Tea Journey Team

DSC_5515_cropped_320pxDan Bolton
Publisher/Editor
A veteran publishing executive and leading beverage retail consultant, Dan is a frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. He currently manages STiR Tea & Coffee, contributes to the weekly World Tea News, and edits the Tea Biz Blog. He is the former editor/publisher of Tea Magazine. See full bio
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Nan Cui
Associate Publisher
An experienced cultural consultant, Nan was the co-founder of Tea & Chan Commune, a private traditional tea and meditation club in Beijing. He was Deputy Director of Marketing for Americas and Europe of the China National Tourism Administration. See full bio

 

Si ChenSi Chen
Senior Editor
Si is a certified tea sommelier (Canada) and tea artist (China) and contributes to tea research, particularly related to the Chinese tea origin, offering consultation to Chinese tea businesses. Si is a philosophy graduate specializing in Philosophy of Mind. See full bio

 

Ellen Kanner
Content Strategy & Design
Ellen and her husband, Ray Marcotte, own and operate the Dobrá Tea emporium in Portland, Maine. She feels fortunate to couple her design, photography, web development and video experience with her love of tea in working with Tea Journey. She is a loose-leaf tea enthusiast and has traveled to Origin. See full bio

 

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Suzette Hammond
Education Director
With more than a decade of tea education experience, Suzette is now an independent Executive Consultant on tea programs and training. She works with both private companies and industry trade groups in America and Europe.
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Tony Gebely
Advisor
Tony is the Executive Director of the American Specialty Tea Alliance which is a non-profit business association aimed at growing the specialty tea industry in America. Tony is also the founder of Tea Epicure, a global producer-focused tea assessment platform. He has built a strong presence in the tea world and has consulted on many tea projects and helped spread tea culture with his tea tastings and writings. See full bio

 

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Austin Hodge
Advisor
Austin Hodge is the owner of Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas based in Tucson, Arizona. He is a Chinese government liaison with experience in e-commerce, retail/wholesale, and databases. As the first American to be published in the Chinese International Tea Culture Institute’s Journal, he served two terms as Honorary Director of the Chinese International Tea Culture Institute. See full bio

 

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Kevin Gascoyne
Partner
Co-founder of the Camellia Sinensis Tea Houses and Tea Schools of Montréal and Québec City. Each year Kevin travels to the tea gardens of Asia to select teas for their internationally renowned catalogue. As well as regular public tastings, Kevin is also involved in a wide range of workshops, conferences, seminars, research and consulting activities. See full bio

 

Author James Norwood Pratt and his wife Valerie with Patrick BoltonJames Norwood Pratt
Advisor
James Norwood Pratt is widely acknowledged as an instigator and prophet of America’s present tea renaissance. The Ultimate Tea Lover’s Treasury remains the most comprehensive compendium on tea in English.
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Frank Miller
Advisor
Frank is a pioneer in specialty tea retail who established the Teahouse Kuan Yin and the Blue Willow Tea Company in 1989. He worked as an importer, blender, package design, marketing retailing and wholesale, in fact every sector of the tea industry except planting manufacture.
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Jeff Fuchs
Contributor
Award-winning Himalayan explorer Fuchs has traced some of the most remote tea routes on the planet, tracing teas back to their original sources and original caretakers. He also acts as procurer and co-founder of JalamTeas which promotes hand-sourcing Puerhs in southern Yunnan.
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Nathalia Leter
Contributor
Tea sommelier, blogger and vocal performer, gathering in my background many sorts of body studies and experiences with arts and somatic techniques. Apart from tea courses and tasting sessions, I’ve been designing multi-sensory food and tea esthetic experiences in an attempt to develop our tea culture… Creating the suitable environment for a poetic introduction to the tea world, thus opening minds and palates for fine teas. We are working on multidisciplinary things here in Brazil, thinking about sustainability, improvement of small producers and food education. My website (www.saladecha.com) has some of the projects and events I’ve designed and promoted in partnership with great chefs, institutions, artists and thinkers. See full bio

 

EnglishJennifer English
Contributing Editor
Jennifer English has been a culinary broadcaster for over 20 years winning the prestigious James Beard Award and twice been honored with the Gracie Allen Award. See full bio

 

 

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Dan Robertson
Contributing Editor
Founder and owner of the International Tea Cuppers Club, The Tea House, World Tea Tours and Robertson tea. He serves a variety of roles as an importer, wholesaler, blender and purveyor of premium teas and accessories.
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Contributing Editor
A central figure of “Tea Cuisine” where she has been actively combining teas with food via pairings or within dishes for the last twelve years. Author of Culinary Tea and new book on Tea Cocktails.
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Andrew McNeill

Andrew McNeill
Advisor
Andrew began working in tea in 2005. At Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas, he serves a variety of roles including operations management, quality assurance, copywriting, and translation.
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Jaq James

Jaq James
Contributor
Jaq is an Australian and co-founder at The Artisan Tea House who became a Chinese tea enthusiast after moving to Mount Wuyi, Fujian, in 2016. She was kindly taken under the wings of several lecturers of Wuyi University’s School of Tea Science for private tutorage. She has since travelled to different tea-producing provinces across China to learn more about Chinese tea culture. In 2018 she published a novella, called The Found One, about Mount Wuyi’s tea culture. She hopes to introduce many fellow Australians to the benefits of drinking fine teas.
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Ian Chun

Ian Chun
Contributing Editor
Ian Chun is the founder of Yunomi. He believes that tea is a focal point of a lifestyle that enables Japanese to live longer than anyone else in the world.
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Jennifer Sauer

Jennifer Sauer
Videographer
Jennifer Sauer has worked as a freelance photographer since 1990 and more recently as a video producer. She is also the Author of book The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture and blog Bon Teavant on American tea culture.

 

 

François Marchand
François Marchand

François Marchand
Contributor
Québecois tea taster François Marchand has been in the tea business for almost 20 years. Specialist in some of the classic artisanal green teas of China, he spends every Spring in the central provinces selecting rare batches of green tea and the aged teas of Liu Bao.
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Jennifer Quail

Jennifer Quail
Section Editor – Teaware & Antiquities
A writer and editor with more than 15 years experience, her articles have appeared in Luxe Interiors + Design, ASPIRE, About.com, FORM, US Building Digest, and Tea Magazine. She is communications director position of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), New York Metro Chapter.
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Shiuwen Tai

Shiuwen Tai
Contributor
Shiuwen was born and raised in Taiwan and steeped in the culture of tea from a very young age. Being separated from Taiwan by her many travels, she was inspired to re-discover her own roots and as her love of tea grew she and Rob began exploring the entire world of Chinese tea together. See full bio

 

SniffStephen Carroll
Contributor
Stephen Carroll is founding director and tea consultant at Tea Total Australia. He has studied Chinese and Japanese tea culture and is certified in Korean tea processing and tea culture. Stephen writes, blogs, reviews and posts about tea and as director of Tea Total Stephen brings tea, tea arts and tea culture into one company. See full bio

 

Rita Fong

Rita Fong
Contributor
Rita Fong has been a certified Tea Sommelier since 2009.  She’s continued her tea studies through travels and tastings, readings and festivals. She’s also certified in Digital Media Strategy which she employs for various companies and festivals.  She loves writing and photography and meeting tea people everywhere.  She’s an organizer of the Toronto Tea Festival since its inception, and is on the board of the Tea Guild of Canada.  See full bio

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