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Tea Things of Jane Austen: Throughout her novels, Jane Austen was fond of using the term “tea things” as she set the scene in a fine Sussex parlor or the formal Assembly Rooms of Bath. TeaTime contributing editor Bruce Richardson delights his global audiences by sharing what those tea things were and how manners played a significant role in Georgian society. Tea was an essential ritual in Austen’s stories because a character’s reputation could be determined by how they held a teaspoon or whether they added milk to their cup. Bruce will discuss the origin of Austen’s teas and myriad etiquette tips for enjoying tea at the dawn of the 18th century.
Keep Those Pinkies Down: Tea historian Bruce Richardson guides his audience merrily along through the intricacies of teatime etiquette as he looks at rituals and customs involved in tea ceremonies around the world. His goal is to help guests feel confident when sitting for afternoon tea at Claridge’s in London or kneeling for a tea ceremony in Kyoto. The co-author of Tea & Etiquette and Tea & Etiquette for Children has entertained audiences across the globe while sharing his Swiss Army Knife of etiquette skills that have served him well over 40 years of international travel.
Tea Made Simple: Are you confused by the unending variety of teas available in today’s marketplace? Do you understand where tea grows and how soil affects tea taste? Can you explain how green tea differs from black tea? Are you confident in your steeping skills for various teas? TeaTime contributing editor Bruce Richardson has helped educate countless tea drinkers in the basic skills needed to make a proper cup of tea—time after time. Bruce will introduce you to the major growing areas of the world, the processing steps for each tea family, and the best ways to prepare and taste tea like a professional.