Questex Reveals Finalists in the 2023 World Tea Best of Awards

Questex, the organizer of World Tea Conference + Expo, revealed 44 finalists across eight key categories for the 2023 World Tea Best of Awards.

The annual awards 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.”

Winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the World Tea Conference + Expo on Tuesday, March 28, on the Nxt Stage on the expo floor at 5:15 p.m. The overall conference and expo, co-located with Bar & Restaurant Expo, will take place March 27-29 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Categories for the 2023 awards include:

1. Most Impactful Global Tea Body

2. Most Sustainably Driven Tea Company

3. Most Creative Tea Marketing Program

4. Most Innovative Tea App

5. Best Boba/Bubble Tea Company

6. Best Tea-Inspired Chef

7. Favorite Tea-Focused YouTuber

8. Favorite World Tea Expo Speaker from the Last Five Years

FaithAnn Bailes, conference and content manager for the World Tea Conference + Expo, said, “When I look at this year’s nominees, I see a shift starting to come. I see young entrepreneurs and new faces mixed in with the established names in the industry. For many years, it was the same leaders rising to the top. Now, we’re seeing new companies and new personalities popping up and making their mark in the tea industry as leaders – and that’s welcome growth and change for the industry.”

Bailes noted that she updates the award categories each year as a way to cover what’s new in the industry or to highlight segments of the industry that have been overlooked in the past. “Receiving a World Tea Best of Award always means a lot to the recipients, especially since our highly engaged industry votes on the winners,” she said.

World Tea Best of Awards nominees for 2023 include:

Most Impactful Global Tea Body:

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

Most Sustainably-Driven Tea Company:

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

Most Creative Tea Marketing Program:

  • Adagio Teas
  • Bewley’s Tea
  • Yorkshire Tea
  • Harney & Sons
  • Ahmad Tea

Most Innovative Tea App:

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

Best Boba/Bubble Tea Company:

  • Bobacino
  • Percolate
  • MILK+T
  • Loose Leaf Boba Company
  • 7 Leaves Cafe

Best Tea-Inspired Chef:

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

Favorite Tea-Focused YouTube Channel:

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

Favorite World Tea Expo Speaker from the Last Five Years:

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

Nominees for the 2023 awards were selected by a panel of industry experts and voted on by the World Tea audience. Questions about the 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
World Tea Conference + Expo, March 27-29, 2023

To learn about other key developments, trends, issues, hot topics and products within the global tea community, plan to attend the World Tea Conference + Expo, March 27-29, 2023 in Las Vegas, co-located with Bar & Restaurant Expo. Visit

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Phone: +1-212-895-8493
Email: [email protected]

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