Tea blender and author Bruce Richardson

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

See the trailer for the new documentary 9 DRAGONS TEA, featuring Bruce Richardson .


Bruce Richardson has been one of the leading voices in America's tea renaissance for over 25 years. The native Kentuckian is a tea blender, writer, and tea historian. He is a frequent guest speaker at tea and cultural events across the globe and a contributing source for tea articles found in Slate Magazine, MTV, CNN, The Smithsonian, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the BBC.  He has served as Contrbuting Editor and Columnist for TeaTime magazine for over a decade.

Bruce has mentored or advised over 400 aspiring tea professionals, including Fortune 500 companies as they investigated tea's future in the world marketplace. In 2017, he was named Master Tea Designer for Shanghai's HPLY fashion brand.

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. 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. Bruce and Jane's latest work is an expanded edition of  A Social History of Tea: Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture and Civility.

In 2011, Bruce edited and expanded Okakura Kakuzo's classic Book of Tea for Benjamin Press. He has lectured on the subject of Japanese Tea & Art at Centre College, the University of Kentucky, and Yamaguchi Prefecture University in Japan.

Bruce is much in demand as a speaker at events across North America and Asia. His most popular lectures are: Five Teas That Launched a Revolution, The Tea Things of Janes Austen, and Japanese Tea and The Beautiful Foolishness of Things. See his upcoming appearances.

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
  • China Global Tea Fair, Shenzhen
  • University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts
  • Yamaguchi Prefecture University, Japan
  • Western Kentucky University Library Authors' Lectures
  • Watch Bruce on Burt Wolf Travels & Traditions Tea for Two (PBS) .

  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home (PBS)
  • WHAS-TV Louisville
  • WFPL-TV Louisville
  • WHYY-FM Philadelphia
  • WUKY-FM Lexington
  • WLEX-TV Lexington
  • Follow Bruce Richardson at The Tea Maesto Blog

    For more information about booking Bruce Richardson as a speaker at your event, contact tea@elmwoodinn.com.