Northwest Tea Festival

20131006-110552.jpgSEATTLE, Wash. — The Northwest Tea Festival is in full swing today with an enthusiastic crowd at Seattle Center. The annual event includes workshops, tastings, exhibits and demonstrations.
Emeric Harney with Harney & Sons open the program Sunday telling attendees how tea is made.


Harney’s personal travels have taken him to Africa, Asia and India. He told attendees that in China they harvest in the spring and for limited times in Darjeeling, India, but in Assam they never stop plucking through most of the year, working six days a week.

20131006-104644.jpgHis photos of Rwanda featured Sowarthe, an estate that worked hard to stabilize the soil in a rain-soaked region and produces organic teas for companies like Teavana. The next stop on his talk was South Africa to explain the origin and preparation of Rooibos. Needles of this plant lend sweetness and bark adds body and the characteristic red color.

20131006-111622.jpg“My grandfather John Harney convinced London’s Dorchester Hotel to buy tea from an American company with an Irish heritage,” he said pointing out that for the past five years the famous hotel has won awards for excellence of its tea. British legacy teas remain popular but companies must continue to innovate.
Millennials like himself will experience more flavors and more unique teas being developed, said Harney.


Editor | Publisher | Consultant | Freelance Writer Dan is the founder of Tea Journey magazine and a contributing editor at STiR coffee and tea. He is the former editor and publisher of World Tea News, and a contributor to Fresh Cup, Specialty Coffee Retailer, and CoffeeTalk. His personal blog is In 2012 Dan supervised the successful re-launch of Tea Magazine where he was editor and publisher. This followed two years as editor and publisher of World Tea News. Dan has traveled widely, speaking on retail beverage trends in Canada and the United States at conferences in Dubai, UAE, Global Dubai Tea Forum (2016) and GDTF (2012 and 2014); World Tea Expo (2011-2015-2016); Canada Coffee & Tea Show (2011); Coffeefest; World Tea East and presented at the Tocklai Tea Research Institute Centennial, Jorhat, Assam (2011). He addressed the India International Tea Convention in Goa, India (2012). Dan is addressed COTECA conference attendees in Hamburg, Germany in September 2016, presented at the Xiamen Tea Fair in China, the DMCC Tea Centre hosted Global Dubai Tea Forum in 2016 and the Puer Specialty Coffee Forum hosted by the Yunnan Coffee Exchange in 2019.