The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook is Published !

Today is the day….our book is officially released for sale in bookstore and on online book vendors. We are so appreciative of the care and tendering that our publisher, Ten Speed Press, lavishes on our books. They really ‘get’ the importance of tea and are fully behind our efforts to spread tea knowledge with readers and tea enthusiasts. Autographed copies are available directly from us, either from our website or in the store. Enjoy !


Look for Our New Tea Book in 2010

We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of our new tea book: The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Best Teas.  Our new book is a companion book to our tea ‘bible’ The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide, and it is also being published by Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.

The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook is small in size but mighty in content. It covers topics that we left untouched in our previous book ( such as steeping, storage and aging tea ) and each compliments the other quite nicely information-wise.

Look for The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook to arrive in bookstores towards the end of March. Many bookstores are stocking fewer titles than they did in the past – if you wish to support your local bookstore, please be sure to let them know that you are interested in purchasing a copy.  At a modest price of $16.95, we hope that our book will be on every bookstore’s  ‘must have’  list for spring.

We hope that all of our tea customers, fans and readers had a wonderful Christmas filled with delicious new tea and stunning teawares.  We have many unique and special teas to introduce in the New Year, and look forward to presenting them to you.

Best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year !

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008


We just received news that our book, The Story of Tea A Cultural History and Drinking Guide ( Ten Speed Press, 2007 ) has been nominated for the second tier judging in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008. We were notified that we were named the Best Tea Book in the USA 2008. This means that our book will go on to compete for the title of Best Tea Book in the World 2008.

The organization behind this prestigous competition is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and the competition is the largest cookbook awards in the world. It is international in scope, which means that our book will be competiting against other tea books ( in all languages ) from Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and European authors.

This is the information posted by Edouard Cointreau, President, on the Gourmand World Cookbook website: “This year 102 countries participated, with 101 countries for cookbooks and 43 for drinks books. We have received approximately 15% more books than last year. We are most impressed by the worldwide increase in quality. We have 88% cookbooks, and 12% drinks books.”

We are thrilled and honored to have our book so recognized, but will have to wait until May to find out if we have won the title of Best Tea Book in the World for 2008Ole !