"Our goals are to explore the globe in search of extraordinary teas, to honor and respect the people who work to produce those teas, and to offer exceptional teas to a world thirsting for peace and equality. We are committed to sharing the ideal that tea is a lifestyle; not a commodity."
- Bruce, Shelley and Ben Richardson — Founders, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
Before tea was a beverage, it was considered medicine in China. We continue to think of tea as an important component for a healthy lifestyle.
You will dream of Provence when you drink Elmwood Inn Fine Teas' Earl Grey Tea enhanced with French blue lavender. The aroma transforms this classic British tea into something extraordinary.
It is wonderful hot or cold, any time of the year. And this delicious Earl Grey Lavender Loose Tea comes in a tin for storage.
Cheers to your health and your spirit!
TOTAL COMMITMENT TO QUALITY SINCE DAY ONE
"Elmwood Inn Fine Teas has never used plastic or nylon fabric for our tea sachets.
We avoided the first nylon machines – which appeared in the US twenty years ago – and moved directly from paper tea bags to much more costly pyramid sachets using plant-based (non-GMO cornstarch) material in 2011.
Our tea sachets are made from plant-based, biodegradable fabric that can be toss into your garden or compost bin where they will eventually dissolve, naturally."
THE BACK STORY
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
The Elmwood Inn Fine Teas story began in 1990 when Shelley Richardson opened a tea room in the Civil War village of Perryville, Kentucky - just as the American tea renaissance was about to awaken.
For the next 15 years, Elmwood Inn developed an international reputation as one of America's favorite locations for a traditional afternoon tea. Bruce and Shelley Richardson chronicled their life in tea through three books and eventually launched a tea importing and wholesale packaging company - Elmwood Inn Fine Teas.
After serving thousands of guests, the tea room closed on July 31, 2004 in order for the family to focus on their expanding tea and publishing businesses.
And we think you should know a little more about Bruce, who MSN calls "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.
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.
Tea Maestro Richardson has served on the advisory board for the Specialty Tea Institute of America and Fresh Cup magazine. He has been active in America’s tea culture for 30 years and is a frequent lecturer at tea events around the world. He also has authored 14 books on tea.
When it comes to tea, we here at Pretty Things & Cool Stuff believe we — and YOU — are in very good hands with the good folks at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas!