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The Tea House Times Blog serves as a tea industry news feed and blog posting area for The Tea House Times, our advertisers, and special guests.  Guests have been invited to blog as often as they feel comfortable. This may be occasional, monthly, or more frequent.
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Search posts by Gail Gastelu:

GAIL GASTELU is Publisher of
The Tea House Times
, Producer of continuing education and online tea etiquette certification. She also produces and presents Tea Course Fast Track in person. Gail provides numerous other products and services to connect businesses and consumers to everything tea. Gail lives in NJ with her husband and two children. Her motto is "Just Do It!" Gail is RINGLEADER of this fantastic group of Guest Bloggers! Enjoy stories of our careers, tea experiences, and overall joy for tea.

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Search posts by Sarah, Duchess of York:

SARAH FERGUSON, DUCHESS OF YORK, is a businesswoman and bestselling author of over 40 books for adults and children. She produced the film ‘The Young Victoria’ alongside Martin Scorcese, has been a popular guest and presenter on shows such as The Today Show, and for ten years was the U.S. spokesperson for Weight Watchers International. She is a passionate promoter of wellness, healthy weight loss and weight management. She is a tireless advocate for children and children’s causes, founding Children in Crisis in 1993, a charity dedicated to providing forgotten children around the world with an education. ~ Find full bio linked through her blog here:  See also:

Search posts by   Cindi's Blog:

CINDI BIGELOW is the 3rd generation President and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea, the US market leader of specialty teas that produces over 1.6 billion tea bags annually.  She holds a BS degree from Boston College, an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and an Honorary Doctorate from University of New Haven.  Socially- and community-minded, she frequently makes appearances speaking to students and industry leaders, sharing insights on business ethics and career development, and has received numerous awards for her years of community service. Favorite pastimes include being with her children, skiing, tennis, yoga and drinking lots of tea.

Search posts by Dharlene's Blog:

DHARLENE MARIE FAHL is a Certified Tea Specialist, World Tea Traveler, Author, Poetess, Tea Goddess, Blogger, Mother of Two College Kids, and Lover of Life. Dharlene says, “Tea brings me great joy and I share that joy with as many people as I possibly can. I see tea as the bridge to other countries and cultures. While people are sipping the tea I make them -- I take them across that bridge.” - Learn more about Dharlene’s work at

Search posts byKim's Blog:

KIM HENDRICKSON, author of the Tastefully Small cookbook series, has been teaching for nearly twenty years. A regular instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School, she is a frequent speaker at culinary events throughout the U.S.  She has catered for The Travel Channel’s Bizarre Food Show, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Penguin Repertory Theater. And TV’s “Slangman”, David Burke. Kim's book, "Finger Sandwiches", is the only one of its kind, dedicated exclusively to a celebration of unique and flavorful tea sandwiches, and her "Savory Bites" and "Dessert Canapes" books help round out the Tastefully Small series to make any gathering both fun and delicious. See
Search posts by Laura's Blog:

LAURA CHILDS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality show. Laura is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys traveling, and has two Shar-Peis. 

Search posts by Linda's Blog:

LINDA VILLANO co-founded in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things Tea, she oversees all aspects of the business; including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing and product development (recipe creations). Having grown up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs, she considers her role as a purveyor of premium teas & tisanes a natural continuation of her family’s culinary tradition.   Linda is a published illustrator and writer. Her illustrations appear in Tomislav Podreka’s book, SerendipiTea: a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea, and she writes articles about tea for trade publications.

Search posts byPeter's Blog:
PETER GOGGI is president of the Tea Association of the USA. Peter joined the Tea Association of the USA following a 32 year career with Unilever.  Peter was the first American born tea taster in the history of Lipton/Unilever and the President of Royal Estates Tea Co., division of Lipton, and served 30 of his 32 years with Unilever directly associated with the Lipton Tea business.  He retired as Commodities Procurement Director – Americas.  Since joining the Tea Association, he has taught the Specialty Tea Institute’s Levels One and Two Foundation Courses as well as accompanying STI members on trips to origin.
Search posts bySusan's Blog:
SARAH SCARBOROUGH is founder of Firepot Nomadic Teas and the author of blog. In 2001, she made the first batch of Firepot Chai and fell into the world of tea. Since then, she has traveled throughout the world's tea origins, relishing the cultures and agricultures that make them unique.
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SUSAN PATTERSON who on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey, is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime.  She has also published a book of memoirs, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her latest book, Unnoticed Moments, is a collection of contemporary poetry.  Ms. Patterson posts a weekly poetry blog, The Causerie, and is a weekly guest on an international podcast from England. Her work is humorous, thoughtfully intelligent and compelling. Please visit, to schedule appearances and to purchase books.
Search posts by  Ruby's Blog:
RUBY REDHAT is the official mascot of the Red Hat Society.  In the year 2000, a little lady named Ruby appeared, out of nowhere, on the computer screen of EQM Sue Ellen's daughter, Andrea (aka Princess Daughter). Princess Daughter was working on the first Red Hat Society website and when Ruby got wind of it, she just volunteered her services as a representative (mascot?) for the entire membership. Ruby had recently finished compiling her Top Ten (plus one) Rules for Living and she had a feeling that both she and her rules would be able to help the Red Hat Society clarify its members and its purpose to the world. We are all thrilled to have her represent the little girl inside all of us, who is ready and willing to come out and play again in every woman who invites her to do so.
Search posts bySri Lanka Feature Blog:
The Tea House Times reports on Sri Lanka leading into the 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea celebrations throughout 2017. Watch this blog. Find current and archived entries linked in the left column.
Search posts about MATCHA
MATCHA!  It's in the news constantly but do you know how it is made, where it comes from, how it is enjoyed traditionally, or how to enjoy it in a more modern way? Follow along as experts in the field share education about matcha, recipes and so much more! Share the direct link with others:
Search posts about COFFEE & TEA INSIGHTS
COFFEE & TEA INSIGHTS!  An inside look into the tea industry as it intersects with coffee. This feature highlights stories of people already finding success with tea and coffee side-by-side and will additionally feature case studies as they are completed and readied for sharing. Follow along for insights, case studies, success stories, and more.  Share the direct link with others:




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