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TeaTime magazine’s three contributing editors will be the featured presenters at Occasion for Tea. These notable tea authorities will delight attendees with anecdotes and tips and will share their expertise through tea tastings and lectures.


Jane Pettigrew

Jane Pettigrew

Jane Pettigrew is an international tea expert, who has written 14 books on the subject, including the new edition of A Social History of Tea, published by Benjamin Press. She has also penned 18 other books on food and food history. Her articles and essays on tea-related subjects have appeared in newspapers and magazines in the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world. She appears regularly on television and radio to discuss tea history and the various aspects of tea. A former tearoom owner, Jane is a much-sought-after consultant to luxury hotels, top tearooms, and tea organizations and companies, such as United Kingdom Tea Council, Tea Board of India, Twinings, Finlays, Brita, and Wedgwood. She is a member of the training team annually at World Tea. Although her travels take her around the globe, she resides in London.

James Norwood Pratt

James Norwood Pratt

James Norwood Pratt has served the cause of tea around the world for more than three decades. Since the first edition of his classic Tea Lover’s Treasury appeared in 1982, he has been a presence on the international tea scene, becoming Honorary Director of America’s first traditional Chinese teahouse, International Juror of India’s first-ever tea competition, and a force for excellence as an educator and authority on tea and tea lore. He is author of James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary, the worldwide tea trade’s seminal reference work. Widely acknowledged as America’s tea sage, Norwood is an in-demand speaker for tea festivals and conferences throughout the United States and abroad. His reviews of books about tea appear regularly in The Fine Print column of TeaTime. Norwood lives with his wife, Valerie Turner Pratt, in San Francisco.

Bruce Richardson

Bruce Richardson

MSN calls Bruce Richardson “a leading tea expert involved in tea’s American renaissance for over 20 years.” The native Kentuckian is a writer, tea blender, and frequent guest speaker at tea events around the world. In 2011, he was named Tea Master of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Bruce and his wife, Shelley, are the owners of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, a wholesale tea company with roots in the award-winning tearoom the couple operated for 14 years in Perryville, Kentucky. Bruce is the author of 14 books, including The Great Tea Rooms of America and The Great Tea Rooms of Britain. He has collaborated with Jane Pettigrew on four books, including their 2013 edition of A Social History of Tea. Bruce’s column The Perfect Cup can be found in each issue of TeaTime, and his photo essays of tea venues in cities across world are always an adventure to read.


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