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Bruce Richardson, American tea masterMSN calls Bruce Richardson "A leading tea expert involved in tea's American renaissance for over 20 years."

Tea blender and historian Bruce Richardson has spent much of his life exploring and chronicling the peculiar tea habits of the British Empire. If the pinky on your right hand begins to extend at the mere mention of the tea habits of George III, the tea things of Jane Austen, or the tea rooms of London, then you are part of his worldwide audience.

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.

He serves as a contributing editor for TeaTime magazine, alongside Jane Pettigrew (London) and Norwood Pratt (San Francisco). Read his enlightening articles about the world of tea - past and present - at The Tea Maestro Blog.

Bruce has authored or co-authored 14 books on tea over the past two decades. One of his favorite projects was completed in 2011 when he edited and expanded Okakura Kakuzo's classic 1906 edition of The Book of Tea for Benjamin Press.

An admitted Anglophile, 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 Jane Pettigrew in producing the latest two editions of the popular reference book The New Tea Companion for The National Trust of England. In 2013, the two writers chronicled tea's influence on four centuries of English and America culture in A Social History of Tea.

Bruce Richardson has served as consultant for several Fortune 500 companies as they investigated tea's emeging role in their product design. He is frequently quoted in the internation press, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Victoria magazine, Smithsonian magazine, National Geographic Traveler, MTV, BBC, and CNN.

Bruce Richardson's speaking engagements have included events for the following organizations:

  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
  • Vizcaya Museum, Miami
  • J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville KY
  • Jane Austen Society of North America
  • 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
  • An Occasion for Tea at the Empress Hotel, Victoria BC
  • The Washington-Duke Inn, Durham NC
  • Edenton NC Speakers Series
  • Specialty Tea Institute/SCAA
  • World Tea Expo
  • The Book and the Cook, Philadelphia

Bruce's lecture topics include:The Tea Things of Jane Austen, Five Teas that Launched a Revolution, The Second Boston Tea Pary: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Okakura Kakuzo, Georgia O'Keeffe and the Book of Tea, American's Tea Renaissance, The Tea-infused Works of Emily Bronte, Tasting Teas Like a Pro, and Carson's Guide to Tea & Etiquette at Downton Abbey, and more.

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

A sampling of his comments in national publications:

The Wall Street Journal interview

Bruce Richardson talks with National Geographic Traveler

Bruce Richardson talks with CNN

MTV Discovers Manly Teas with Bruce Richardson

Frequently asked questions for Bruce Richardson

Video Archives on The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum website


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