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Bruce Richardson

  • Owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press
  • Contributing Editor for TeaTime magazine
  • Editorial Board for Fresh Cup magazine
  • Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Author of 14 books on tea


MSN calls Bruce Richardson "A leading tea expert involved in tea's American renaissance for over 20 years." The native Kentuckian is a writer, photographer, tea blender, and frequent guest speaker at tea events across the country. He can often be found appearing on television and radio talk shows, or as a guest speaker at professional seminars such as World Tea Expo.

In 2011, Bruce was named Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum where he is helping to define tea's historical role in the iconic event that helped shape America's destiny.

Bruce regularly visits Great Britain in his unending quest to discover new venues for the latest edition of his Great Tea Rooms of Britain. His other photo-guidebook, The Great Tea Rooms of America is in its fourth edition.  Bruce joined London's Jane Pettigrew in producing the latest two editions of The New Tea Companion for The National Trust of England. In 2011, Bruce edited and expanded Okakura Kakuzo's classic Book of Tea for Benjamin Press.

Bruce Richardson and Jane Pettigrew recently completed their expanded edition of A Social History of Tea: Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture and Civility.

Bruce Richardson has served as consultant for several Fortune 500 companies as they investigated tea's role in an expanding world economy. His speaking engagements have included events for the following organizations:

  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Vizcaya Museum, Miami
  • A Southern Season Cooking School, Chapel Hill NC
  • St. Regis Hotel, NYC
  • The Protocol School of Washington
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Old South Meeting House Lecture Series, Boston
  • Pensacola Opera
  • Food Network Expo, Washington DC
  • Ask Heloise Radio Show
  • J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville KY
  • Louisville Junior League
  • Harney & Sons Tea
  • TeaTime magazine's An Occasion for Tea at the Empress Hotel, Victoria BC
  • TEA Magazine
  • The Washington-Duke Inn, Durham NC
  • The Etiquette & Leadership Institute
  • Edenton NC Speakers Series
  • Jane Austen Society of North America
  • Specialty Tea Institute/SCAA
  • World Tea Expo
  • University of Cincinnati School of Appied Sciences
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Las Vegas
  • The Book and the Cook, Philadelphia
  • WHAS-TV Louisville
  • WFPL-TV Louisville
  • WHYY-FM Philadelphia
  • WUKY-FM Lexington
  • WLEX-TV Lexington

Bruce has been a contributing source for news and entertainment outlets such as Slate Magazine, MTV, CNN, The Smithsonian magazine, National Geographic Traveler, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BBC, and The Antiques Roadshow.


For more information about booking Bruce Richardson as a speaker at your event, contact lois@elmwoodinn.com

Download an introduction for your Bruce Richardson appearance event.

Bruce Richardson, author

Bruce Richardson, tea speaker

Bruce appears monthly on WHAS-TV in Louisville.

Bruce Richardson in Ireland

The Wall Street Journal interview

Bruce Richardson talks with National Geographic Traveler

Bruce Richardson talks with CNN

MTV Discovers Manly Teas with Bruce Richardson

See Bruce Richardson's photographs in Smithsonian Magazine






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