Well, I made a special point of going this year, and I was not disappointed. When I first walked into the Metropolitan Pavilion (never knew this place existed) I nearly keeled over with excitement. That would have been a coincidence, as I was just down the block from the first building I ever fainted in (you don't want to know). The Pavilion was full of tea and coffee companies displaying their products, answering questions, and offering samples. My first sample was at the Biscottea table. They make shortbread biscotti with tea ingredients - I think my favorite was the blueberry. Then I looked at some kind of healthy juice that sort of tasted like vitamin enriched grapey wine. After a few more moments of browsing, I headed for the area setup for the talks.
I managed to sit through four presentations, and they ran briskly enough to hold my interest. The first one, from Tafu tea, was technical but helpful. Mr. Tafu came from Japan to show us how to make proper cups of Sencha. Sadly the sound system was lacking, so I didn't get as much out of this one as I would have liked. Still, I was reminded of the importance of brewing green tea with water that hasn't reached boiling point yet. Too bad I can't pull that off at work. Well, the whole purpose of sitting down to a good cup of green tea is one of patience, and taking time out. I'll try to do this on the weekends then.