Berkeley’s second Coffee & Tea Festival leaves a buzz

Dagmawit Bekele of Anfilo Coffee performs an authentic Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at the Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival. Photo: Tracey Taylor

The second annual Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival took place on Saturday morning at the Hotel Shattuck and, if you attended, you’re probably only now coming down from the caffeine- and sugar-induced buzz it induced.

Hundreds of people wandered the hotel’s elegant ballroom and exterior patio, sampling espresso drinks and fine teas, miniature bundt cakes, chocolate bites and gelato… not a bad way to spend a lazy weekend morning, many participants agreed.

The Coffee & Tea Festival was orchestrated by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and included a program of talks, and both coffee and tea ceremonies. Exhibitors included Berkeley Coffee & Tea, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Café V, Twenty Twenty Studios, Madecasse Chocolate, Genuto Gelato, Jade Chocolates, Five Mountains, Café Clem, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Tisano Tea.

Red Circle Tea was one of the dozens of exhibitors at the second annual Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Five Restaurant’s Executive Chef Banks White serves up sweet treats at the Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Berkeleyside was a proud sponsor of the Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival which was held at the Hotel Shattuck. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Craig Becker, owner of Caffe Mediterraneum, and John Curry, whose El Salvador coffee plantation supplies the Telegraph Avenue café, prepare pour-over coffee at the 2012 Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Coffee 2.0 panel: L to R: Shirin Moayyad, Director of Coffee Peet’s; Vincent Virzi, coffee buyer and roaster Berkeley Coffee and Tea; Kenneth Davids, co-founder, The Coffee Review; Ambessaw Assegued, owner Anfilo Coffee; and Timber Manhart, owner Catahoula Coffee. Photo: Tracey Taylor

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Perk up at the Berkeley Cofee & Tea Festival [08.10.12]

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