Kulov’s 2011 Tea Festival – Los Angeles, CA

May 16, 2011

Last Tuesday, a co-worker sent me a link to the Kulov Tea Festival and I was overly excited with joy that something like this existed. Even though it was in LA (and I’m in Northern CA), I knew I had to be there. The festival took place over this past weekend (5/13-5/15) at Royal T in Culver City, Los Angeles. I bought my flight on Friday AM and flew in Saturday morning for the first official day of festivities at 10AM.

It felt wonderful to be among other tea enthusiasts who share my love and interest in this miracle drink. The festival consisted participating local tea companies who displayed their varietals and knowledge, tea labs (tea tastings), and educational tea classes. I attended Diane Hubbin’s Tea Meet-up session on how to meet other local tea enthusiasts and Tanya William’s “Everything you wanted to know about green tea, but were too afraid to ask.” It was awesome to hear about the differences in Chinese and Japanese green tea production, technique, and culture. Even though Dragonwell green tea is the most “economical” and tame in quality, it is still the best tasting to me 🙂

Some cool facts:

  • The best harvest period for green tea is from April – May (1st Flush)
  • Green tea was considered high society in China (reserved for the dynasty) and was not passed to commoners until the 1500s.
  • Best temperature for green tea is between 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit
Some other local tea companies that have me saying “yay!”:
I’m testing out some oolongs from Naivetea (very cute Korean entrepreneur couple)…and Algabar sample mix. Will let you know which ones I like the best.
Oh, and the World Tea Expo is in Las Vegas in June 24-26th. I’m so bummed I can’t go, but for all you tea lovers out there I’m sure this is the largest show with other tea enthusiasts, producers, manufacturers from all over the world.

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