A Little Tea Book: All the Essentials from Leaf to Cup by Sebastian Beckwith with Caroline Paul

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I have a compulsive need to read every new tea book that I can get my hands on. This is especially true when the author is someone who played such a big role in the beginning of my tea journey. Sebastian Beckwith is the co-founder of In Pursuit of Tea. When I first started this blog, his company had a storefront on Crosby Street in NYC. I stopped in as often as I could to sip tea and absorb knowledge. Listening to Sebastian’s stories about travels to Darjeeling and other origins really cemented my newfound passion for tea.

Before I even began reading, I was enamored by Wendy MacNaughton’s whimsical illustrations. The watercolor inspired designs give the book a look and feel that is all its own. After a brief introduction the book is divided into mini chapters that make it easy to flip to whichever section you might need in the moment. There’s everything from “A little on the tea plant” to “A little on labels”. The text is conversation and easy to follow. I appreciated that it was also well broken up with infographics, sidebars, and quotes.

The book does not dive deep into any one particular topic but it still sets the reader up with just enough information. Experienced tea drinkers will be familiar with most of the content but it is still makes for a fast and fun read. We all have friends who tell us that they wish they knew more about tea but they don’t know where to start. Gift them this book! The same size makes it perfectly portable. As much as I do love big books, they aren’t always the most practical for reading on my commute.

Have you read this book yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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