Jacqueline and I had the pleasure to meet and spend some time with the world’s foremost authority on all things tea, James Norwood Pratt, and his lovely wife, Valerie Turner, in San Francisco. We were invited in for tea, for conversation, and camaraderie. It was really one of the best afternoons I’ve had in ages, and we have the video to prove it. His specialty, as I said, is tea, but served with a side order of history, spirituality, sensualism, and a lot more.
I should note that I put a few clips of this video into some silly video show that doesn’t exist, but what I have below is the full interview, and worth so much more.
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Mister Pratt (some people call him “Norwood,” but I’m not sure I’m on that familiar a term) has published two very important volumes on tea. The first is fairly hardcore, It’s James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary (amazon affiliate link) and you’ll note that it’s quite a hefty volume in many ways. The thing is, if you’re getting serious about tea, this is the book on the subject.
If you’re just getting your feet (or leaves) wet, I can strongly recommend the New Tea Lover’s Treasury, which has some wonderful stories and anecdotes on tea, and though it’s a great gift, it’s also a fun way to learn a bit about what matters beyond the leaves in the cup.
Meeting people like James Norwood Pratt is one of the true treasures in life. The hospitality Jacq and I received from him and Valerie was wonderful. We’re grateful for our time, for our cup of tea, and for learning more about wonderful people.
Check out his books, if you’d like to learn more.
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