PERRYVILLE - A noted tea writer, tea blender and frequent guest speaker at tea conferences across the nation, Bruce Richardson recently added a new distinction to his list of tea expertise.
In September, the owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas here participated in a two-week trade mission to India, one of the world's leading tea exporters. He went to examine and advise the country's tea industry as it evolves to meet the changing demands of the global marketplace.
Hosted by the Tea Board of India, the 11-member Specialty Tea Institute delegation comprised of tea buyers, educators and journalists from the United States toured tea gardens in Darjeeling and Assam, visited the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre, and met with leading tea industry and government officials in Calcutta, the government headquarters of the Tea Board.
"The American tea market has changed dramatically over the past 10 years," Richardson said. "India, like all tea-growing countries, is eager to learn more about our tea preferences."