Tea blender, author and educator Bruce Richardson has been at the forefront of America’s tea renaissance for over two decades.
With a background in classical music, Bruce often infuses his artist’s spirit into his lectures presented at festivals, museums and colleges across the world – including Monticello, The North American Jane Austen Society Convention and Yamaguchi Prefectural University in Japan.
Bruce is considered a leading tea historian as well. In 2011, he was named Tea Master for the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum where he oversees the role tea played in America’s most iconic tea event. His creative tea blending skills have brought him to the attention of such museums as Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Both organizations commissioned him to design signature tea blends based on artwork found in their collections.
Bruce has authored 14 books and he serves as contributing editor for TeaTime, Tea Journey and Fresh Cup magazines. Tea professionals around the world turn to his New Tea Companion, co-authored with Jane Pettigrew, for the latest information on the world's most-consumed beverage. In 2012, he served as editor for the Benjamin Press expanded edition of Okakura Kakuzo’s classic Book of Tea. His latest book, also written with Jane Pettigrew, is A Social History of Tea, which details tea’s influence on British and American commerce and culture over the past four centuries.
Bruce and Shelley are owners of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press, based in Danville, Kentucky since 1990.