Tea People

Innovation: Tea Untied

Beverage retailers from Acosta and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea feature wholly owned house tea brands. Chicago-based Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea is pioneering a more open way to showcase specialty tea. CHICAGO, Ill. Michael Schultz prizes selection over gross margins. “Choice is what matters,” he says, and when he opens...

Obituary: Ann-Marie (Brouder) Leeming

LEDBURY, Herefordshire Dr. Ann-Marie Brouder, a leader in the global sustainability movement, died this month. Ann-Marie was the principal sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future, a London nonprofit that identifies and supports initiatives in biofuels, agriculture, and food. Her research and the Tea 2030 initiative brought her into contact with many tea professionals...

From Tech to Tea

By Janis Hashe It might seem a long way from an optical communications network to a classically styled teashop in Mountain View, Calif., but for former JDS Uniphase production manager Stephen Chien and his wife and partner Ann, it’s a dream come true. The Chiens, originally from Taiwan, immigrated in 1980, initially to Minnesota, then to California’s Silicon Valley...

In Memoriam: Devan Shah (1962 – 2016)

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we recognize the unexpected death of specialty tea import pioneer Devan Shah, founder of International Tea Importers (ITI), Chado Tea Rooms and Waterfall Tea Company. He was 53 years old. Shah was born in Mumbai, India and grew up in Coimbatore (where he returned for a...

International Tea Sippers Society: More Than a Beverage

The International Tea Sippers Society has developed a clever new means of inviting tea drinkers to become specialty sippers. Nationally known book author Babette Donaldson is producing 15-minute audio recordings relating the personal stories of tea people “who demonstrate great diversity in the industry.” “Not just the best known and most beloved, but also...

Jane Pettigrew to Receive the British Empire Medal

The Queen of England is among the many admirers of Jane Pettigrew. An official notice in The London Gazette announced “THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) to Ms. Jane Pettigrew.” The official posting Dec. 30 by the Central Chancery of the Orders of...

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Names John Fuller CEO

Former Johnny Rockets CEO takes helm at coffee chain The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has named John Fuller, formerly CEO of Johnny Rockets, its next president and CEO, the coffeehouse operator said Thursday. Fuller had been CEO of Johnny Rockets for the past five years, where he led the company’s global growth and...

Specialty Tea Pioneer David Walker

Just over a year after we lost John Harney and months after we said goodbye to Steven Smith, the tea world must now bid farewell to another respected and well-regarded specialty tea pioneer, David Walker. Walker, 72, was known for his kindness, generosity and his tremendous knowledge of tea from garden to cup. Born...

Ellis Island Tea Teams with Detroit Student

World Tea Expo is thrilled to announce the addition of “Tea Up for Health” to this year’s dynamic tea showcase. This new event sector offers both an education track and an exclusive pavilion right on the show floor. Learn more… Since 2008, Nailah Ellis-Brown has been producing Ellis Island Tropical Tea, a hibiscus tea,...