Last Year's 2016 Presenters

Rajah Banerjee

Rajah Banerjee is the owner of the Makaibari Estate, a legendary Darjeeling tea garden in the Indian Himalayas.

Brett Boynton has been selling and serving fine tea in Seattle, Washington since 2001.

Andy Buckman

Andy Buckman is  the co-owner and main sourcer for Great Horse Teas. He has sourced tea in China for 10 years, five of which he lived full time in Xinjiang and Guangdong provinces.

Laurie Dawson

Laurie and Charles Dawson own and run Traditional Teas From The Domestic Goddess a tea retailing and education business in Everson, Washington.

Charles Dawson

Laurie and Charles Dawson own and run Traditional Teas From The Domestic Goddess a tea retailing and education business in Everson, Washington.

Noli Ergas

Noli Ergas never really "got into" tea; it just sort of grew on him. During a few years living in Japan, he became accustomed to the standard daily teas (e.g.

Ward and Barbara Everson enjoy cooking proper meals as well as experimenting with new ways to include tea in everyday foods where it may not be expected.

Andrew Goodman

Andrew Goodman, “The Happy Tea Man,” has been a tea lover and a tea learner for over forty years and is always pleased to share his his love of tea.   

Marcus Gramps

Marcus Gramps has been the proud owner of Teahouse Kuan Yin since June of 2006 and was one of the original founders of the Northwest Tea Festival.

Christopher Gronbeck

Christopher has been a devotee since he first discovered the world of fine tea many years ago.

Suzette Hammond

The peaceful Way of Tea often leads to great adventures in unexpected places!

Jake Knapp

I work as a self-employed professional commercial photographer in Whatcom County. I also love tea and traveling, so I like to combine all three whenever

Jeffrey McIntosh

Jeffrey is a tea industry specialist, an enthusiastic member of the local tea community and a man with a mission to bring high quality, loose leaf tea into as many homes as possible.

Nigel Melican

International tea consultant Nigel Melican has recently been awarded the D.N Borbora Chair for Tea Quality and Manufacturing at the Tea Research Association of India.

Dewey Meyer

Dewey Meyer is the lead instructor for the NW Wu-Wo Tea Association.

Josephine Pan

Josephine Pan is the CEO and Managing Director for JT & Tea, Co-founder of Taiwan Tea Institute and Taiwan Oolongs Study Tour (TOST).

Moira Scott Payne
Born:       Kerala S India
Lived:      Scotland and US
Studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
Elyse Petersen

Elyse Petersen is an advocate for transparency in the global tea industry and works with tea growers and makers to improve the quality of their tea.

Bernadette Petrotta

Ms. Bernadette Michelle Petrotta is an author and small business owner, married, and has a son.

James Norwood Pratt

James Norwood Pratt is an author and authority on wine, tea and tea lore.

Bruce Richardson

MSN calls Bruce Richardson "A leading tea expert involved in tea's American renaissance for over 20 years." The native Kentuckian is a writer, photographer, tea blender, and frequent guest speaker

Ken Rudee

Ken is the Founder and President of Rudee Enterprises, a multi-faceted firm that provides operational, financial, product development, strategic planning, sourcing, QC and educational services to b

Nicole Armstrong, Certified Tea Master, Yoga Teacher, and Holistic Health Coach, is a passionate health advocate in all areas of life.

Shiuwen Tai

Shiuwen Tai was born and raised in Taiwan, where she was steeped in tea culture from a very young age.

Andy Buckman and TeaJ have combined their appreciation of music and tea into a conceptual musical tea pairing known as “TeaJ-ing”.

Rona Tison

Sr. Vice President-Corporate Relations
ITO EN(North America) INC.

Raj Vable

We are Young Mountain Tea, a company with a thirst for rare organic teas from across India.

Jan Waldmann

Jan Waldmann began the study of Chado, the Way of Tea, in 1971, while living in Japan.

Lionel Wang

Wang Shuai, (Lionel), an international tea merchant at China’s largest tea company for seven years moved to Seattle in 2014 to pursue an MBA at the University of Washington.  Lionel was raised in r

Chris Wright

Chris is a passionately committed tea aficionado, and can often be found at Phoenix Tea serving delicious teas and doling out sage advice to customers.

Virginia Wright is known more commonly as “Cinnabar” in the tea community, and she is also sometimes identified as “

NW Wu-Wo Tea Association

The NW Wu-Wo Tea Association is based in Portland, Oregon and has been active since 2007.

Annelies Zijderveld

Annelies Zijderveld is the author of the cookbook, Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea, published by Andrews McMeel. For eight years, she worked as head of marketing at Mighty Leaf Tea.