For general info on how the OTTIs run
, please see this topic: viewtopic.php?f=66&t=16242
The biggest change is if you are interested in participating in this OTTI round, I am asking that you email me on or after 6 pm Eastern USA time today, Wednesday 6/13/12 at firstname.lastname@example.org
... SUBJECT: OTTI 14.
If you email me from your paypal email, that will simplify things, but it is not necessary! "Dedicated to one vendor" OTTI rounds
will be a bit higher in cost, but I feel a great deal anyway. Where else are you going to try 5 (five)
premium shincha selections from Xell for a couple bucks each? For single vendor OTTI rounds, I have to purchase all the teas in advance (out of my own pocket … at a discount albeit. this is not funded by Adagio nor any other vendor nor entity at this time), so therefore costs are higher this time as I will have to pay for the tea, packaging, and shipping. Not complainin', just sayin'!
In single vendor dedicated rounds, teas are purchased (at a discount albeit) versus standard OTTI rounds that are up to 5 vendors who have to this point donated teas for the tasting. Of course, packaging and shipping costs are included in the costs below based on destination. Total Cost in USD (shipping is included):
Canada/North America $12.50
Europe/South America $13.75
Other please inquire (I guess that leaves penguins of Antartica and for any extraterrestrials out there wanting to participate)
If you want to 2X this OTTI round and receive 20 grams per tea, 100 grams total, please simply double the amount above and subract 1 USD. For instance, USA would be 23 - 1 = 22 USD. These costs are just that, costs. There is a cushion of less than 1 USD per participant after estimated expenses to cover any "surprises" in shipping, etc. This is really tight, but OTTI is NOT a for profit program. It is to benefit those of us who want to sample great teas ... and it benefits vendors by promoting their offerings.
Any surplus will roll over into the OTTI fund. Surplus at the end of the 2012 will go towards charity, possibly the TC Japan Relief Fund which has raised over $1300 for this effort. Email your interest to email@example.com including your:
TeaChat User Name
Mailing address formatted exactly as it would appear on a package or letter addressed to you.
If outside of USA, your phone number is recommended for customs forms!
Paypal email address