The Global Tea Championship’s Spring 2019 Hot (Loose Leaf) Tea Competition will take place in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 28 – 29. Tea companies from around the world will compete in 41 categories. All of the teas will be tasted and evaluated by three judges who are tea experts: Lydia Kung, Jhanne Jasmine and Danielle Hochstetter. Winners will be notified Oct. 4 and results will be published in World Tea News Oct. 11.
The judges were selected for their knowledge, experience and professionalism. Lydia Kung owns VeriLeaf Fine Teas and has judged this competition in the past; Jhanne Jasmine Co-Founded the TeaZone and currently works for Stash Tea Company; and Danielle Hochstetter is a graduate of the Tea Science department at Zhejiang University and is on the board of the American Specialty Tea Alliance.
Participating in the Global Tea Championship is a great way for tea companies to learn about how their teas compare to others on the market. Judges evaluate the appearance, aroma, taste and mouthfeel of each tea and provide thoughtful feedback to all of the participants. Hence, even if a company does not win an award, the competition is still a valuable learning experience.
Teas will be rated on a 100-point scale and awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. 80 points or above award a Gold medal, 70-79 points grant a silver medal, and teas rated with 60-69 points get bronze medals. However, if three teas place within one of the point ranges, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be distributed among them. Additionally, the judges have the option of giving a “Judge’s Choice” award to a tea that may not have placed in the aforementioned categories, but still stands out as an exemplary tea. Past winners have mentioned their awards in marketing materials.
Entry forms for this competition are due September 10, and there will not be any extensions. Tea samples must be received in Boulder, Colorado by September 17. Make sure packaging for all teas is air-tight to avoid cross-contamination. Teas that are entered into the wrong categories will be disqualified. Complete Rules and Regulations can be found here.