In January Karlijn Dapper won the 4th Dutch Tea Championship held during the 59th Horecava show, an exhibition for hospitality professionals at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre. Dapper presented three teas – a white tea from Yunnan, an Oriental Beauty from Taiwan, and a Japanese Gyokuro – which were judged by the jury for her preparation of the teas, the tea quality, her use of brewing vessels, and her knowledge of each tea’s origin and story. There were 17 entrants at this year’s competition.
Second place went to Danny Koreman and Björn Cocu placed third. The Tea Championship is organised by Dutch Cold Concepts and was sponsored this year by BWT Water & More, Solis, and Brita Professional.
Dapper is a tea sommelier and owner of a bed & breakfast business called La Vie en Rose where she uses tea in her cuisine and serves fine teas to her guests.