I attended the Canadian Coffee and Tea show in Toronto last month.
It is a trade show that is not open to the public. The show offers several different seminars and workshops for people working in food industries that involve coffee and tea. I have taken some of the seminars and I try to go every year. I enjoy meeting some of my suppliers in-person; it is great to meet them face-to-face after dealing with them by email and telephone. I also discover ideas about new companies and products.
I joined two seminars this time. I wanted to learn "latte art" but I decided to focus on tea. I took "Herbal blending" and "Comparative tea tasting." Both classes were packed! I met some people from out of province and they were independent coffee shop owners! They took these seminars to expand their knowledge about tea. I am glad to connect with people who are as interested in tea as I am.
I had a chance to chat a little with a professional tea sommelier, and these seminars inspired me to think about some future goals.
I am very glad that I went. Now I feel motivated and pumped!