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First Wednesday Luncheon: Peter Goggi on the topic of Tea & Health

  • Echo Lake Country Club 515 Springfield Avenue Westfield, NJ, 07090 United States (map)

As part of the The Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Association of the USA, will be speaking on the topic of Tea & Health on November 7, 2018. The event will begin with check-in at 11:45 am at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

Back by popular demand, Mr. Goggi, in his lively and animated way, plans a new talk about different types of tea made from Camellia sinensis and the common, healthful properties that all “true” teas possess. Mr. Goggi, a professional tea taster, will also demonstrate his method of tea tasting.

Throughout history, tea has been believed to help “purify the body” and “preserve the mind.” Over the past several decades, thousands of published studies in leading medical journals have provided the proof to support tea’s ancient health claims. Today, research suggests tea flavonoids and related bioactive compounds in tea may play important roles in various areas of health and may operate through a number of different mechanisms still being explored.

All tea is derived from one plant, Camellia sinensis. Green Tea is produced by first heating the leaves by steaming or pan-firing to prevent oxidation from occurring, followed by rolling and drying whereas Black and Oolong Tea undergo full or partial oxidation, which makes the leaves and subsequent brew, darker in color.

As President of the Tea Association, Peter Goggi has implemented and updated its Strategic Plan; has continued to drive the Tea & Health message of the Tea Council; executed the growth agenda for the Specialty Tea Institute; and helped to guide the Tea Industry on its path of growth. Currently, the United States is now the 3rd largest importer in the world, and tea continues to grow across all forms: Traditional, Foodservice, Specialty and Ready to Drink.

Those wishing to attend the luncheon may make a reservation by email to; or, by calling 908-654-1794, before 11:00 am on Friday, November 2. Please advise if there are special dietary needs. The luncheon fee of $35 (WHS members) or $40 (non-members) includes a three-course meal, coffee/tea, and gratuity. The luncheon fee should be paid in advance (check payable to Westfield Historical Society) by mailing to Westfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 613, Westfield, NJ  07091; or, online at Payments should be received by Friday prior to the luncheon. Westfield Historical Society memberships will also be available at the luncheon.