Meet the founder
“It was a visit to a tea house in Prague, when I was 15 that first opened my eyes to the world of tea beyond the shores of the UK. After school I travelled to China and discovered an ancient tea culture, alive and well. I was fascinated by the quality of the tea production, the dedication to terroir and the approach to tea-drinking which strove to get the best out of the amazing tea leaves. The ceremonies, the traditions, and the knowledge and skill of the tea farmers I met were a revelation. I was hooked. I wanted to share all this with tea drinkers who hadn’t had my good fortune.”
After completing a degree in Chinese medicine and many more trips to Asia, Edward founded JING in 2004 to inspire the world to enjoy tea at its best. In the company’s early years Edward forged relationships with the most discerning and celebrated chefs and restaurants including Heston Blumenthal and Joel Robuchon. Today JING is the tea brand of choice for the world’s finest hotels, restaurants, airlines and retailers.
Edward is considered a pioneer in finding and sharing rare and precious teas previously hidden to the world, and transforming traditional approaches to tea making to suit a modern audience.