Frank Lloyd Wright was given a copy of The Book of Tea by the Japanese ambassador to the United States. One quote from Okakura Kakuzo's book influenced the way he interpreted space within his buildings.
Mind Your Manners and Sharpen Your Dining Etiquette Skills
Etiquette consultant Sara Jane Ho and tea author Bruce Richardson encourage their audiences to Mind Your Manners and develop skills that will help them feel comfortable at afternoon tea events in London and beyond.
The Tea Things of Jane Austen
Perhaps you have been watching the new Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion and you wondered about the type of tea her characters drank. Tea historian Bruce Richardson describes the tea habits of Jane Austen and her characters in Regency England.
Does the Taste of Tea Change as It Cools in the Cup?
The taste of tea varies as it cools in the cup. Bruce Richardson evaluates the optimum temperatures for enjoying your next cup of tea.
What Tea Would 007 Drink?
What if Sean Connery as James Bond had been a teetotaler rather than a expert? What tea would he drink to leave us shaken, not stirred?
The 6 BEST TEAS of 2020
As 2020 drew to a close, I looked back on the exceptional teas that came my way throughout the year - even as gardens experienced temporary lockdowns and shipments from Asia encountered delays. While I was unable to visit gardens in person, I continue to search for teas that represent the classic taste profile from…
COVID-19 Locked Down the Tea Gardens in Assam. Then The Floods Came.
The 800 tea gardens of Assam have experienced one of their most challenging growing seasons in history this year. At the outbreak of the COVID-19, the government ordered the shutdown of all tea plucking, fertilizing, and pest management activities for three weeks. Plucking tea in Assam, India. Photo by Bruce Richardson That closure slowed the…
What Is a Dish of Tea?
It was a common occurrence in the Colonial era to receive an invitation to “share a dish of tea.” In 18th century Boston or Bath, a dish of tea referred to a teacup or tea bowl, containing black or green tea, placed on a saucer.
Which Countries Ship the Most Tea to the United States?
Where does America get most of its tea? Statistics just released from the Tea Association of the United States indicate that the major tea producing countries continue their usual rankings in tonnage exported to the U.S.A through the first four months of this year. Tea grown in the shadow of Mt Fuji, Japan. Photo by…
Tea for Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was an early “foodie” and his great passion for food and drink included Chinese teas, both black and green. According to the archives of Monticello, Jefferson’s financial records and correspondence show consistent purchases of tea and provide valuable information about the kinds and amounts of tea he and his family drank. The few…