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About 400 people turned out Saturday for Berkeley’s first Coffee and Tea Festival at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Dozens of coffee, tea, and dessert vendors were on hand to caffeinate the crowd and tempt people with all sorts of treats. In addition, there was a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, an explanation of Fair Trade coffee, and other exhibits.

This video gives a sense — but not a taste — of the extravaganza. It was made by Richard Hom, a board member of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and Tammy Ruiz, who works there.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...