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This classic guide is the most widely-used reference book for tea professionals worldwide, authored by Jane Pettigrew, from the United Kingdom and Bruce Richardson from the United States.
And our copies have been autographed by Bruce Richardson!
This Third Edition (2015) has been expanded and updated with the latest information about tea globally. And, it was named Best New Publication by Tea World Expo.
The New Tea Companion: A Guide to Teas Throughout the World is such an incredibly comprehensive guide to all the major tea-producing countries of the world and the teas they produce — from favorites such as Darjeeling, Assam, Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey, to the more acquired tastes of Japanese green teas, and the exquisitely beautiful rare Chinese white teas.
This expanded edition includes several new tea producing countries, including Korea and Vietnam.
Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson, (see their stories below), who are recognized globally as the world's foremost tea experts, describe how tea is produced, processed, traded and blended. They give expert guidance on how precisely to brew the different types of tea.
The Tea Directory included in the book features features around 140 teas!
It is organized alphabetically by country, and then subdivided into region and tea type.
The New Tea Companion: A Guide to Teas Throughout the World is packed with beautiful color photography. Each tea is illustrated by close-up photography of the dry leaf, wet leaf and infusion, with an accompanying description of characteristics and brewing tips to enjoy the variety at its best.
There also are lovely photographs of tea gardens, teawares and tea scenes, as well as posters, caddy designs and other tea accoutrements.
The New Tea Companion is THE essential guide to how life-enhancing tea is enjoyed across the world today.
THE BACK STORY: MEET JANE AND BRUCE
Tea specialist and historian, writer and consultant, Jane is Director of Studies of the new UK Tea Academy.
Since 1983, she has been working in the UK and around the world to explain and share the fascinating world of tea.
In the UK's New Year Honours List January 2016, Jane was awarded the British Empire Medal for Services to Tea Production and Tea History.
She has written 15 books on the many and varied aspects of tea, its production, history and culture, and she writes for tea related magazines and journals.
Jane also gives regular tea masterclasses and tea tastings, speaks on radio and TV and acts as consultant to tea companies, new tea businesses, table ware and tea ware companies.
In 2015 at the World Tea Awards at the World Tea Expo, Jane won the award for Best Tea Health Advocate and Best Tea Personality. And in 2014, she received the award for Best Tea Educator.
Bruce is recognized globally for his deep tea expertise for the being a leader of tea's American renaissance for more thant 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.
Bruce has been a contributing source for articles found in Slate Magazine, MTV, CNN, The Smithsonian, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and BBC. Several Fortune 500 companies have sought his counsel as they investigated tea's future in the world marketplace.
And in addition to being co-owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press, Bruce also serves as: contributing editor for TeaTime magazine, contributing editor for Tea Journey magazine and editorial board member for Fresh Cup magazine.
In 2011, Bruce was named Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, where he is helping define tea's historical role in the iconic 1773 event that helped shape America's destiny.
He also has authored 14 books on tea.