The Agony of Tea Book


Tea is a unique experience and favorited drink for health benefits or pasttime. The history of tea is complicated between Britain and China, but has been around since 2737 B.C. There weren’t any exciting tea books other than the many compiled textbooks. I wanted to bring a new experience to tea by combining the experience of drinking tea and the conflicted history.


UX/Visual Designer, Content writing, photographer, tea research. 6 hour process of handmaking tea paper, 2 hours of hand bookbinding process, researched stacks of tea history books and websites to write the content, bought several different teas to better understand tea, and did a 5 hour Chinese tea ceremony with a previous tea shop owner for the experience.


3 months

Award won

Bronze award in Book/Editorial at the 2012 TENN AIGA show in Knoxville, TN.




The Agony of Tea is a 55 page book with the controversial facts and myths. Most photos were taken from internet sources, the book “Book of Tea”, and 10 photos are of my own. Cover is a screenprinted cotton bag Inside pgs are handmade tea paper 7in x 11in Printed on 70lb Domtar Cream 1 pg is tissue paper 3 pgs are fold out

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