Thursday, October 6, 2011

People of Tea

Whenever I attend a tea event my favorite part is connecting with the people of tea.
Oh yes, I do like the tea too, but I love seeing tea friends too.

Starting in the top left corner and moving clockwise:

Faith Baldwin of Chado Tea
Faith was inspired almost 10 years ago to start Take Me to Tea in Las Vegas,
which later became the World Tea Expo.
Pearl Dexter of Tea a Magazine and Ako Yoshino
Pearl is the editor of Tea a Magazine and was attending the tea festival to support
the booth focusing on Japanese teas.
Ako was part of the Japanese tea group and gave a wonderful demonstration
on the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Evonne of Tao of Tea
Evonne was there for the Tao of Tea tea tasting and booth.
She can be seen serving tea most days at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens in Portland.
Lisa Richardson of Lisa Knows Tea
Lisa has written two very nice books on tea, one of which is sold on my website.
Becky of Tea Pleasure
Becky gave a lovely presentation on Zen Tea, which comes from the region of China where her family lives.
James Norwood Pratt and myself of Marmalady's
Norwood is the consummate tea author and I would highly recommend his Tea Lover's Treasury book for learning more about the world of tea.
I started Marmalady's about 9 years ago and is primarily an online tea shop.
Amy Lawrence and her mom of An Afternoon to Remember 
Amy had a very successful tearoom in the Sacramento, California area for many years
and now is a tea speaker, has an online shop, and attends many events selling her tea products.

When I first started getting involved in the world of tea, I was so surprised that there were
special, notable people of tea.  I have learned from many of them and now treasure their friendships.