The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook
Does anyone have The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss? How does it compare with The Story of Tea by the same authors? I’m thinking of getting it, but don’t want to spend any money on a redundant book. Thanks!
I do! I love it. It’s definitely a more condensed, easy-to-read version. The book is divided into tea types and then separated into tasting notes, countries, and so on. It is redundant information for the most part, but I still feel like it’s a great resource, if only because it’s so much more streamlined.
I have both books, and I’m glad that I do! I think that as teatotaler said, “The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook” is a much more polished, easy-to-read, reference book than “The Story of Tea”. It’s easy to carry with you since the book is much smaller and it is much easier to quickly find what you are looking for. There is certainly quite a bit of overlap with “The Story of Tea”, but I still think they serve different purposes.
“The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook” is also a really good book to lend to friends who are starting to learn more about loose leaf tea, but want a quick and easy read to get started.
I have it and it is great. It pretty much sticks to discussing how teas are made, how to brew, how to taste and evaluate tea, storage, etc. Not a lot of excess info to wade through, and it is arranged in a way that makes it a snap to find what you are looking for.