi became President of The Tea Association of the USA, Inc., and its educational arm, The Specialty Tea Institute (STI) in 2014.  He brings a lifetime of worldwide tea experience to the position.   Over the next few months, we’ll be posting interviews with STI’s staff, Advisory Board and Tea Mentors and we are initiating this series with a conversation with Peter.

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An Interview with Mr. Peter F. Goggi (Part I)

03/10/2016 in Tea Talk by Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos   () comments

Peter Goggi became President of The Tea Association of the USA, Inc., and its educational arm, The Specialty Tea Institute (STI) in 2014.  He brings a lifetime of worldwide tea experience to the position.   Over the next few months, we'll be posting interviews with STI's staff, Advisory Board and Tea Mentors and we are initiating this series with a conversation with Peter. Interviewed by Melanie Wisniewski.

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China Under Snow

02/04/2016 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

So, last Friday I turned 60.  Holy Crap, how did that happen??

In any case, I was feeling awful, and ended up in the Dr.’s office that day due to an upper respiratory infection.  Not good, but not the point of this musing!  

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January Tea Talk

02/04/2016 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

This past week I made an effort to get out of my office and tour a few tea shops in NYC.

I am really glad I did!

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DRINK TEA Campaign Introduced by Tea Council of the USA

12/18/2015 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

The Tea Council of the USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of a #DrinkTea Campaign representing a consumer-friendly, business-friendly, social media-friendly approach to promoting the benefits of tea consumption in the USA.

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Brick Tea Ceremony

12/04/2015 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

I’m still quietly ruminating over my pictures from China in November as I drink my morning cup…my own personal blend, by the way!

I still can’t get over the gentle, beautiful and unique Brick Tea Ceremony in which I was able to participate while in Hubei.  Not only was it a very interesting ceremony, but I learned quite a bit. 

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“Tea in China” by Peter F. Goggi

12/01/2015 in by   () comments

I have just completed a weeklong stay in China, where I spoke at the 2015 International Tea Forum in Chibi, Hubei.  Hubei is world famous for its teas, such as Cloud-and-Mist Tea , Tuanhuang Tea and Qimen Tea.  It also was the birth place (well close by, anyway!) of Lu Yu, author of the Classic of Tea in the 8th century.  I have not been to China in a long while and nave never been to Hubei Province, and I was very impressed.  The infrastructure from Wuhan (the Provincial Capital) down to Chibi was impressive, modern and possessing more than enough capacity to cover the 130 KM in about 2 hours.

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