Bruce Richardson visits the tea gardens of Japan

Bruce Richardson

Co-owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press
Contributing Editor for TeaTime magazine
Contributing Editor for Tea Journey magazine
Editorial Board Member for Fresh Cup magazine
Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Author of 14 books on tea


MSN calls Bruce Richardson "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. He 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 Bruce's counsel as they investigated tea's future in the world marketplace.

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.

Bruce regularly visits Great Britain in his unending quest to discover new tea shops 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 London's Jane Pettigrew in producing three editions of the popular reference guide to tea, The New Tea Companion for Benjamin Press and the National Trust of England. In 2011, Bruce edited and expanded Okakura Kakuzo's classic Book of Tea for Benjamin Press.

Bruce Richardson and Jane Pettigrew recently completed their latest work, an expanded edition of  A Social History of Tea: Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture and Civility.

Bruce is much in demand as a speaker at events across North America. His schedule of upcoming appearances may be found online.

His past audiences have included the following organizations:

  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Vizcaya Museum, Miami
  • Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
  • Teas of the United States Competion, Hawaii
  • World Tea Expo
  • Northwest Tea Festival
  • Midwest Tea Festival
  • NYC Coffee & Tea Festival
  • St. Regis Hotel, NYC
  • The Protocol School of Washington
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Old South Meeting House Lecture Series, Boston
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
  • Winterthur Museum
  • Jane Austen Society of North America
  • Specialty Tea Institute/SCAA
  • University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts
  • Yamaguchi Prefecture University, Japan
  • Western Kentucky University Library Authors' Lectures
  • Travels & Traditions with Burt Wolf (PBS)
  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home (PBS)
  • WHAS-TV Louisville
  • WFPL-TV Louisville
  • WHYY-FM Philadelphia
  • WUKY-FM Lexington
  • WLEX-TV Lexington
For more information about booking Bruce Richardson as a speaker at your event, contact Joanna Kirby at joanna@elmwoodinn.com.