Fang Gourmet Tea: Steeped in Obsession

The New York Times: Fang Gourmet Tea: “For 15 years, it has been the de facto gathering place for the New York region’s most serious tea enthusiasts. And this season brings its premier event, for connoisseurs and novices alike: the annual Tea Tasting Expo. For the expo, which began in 2009 and runs this year from Dec. 9 through Jan. 7, the normally serene shop bustles as the staff trots out limited releases of Chinese and Taiwanese teas and teaware that draw drinkers from as far as California.”

“The costly teas and pottery are often unobtainable anywhere else in the United States, even for seasoned drinkers with connections of their own … But the expo is more than an opportunity to share rare and newly available teas. It also gives tea devotees, many of whom see one another only once a year, a space to obsess together … the expo is more about education and community than about profit. The shop is not a big moneymaker.”

“And unlike blockbuster conventions like the World Tea Expo (to be held next June in Las Vegas) and the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC (scheduled for March at the Brooklyn Expo Center), the Fang gathering is deliberately intimate. There are no keynote addresses, swag bags or sponsors … What brings drinkers back year after year is the promise of exceptional teas and conversation with kindred spirits.”


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