Thomas Shu is a third generation tea specialist, and has worked extensively in every aspect of the tea industry, handling the raw leaves starting from the plantation to the manufacturer, and then to the presentation to the end consumer.
He is the founder of JT&Tea, and one of the founding members of American Premium Tea Institute (now STI, Special Tea Institute). Through his extensive broadcast of Taiwan tea processing, culture, and lore, Thomas has been honored as the Ambassador of Taiwan Tea, by the Taiwan Tea Manufacturer's Association. He has coined several terms in the tea industry, and has set the standards of quality on a global scale. He designed the "Tea-One Tasting" methodology to help consumers appreciate and love the etiquette, traditions, and the romance of tea. Mr. Shu is also the originator of the TOST program (Taiwan Oolong Study Tour), which he and Josephine Pan lead, and teach, groups of tea professionals on what has be touted as one of the most successful tea origins, and tea education training programs. In addition, Thomas has collaborated, with Dr. Jerry Liu and the Taiwan Tea Institute (TTI), to develop educational programs, which define theories and principles of tea practices and consumer experiences, to aid tea professionals in understanding different aspects of production and consumption of tea, which include standardized cupping practices, and grading system for the Oolong Sommelier.