Dear beloved blog readers,

It doesn’t take much to begin one’s education in tea. Sometimes you might taste a tea that you’ve never had before and this sparks your journey. In other instances, you might meet a person who opens your eyes to the world of tea. For others, it may become a form of meditation, the act of tea transforming from a once mechanical process to a mindful daily ritual. Regardless of your path, I hope to support your practice through offering additional educational materials and guidance, from one student of tea to another.

Below are just the beginnings of resources that I hope to continue to offer and update. Some of these will be great “starting points” for beginners (or those looking to hone their “beginner’s mind”), while others will be more of a “deep dive” into the world of tea. When possible, I’ve provided links to enable greater ease of access to these materials.



Baisa-ō , and Norman Waddell. The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto. Counterpoint, 2008. (Link)

Benn, James A. Tea in China: Religious and Cultural History. University of Hawai’i Press, 2015. (Link)

Corbett, Rebecca. Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan. University of Hawai’i Press, 2018. (Link)

Farris, William Wayne. A Bowl for a Coin: A Commodity History of Japanese Tea. University of Hawai’i Press, 2019. (Link)

Graham, Patricia J. Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha. University of Hawai’i Press, 1999. (Link)

Hirota, Dennis. Wind in the Pines: Classic Writings of the Way of Tea as a Buddhist Path. Asian Humanities Press, 1995. (Link)

Mair, Victor H., and Erling Hoh. The True History of Tea. Thames & Hudson, 2009. (Link)

Sadler, A. L. Cha-No-Yu: the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Tuttle, 2001. (Link)

Sanmi, Sasaki. Chado the Way of Tea: A Japanese Tea Master’s Almanac. Tuttle Publishing, 2011. (Link)

Sen Sōshitsu. The Japanese Way of Tea: from Its Origins in China to Sen Rikyū. Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2000. (Link)

Shigenori, Chikamastsu. Stories from a Tearoom Window: Lore and Legnds of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Tuttle Publishing, 2011. (Link)

Yoo, Yang-Seok. The Book of Korean Tea: a Guide to the History, Culture and Philosophy of Korean Tea and the Tea Ceremony. The Myung Won Cultural Foundation, 2007. (Link)

Zhang, Jinghong. Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic. University of Washington Press, 2014. (Link)


Chinese History Podcast – “History of Tea” by Laszlo Montgomery (Link to Part 1 of 10)

Talking Tea: Conversations About Tea and Tea Culture by Ken Cohen (Link to homepage)

TeaLife Audio Podcast: A Podcast About Japanese Tea Ceremony (Link to homepage)


<<茶,一片树叶的故事>> (“Tea, The Story of a Leaf”). CCTV, 2013. (Link to Episode 1 of 6, in Chinese)

Gong Fu Tea|chA by So Han Fan, YouTube channel Tea House Ghost (Link to Episode 1 of a continuing series)

“All About Green, Yellow & White Tea” by Scott Norton (Link to video)




8 responses to “Education

  1. Maucout Gilles

    Hello Scott! bumped into your blog by chance! wonderful indeed! miss you here!



    • Gilles! As always, a pleasure to reconnect with you! I miss you as well and look forward to when we meet again! I’m in New York, not so far from Paris!

  2. wonderful Blog! have you done any write ups on the use of charcoal and stove for boiling water?

    • Thanks for the positive feedback! I haven’t yet written in this, though I am happy to. Given the seasonal approach to my writing, I will probably write about this in the Spring, as this is when I tend to use my small portable tea brazier for picnicking. Stay tuned ^___^

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  5. Yojana Sharma

    Hi Scott, it was a wonderful meeting you on Saturday at Summer Tea.

    You have a wonderful blog; very helpful for a newbie like me.

    • Thank you for your wonderful comment. Lovely to meet you as well! I am so happy that we could share tea in the real world, beyond the virtual! Enjoy the blog and I hope we can share tea again soon!

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