Questex Names the Winners of the 2023 World Tea Best of Awards

Questex, the organizer of World Tea Conference + Expo, named the eight winners of the 2023 World Tea Best of Awards. The competition featured 44 finalists across key categories.

The annual awards program honors some of best organizations, leaders, products and campaigns from the tea industry, with the categories changing from year to year. Nominees embrace pillars of “future focus, experiential, education and connection.”

FaithAnn Bailes, conference and content manager for the World Tea Conference + Expo, said, “Congratulations to all of the winners – you all deserve to be recognized, as well as all of the finalists. Each category received more than 1,000 votes from the World Tea audience, so the tea community really did get out there to vote! Of course, it’s important to have awards within the tea industry and to recognize individuals, companies and achievements, to inspire others, and to further propel excellence within the tea industry. Thank you to all of the winners, and we look forward to seeing everyone at World Tea Expo 2024!”

Winners were revealed during a special ceremony at the World Tea Conference + Expo on March 28 on the expo’s Nxt Stage. The 2023 conference and expo, co-located with Bar & Restaurant Expo, took place March 27-29 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

WINNERS of the 2023 World Tea Best of Awards

Most Impactful Global Tea Body:

  • Ethical Tea Partnership - WINNER
  • Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc. - Finalist
  • Tea & Herbal Association of Canada - Finalist
  • IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative - Finalist
  • European Specialty Tea Association - Finalist

Most Sustainably-Driven Tea Company:

  • Yogi Tea - WINNER
  • Numi - Finalist
  • Adagio Teas - Finalist
  • Rare Tea Company - Finalist
  • Jay Shree Tea - Finalist
  • Satemwa Tea & Coffee Estates’ Satemwa Tree Planting Club - Finalist

Most Creative Tea Marketing Program:

  • Bewley USA Retail - WINNER
  • Adagio Teas - Finalist
  • Yorkshire Tea - Finalist
  • Harney & Sons - Finalist
  • Ahmad Tea - Finalist

Most Innovative Tea App:

  • Adagio Teas - WINNER
  • Harney & Sons - Finalist
  • Snackpass - Finalist
  • Mighty Timer - Finalist
  • Peet’s Coffee - Finalist

Best Boba/Bubble Tea Company:

  • Percolate - WINNER
  • Bobacino - Finalist
  • MILK+T - Finalist
  • Loose Leaf Boba Company - Finalist
  • BOBA CHiC - Finalist
  • 7 Leaves Café - Finalist

Best Tea-Inspired Chef:

  • Shania Thomas-Floyd, ConjureTea - WINNER
  • Lenny Martinelli, Three Leaf Concepts and Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse - Finalist
  • Lisa McDonald, TeaHaus - Finalist
  • Cynthia Gold, Tea Author and Tea Sommelier - Finalist
  • Jason McDonald, The Great Mississippi Tea Company - Finalist
  • Mim Enck (in memoriam), East Indies Coffee & Tea Company - Finalist

Favorite Tea-Focused YouTube Channel:

  • Tea House Ghost - WINNER
  • Mei Leaf - Finalist
  • Global Tea Hut - Finalist
  • Red Blossom Tea Company - Finalist
  • Nioteas TV - Finalist

Favorite World Tea Expo Speaker from the Last Five Years:

  • Jeni Dodd, Jeni Dodd Tea - WINNER
  • Sharyn Johnston, Australian Tea Masters - Finalist
  • Daniel Lewis, iAM Daniel - Finalist
  • Nishchal (Nish) Banskota, Nepal Tea Collective - Finalist
  • Kevin Gascoyne, Camellia Sinensis - Finalist
  • Chris Johnston/McNitt, Starbucks - Finalist

Nominees for the 2023 awards were selected by a panel of industry experts and voted on by the World Tea audience.

Questions about the annual awards program? Email FaithAnn Bailes, conference and content manager for the World Tea Conference + Expo, at [email protected].

Plan to Attend or Participate in the
Annual World Tea Conference + Expo

To learn about other key developments, trends, issues, hot topics and products within the global tea community, plan to attend the annual World Tea Conference + Expo in Las Vegas, co-located with Bar & Restaurant Expo. Visit

To book your sponsorship or exhibit space at the World Tea Conference + Expo, or to enquire about advertising and sponsorship opportunities at World Tea News, contact:

Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos
Business Development Manager, Questex
Phone: +1-212-895-8493
Email: [email protected]

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