Global Tea Championship

Iced Tea Competition Judges Offer Insights

Manik Jayakumar, founder and CEO of QTrade Teas and Herbs, and Eliot Jordan, Vice President of Tea at Mighty Leaf were two of the three judges in the recent Global Tea Championship’s Iced Tea Competition, which took place on August 16 in Montebello, California. They offered their reactions and insights. The growing popularity of...

Global Tea Championship 2018 Iced Tea Competition Results

The Global Tea Championship’s 2018 Iced Tea Competition took place August 16 in Montebello, California. Three judges—Eliot Jordan, John Cullicott and Manik Jayakumar—tasted and evaluated the teas. Here are the results of the competition. Commercial Green Straight Silver: Farmer Brothers—Farmer Brothers Select Green Iced Tea Bronze: Shangri La Tea Co. Inc.—Organic Green Tea Black...

Tea Companies Benefit from the Global Tea Championship

Participating in the Global Tea Championship, a competition that draws tea purveyors from around the world, benefits everyone. Judges Lydia Kung, owner of Verileaf Fine Teas and Eliot Jordan, vice president of Mighty Leaf, share their insights as to why tea companies should enter regardless of whether they win medals. Jordan is one of...

Meet the Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Competition Judges

Meet the judges for the Global Tea Championship’s Iced Tea Competition, which takes place August 16 in Montebello, California. John Cullicott has more than 16 years of tea industry experience. As President and COO of Walters Bay, he has helped develop the grower-direct business model, which prioritizes sustainability, traceability and transparency. Read more here....

Meet David De Candia, Global Tea Championship Judge

David DeCandia has been with the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for 11 years, where he is the Senior Manager of Tea and Master Tea Blender and buyer. He also formed the company’s training and certification programs, which educate its 850 retail employees about tea. What sparked your interest in tea? I was just...

Meet John Cullicott, Global Tea Championship Judge

John Cullicott brings more than 16 years of tea industry experience to judging. As President and COO of Walters Bay, he has helped develop the grower-direct business model, which prioritizes sustainability, traceability and transparency. Cullicott’s experience encompasses every step of the supply chain, from tea nurseries and gardens to factories and packaging. He was...

Meet Eliot Jordan, Global Tea Championship Judge

Eliot Jordan’s career in the tea industry began at Peet’s Coffee & Tea store in Berkeley, California, where he went from being a part-time employee to being a trainer and subsequently a tea purchaser, blender and buyer. During his tenure at Peet’s he introduced new teas and blends, such as Pride of the Port...

Deadlines for Two Global Tea Championships Are Approaching

Two Global Tea Championship competitions and their entry deadlines are right around the corner. The Iced Tea Commercial Competition will take place Aug. 16 in Montbello, California, and the Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Competition will take place Sept. 29-30 in Boulder, Colorado. The Global Tea Championship is an independent tea competition open to teas...

New Open Class Offers Surprises in Global Tea Championship

The Global Tea Championship’s 2018 Fall Hot Loose Leaf Competition took place Saturday, March 24, in Boulder, Colorado, where tea purveyors from seven countries competed to win gold, silver or bronze medals in 27 categories. Tea industry experts Scott Svihula, Suzette Hammond and Aaron Vick judged the competition and offered their insights. Judges did...

March 2018 Global Tea Championship Results

The Global Tea Championship’s 2018 Fall Hot Loose Leaf Competition took place in Boulder, Colorado March 24. Entrants from 7 countries submitted 147 teas in 27 categories. Three judges—Scott Svihula, Suzette Hammond and Aaron Vick—tasted and evaluated all of the teas. Here are the results of the competition. Assam Bronze: Vahdam Teas Private Limited—Assam...