Zhou Yu was born in Chungking in 1945. He majored in foreign languages and economics. In 1981, he rebuilt his family home and created the “Zhi Teng Lu Cottage, Inn and Teahouse”, which he still cares for today. He has devoted himself to a life of tea, with emphasis on the way of Cha Dao. Tea to Zhou Yu is enlightening— a way of self-examination and exploration.



Master Ling Ping Xang has been such an important part of the tea world for so long that it’s difficult to describe his contribution concisely. He has studied tea art, culture and ware for more than thirty years and has graciously taught students for twenty. He also travels to China regularly to supervise the production of various kinds of tea, ranging from his amazing hand-processed rock teas to high-quality cakes of Puerh tea from Yiwu and other regions, though he himself doesn’t profit from these ventures.




Chen Zhi Tong is one of the leading experts on Puerh tea in the world today. He is a renowned speaker and the author of several prominent books and hundreds of published articles. His latest book The Profound World of Chi-Tse has become the academic and market standard for identifying state produced vintage Puerh. It would be difficult to find a Puerh shop in Asia without a Chen Zhi Tong book, magazine or poster somewhere amongst the tea. 


 Huang Chan Fang is a leading expert on all things tea. He has been in the tea business for decades. He started out as a master roaster and oolong tea expert. In later years, he devoted more of his time to Puerh tea. He is the author of numerous articles and books as well as one of the world’s most renowned blenders of Puerh tea. He lives in Yunnan, where he operates a Puerh shop selling his tea and beautiful art and calligraphy. 



James Norwood Pratt published his first book on tea in 1982. He is widely recognized as one of today’s leading authorities on tea and tealore. His most recent book is the New Tea Lover’s Treasury.



Aaron Fisher graduated with a Bachelors degree in anthropology and philosophy. He then spent the next decade traveling through more than forty countries, primarily in Asia—living for some time in India, Japan, and China before finally settling in Taiwan where he currently resides. Mr. Fisher has published two books on tea: The Way of Tea and Tea Wisdom. He's the founder of a school for English, music and art, and spends his free time there, working on his own paintings, or drinking tea. His paintings can be viewed at: www.sagacitea.com


Mary Lou Heiss has worked with specialty tea for 34 years. She is the co-author of: The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide and Hot Drinks: Cider, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Spiced Punch, Spirits and the solo author of: Green Tea: 50 Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers and Sweet and Savory Treats.


Nora Gubins is a member of the Tea Association of Canada, a private lecturer and writer on tea, its history, culture and equipage and offers tutored tastings on a variety of teas. Through her company, TeaQueen, she offers tea talks, tastings, product consultations and access to specialty tea markets.  Nora enjoys sharing tea tales and facts. She may be reached at info@teaqueen.ca


Jason Fasi founded the Puerh Tea Livejournal Community in 2004. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Linguistics, he traveled Asia for nine months on a journey to learn as much as he could about tea and teaware, and returned home humbled. He was the one of the first Americans to travel to Xishuangbanna to press private label Puerh, and has written two articles for The Art of Tea. He currently resides in Los Angeles, plans to attend business school, and is an amateur potter. He maintains a blog at http://puerh.blogspot.com.


Erick Smithe is a Canadian exile, martial artist and Dharma bum. He is currently a translator and chief editor for the English translation of Tea Tao by He Zai Bing. In addition, Mr. Erick Smithe and Mark Chapeskie are the founders of the Ottawa, Canada tea shop "Cloudwalker Teas".

Brother Anthony is a member of the Community of Taize' (France). Born in Britain in 1942, he has been living in Korea since 1980, teaching in the English Department of Sogang University (Seoul), where he is now an Emeritus Professor. He has been a Korean citizen since 1994; and Sonjae is his Korean name. He has published many English translations of Korean literature. He has been drinking Korean tea since 1993 and published  The Korean Way of Tea in 2007 and Three Korean Tea Classics in 2010, both at Seoul Selection. His home page can be found at:  http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/

Josh Chamberlain spent six years living in Taiwan where he received an MBA from National Cheng Kung University in 2005.  He owns and operates a small tea house and a tea wholesale business in Eugene, Oregon and is passionate about promoting tea culture. Josh travels to Taiwan twice a year to further his knowledge of tea. 

He can be reached at (541) 285-8997 or online at:


Jennifer Sauer is a professional photographer and writer whose account of her discovery of a blossoming American tea culture is documented in her book The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture

Her blog on tea and tea culture can be found at: