Jérémy TAMEN has been a member of the Technical Jury of the AVPA-Paris “Teas of the World” International Contest since 2019. As a passionate, he has worked with the largest Parisian tea houses as well as confidential houses. Fragrances & tea expert, sensory analyst, he supports the various “store, producer, exporter” players in the tea sector and fragrant raw materials.
He has traveled across Taiwan and Vietnam ... in search of the finest products and the know-how of their producers. He also works with the largest plantation of Certified Organic Tea in Metropolitan France in the Cévennes. His experience and expertise are major keystones for the jury of our competition. He shared with us his feelings after three days of intense work for the AVPA-Paris 3rd “Teas of the World” International Contest.
My feelings after the Technical Jury
This is the last day of teas’ selection for the 3rd edition of the AVPA-Paris 2020 “Teas of the World” International Contest. For this edition, the AVPA - Agency for Valuation of Agricultural Products is appealed to a panel of tea specialists and sensorial experts, in order to select the best teas from all over the world.
During these 3 days, we tested more than 150 teas from China, France, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam to name but a few countries. These teas expressed themselves in various categories organized into green, oolong, white, black, purple, dark teas, etc. It was an intensive sensorial exercise and a challenge that we took up again this year with great rigor and in conviviality.
It is a real honor for me to be part of the technical jury for the second year in a row and to partake in this great adventure. AVPA “Teas of the World” contest is an opportunity for small and medium-sized producers to have access to the whole world, to highlight know-hows that is both empirical, cutting-edge, and modern. I particularly like this moment of the year because it is both a way to positively and pedagogically value the work of producers.
The AVPA Contest does not oppose producers or producing countries, but it encourages and rewards the work done. I am very happy to see so many people coming together. Producers’ participation is also a real honor for me because it is a real mark of confidence in the members of the jury, a proof of the quality and the relevance of our evaluation, there is nothing more rewarding for me than to have the confidence of all these producers.
Fragrances & Tea expert
Sensory Analyst-Perfume Evaluator