Thomas Lipton revolutionized the tea industry in the 1880s by purchasing his own tea gardens and eliminating the middle man.
Businesswomen Julee Rosanoff and Sue Zuege started a small tea business in Seattle, which eventually led to the onset of the Northwest Tea Festival.
Read our 2006 interview with John Harney, patriarch of Harney & Sons Tea, who passed away in June 2014.
Caroline Cahan keeps the shelves of Southern Season well stocked with tea.
Today Stephen Twining serves as director of public relations for Twinings, the venerable British tea company that his seven times great grandfather founded in 1706.