Bob & Mary Lou Heiss

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Award winning authors Bob & Mary Lou Heiss have been in the vanguard of tea retailing and tea education in America during the span of their 40 +year career.

The New York Times called Bob & Mary Lou the “ Professors of Tea ” validating their efforts to encourage tea drinkers to step away from the teabag and embrace the extraordinary flavors of fresh, pure, seasonal, whole leaf tea. Believing that seeing and learning from the experts (and never wanting to take the easy way out) is the best path to true knowledge, the Heisses travel frequently to China, Japan, and Taiwan to purchase teas directly from the remote tea farms and tea factories where traditional, hand-made teas are still made and to learn from the skilled workers who craft these teas.

The Heisses are the authors of The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Finest Teas and the IACP and James Beard nominated book: The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide. The Paris-based Gourmand Awards also bestowed a 1st place USA win on The Story of Tea.

As the co-founders of Tea Trekker, a brick-and-mortar tea store, the Heisses have strengthened their position as leading independent tea retailers by establishing a strong international presence via their website www.teatrekker.com. This global reach has elevated the Heisses visibility and has given them the ability to continue the tea conversation via words and pictures with tea enthusiasts worldwide.

When not traveling to source tea or selling these teas to their enthusiastic clientele, Bob & Mary Lou also schedule tea classes and tea presentations with organizations such as:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Boston University Seminars in Food, Wine and the Arts
  • Historic Deerfield
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals ( IACP )
  • James Beard Foundation
  • National Association for the Specialty Food Trade ( NASFT) Fancy Food Show
  • Smith College
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Asian Arts and Culture Dept.
  • Williams-Sonoma
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