Author Archives: James Norwood Pratt

Global Tea Initiative Excites Professionals

DAVIS, Calif. “I have never before seen so much tea talent assembled in one room,” said one of the Global Tea Initiative Colloquium participants to UC Davis Prof. Katharine Burnett, organizer of the Global Tea Initiative at the university world famous for its department of viticulture and enology. With the Second Annual Colloquium, Burnett...

Tea Initiative Launches to Appreciative Crowd

UC DAVIS The University of California Davis, world-renowned for its Department of Viticulture and Enology, has launched a parallel endeavor in the world of tea, the Global Tea Culture and Science Initiative. Assistant dean of the UC Davis College of Letters & Science Charlene A. Mattison says the aim “is to bring the University’s...

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Part 8: Branching Streams

Part 8:  BRANCHING STREAMS Tazo, Adagio, Rishi, MEM, Honest Tea, World Tea Expo By James Norwood Pratt As the cult of tea gathered steam, the market for tea continued to grow in all directions. Like the Second Coming, “the Starbucks of Tea” had been predicted for years by 1999, when Starbucks made its tea...

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Part 7: Health and Happiness

Part 7:  HEALTH & HAPPINESS By James Norwood Pratt The Tea News of the 1990’s was not that the Old Order changeth, it was that Tea is Good for Health, common knowledge in China since the time of Christ but now blessed, as if by Him, in the name of Science. Clinical research began...

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Part 6: Personal Journeys

Part 6:  PERSONAL JOURNEYS Imperial Tea Court, Silk Road Teas, Q-Trade, ABC Taiwan Teahouse, Brian Keating’s Sage Group Reports, APTI. Serendipitea, Barnes & Watson, East Indies By James Norwood Pratt My own tea education throughout the early 90’s was principally influenced by Devan Shah, Roy Fong and one or two others with a vocation...

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Part 5: The Pace Quickens

Part 5: THE PACE QUICKENS Republic of Tea, Oregon Chai, Chez Panisse, Tea Magazine, Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, T Salon, Dushanbe, Teacup, Chado, Ching-Ching Cha, Teaism By James Norwood Pratt And in 1992 the Republic of Tea was brought into being by young Zentrepreneur Will Rosenzweig, with coaching and investment from his fellow tea...

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Part 4: New Blood & New Business

Part 4:  NEW BLOOD & NEW BUSINESS Harney & Sons, Snapple, Upton Tea Imports, International Tea Importers By James Norwood Pratt John Harney, then new owner of a minuscule company he re-named Harney & Sons Fine Teas, claims that America’s Tea Renaissance began with the publication of  The Tea Lover’s Treasury and a letter...

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Essay on Modern American Tea History

James Norwood Pratt’s Modern American Tea History is a multi-part chronicle of the American Tea Renaissance. Foreword By George Jage In the modern American tea story, there have been many protagonists, visionaries, and champions, but through it all there has only been one true American tea laureate and that is James Norwood Pratt.  When...

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James Norwood Pratt’s Essay on Modern America Tea History

How the Swans Came to the Lake An Eyewitness Account of America’s Tea Renaissance By James Norwood Pratt Prologue The United States is rapidly becoming a tea-consuming society, something we were not before now, just as the US has only become a wine-consuming society since the 1960’s. The adoption of tea as a routine...