Bruce Richardson

MSN calls Bruce Richardson "A leading tea expert involved in tea's American renaissance for over two decades."

Bruce is the co-owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press, Contributing Editor for TeaTime magazine, Editorial Board Member for Fresh Cup magazine, and Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

This native Kentuckian is a writer, photographer, tea blender and frequent guest speaker at tea events around the world. He can often be found appearing on television and radio talk shows, or as a guest speaker at seminars such as World Tea Expo.

Bruce was named Tea Master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in 2011 where he is defining tea's historical role in this iconic event that helped shape America's destiny. In 2017, he was named Creative Director for HPLY Teas in Shanghai, China's first tea brand inspired by fashion designs.

Bruce joined London's Jane Pettigrew in producing the last three editions of The New Tea Companion, the tea world's most-used tea reference book. In 2014, Bruce and Jane completed their expanded edition of A Social History of Tea: Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture and Civility.

Bruce edited and expanded Okakura Kakuzo's classic Book of Tea for Benjamin Press. That edition can be found in art museum gift shops nationwide.

Bruce Richardson's speaking engagements include:
China Global Tea Fair, Shenzhen
SIAL International Food Show, Shanghai
Yamaguchi Prefecture University, Japan
Dallas Museum of Art
Winterthur Museum, Delaware
Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
Teas of the United States Competition, Hawaii
World Tea Expo
Northwest Tea Festival
Midwest Tea Festival
New York Tea & Coffee Fest
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
TeaTime magazine's An Occasion for Tea
Jane Austen Society of North America
University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts

Bruce has been a contributing source for news outlets including Slate Magazine, Washington Post, Inc, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, MTV, CNN, and BBC.

Bruce Richardson presents a copy of his 2011 edition of The Book of Tea to fellow Okakura Kakuzo scholar Haga Toru, director of the Shizuoka Prefecture Museum of Art and professor emeritus at University of Tokyo.