2016 WORKSHOP HOSTS
DAVID LYONS | @18ThirtyFour
TEA ESSENTIALS & ORIGINS OF TEA
With more than 18 years of tea industry experience I have worked to educate some of Australia's finest restaurants, 5 star hotels, cafes and corporate clients in the way of tea. I’m the founder of 18ThirtyFour, a business dedicated to the education and promotion of quality leaf tea.
ANNIE O’REILLY | @teawithannie
TEA LEAF READING
I’m an 8th generation tea leaf reader with a love of all things tea! I began reading for family and friends at 11 years old and have travelled the world gazing into cups to reveal the most beautiful pictures, stories and futures. I am a full-time Tasseomancist with a Masters Degree from RMIT and I spend my days reading for people from all walks of life in private sessions and through workshops and events.
UPPMA VIRDI | @chai_walli
BESPOKE CHAI BLENDING
Born in the land of spices (India) I grew up learning the art of chai from my Grandfather, an Ayurvedic doctor (Indian natural medicine). I learnt how spices balance, their properties and how to curate the perfect cup of chai. My tea company, Chai Walli (which mean female chai maker) allows me to share my passion and deep rooted knowledge of chai. Through Chai Walli I sell seasonal and small batch chai blends that are derived from my Grandfathers' ancient recipe.
CORINNE SMITH | @rabbitholetea
TEA & CHOCOLATE PAIRING
My passion is for enabling tea lovers to indulge in their pleasure. I co-founded The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar to do just that and since then have established a growing stable of Tea Bars redefining the tea experience daily.
I love the excitement of new discovery as it relates to tea; be it new flavour combinations, new methods of brewing or new ways of getting the word out that tea is awesome. I’ve done the “hard” yards and tasted ALL the chocolate to make sure this pairing is perfect for you. You can thank me later.
PAULINE NASH | @kokoblackchocolate
TEA & CHOCOLATE PAIRING
I head up Koko Black’s Corporate and Wholesale department and have worked in the food industry for over 15 years. I have played an active part in Melbourne’s food scene having worked with T2 Tea, Phillippa’s Bakery, the Melbourne Farmers Markets and RASV Fine Food Awards. I also created my own start up business, Coconut Revolution. With a passion for food, culture, people, sales and management, I like to pull things apart, fine tune, and watch them grow!
LILIANA ALGORRY | @theteaatelier
I am a certified tea sommelier and blender, and the founder of The Tea Atelier, a company that specialises in tea training, tasting, sensory evaluation, food pairing, blending and high-end teas. I have been tied up with tea since childhood and my passion is to share tea culture in a contemporary way through educational activities such as teaching in colleges and consulting to corporate companies around Sydney.