James Norwood Pratt was born and brought up in North Carolina on property that has belonged to his family since before the American Revolution and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and abroad.
JNP–“Norwood” – has served the cause of tea around the world for more than 40 years. Since the first edition of his classic Tea Lover’s Treasury appeared in 1982, he has been a presence on the international tea scene, becoming Honorary Director of America’s first traditional Chinese tea house, International Juror of India’s first-ever tea competition, “Best Tea Educator” for four successive years, and a John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the 2015 World Tea Expo. He is the author of James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary, the worldwide tea trade’s seminal reference work, and is America’s acknowledged “Tea Sage.”
Mr. Pratt is quite possibly the world’s most widely read authority on tea and tea lore, thanks to books translated into multiple languages and numerous columns, articles and print and TV interviews in the United States and overseas media. His Tea Dictionary was named Best New Publication by the World Tea Expo in 2010.
He lives with his wife Valerie Turner Pratt in San Francisco.