Available Now — Tea: A User’s Guide

The day has finally come, my book Tea: A User’s Guide is now available! The work is a result of my 10 years as a student of tea. As you may know, tea is one of those subjects where the more you learn, the less you realize you know. Because of this, I vowed not to write this tea book in a vacuum. Rather, core ideas were shared here on World of Tea along the way and you, the readers, helped me refine them. Finer points were scrutinized offline thru extensive peer review. Because of this, I can safely say that Tea: A User’s Guide is the most up-to-date and factual guide to specialty tea.

The book is about tea and only tea; there aren’t any mythical stories, lengthy descriptions of preparation methods or even recipes for cooking with tea. Throughout, I present a new framework for navigating the world of tea whether you are just embarking on your tea journey or whether you have been drinking tea your entire life. In it, you’ll discover:

  • How tea is grown and processed.
  • How so many tea products are derived from a single species of plant.
  • What chemical changes occur in tea leaves during processing.
  • How 130 famous teas from around the world are classified.
  • How to expertly prepare and evaluate tea.

The book is available in print, as an e-book, or as a downloadable PDF. Get your copy here today!


About the Author:

Tony has been studying tea for over ten years and has traveled to many tea producing regions throughout Asia. His book, "Tea: A User's Guide" is available now.


  1. Lou Berkley December 20, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Those familiar with Tony’s work have been waiting for this volume for a long time – and it’s been worth the wait! Folks new to tea will appreciate his clear writing, concise explanations, and multi-faceted approach to the subject. Also, the terrific visuals in the book add depth to the presentation; I especially appreciated the easy steeping charts and the tea leaf volume photos (one teacup of the dried tea = X grams).
    Knowledgeable, efficient writing, and great design, this outstanding resource is more than worthy of its space on your bookshelf, though it probably won’t spend much time up there – you’ll want to keep it close at hand!
    Lou Berkley
    San Francisco

  2. Da-Pull December 20, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    “Tea: A User’s Guide” from the web content of the site does seem appealing, but for an on-line version of $20.00 USD a preview would greatly assist in a decision to invest this sum of money.

    Would like to see a “random” and “searchable” preview for this book on this web site as no decision could be made without. However, based upon the information found on this web site, it may well be worth more, but very difficult to determine if an online .pdf document is authentic without a collection of mere fabrication thereof freely found elsewhere as a collection of otherwise public domain works….

    Would ascertain it is worth the $20.00 USD with regard to what is found upon this web site, but simply can not justify the amount of cost without some sort of preview to the book itself. Perhaps include a frame from elsewhere to a link for this book instead of letting the user merely “guess” further if the actual content is worthy of the cost? Only a suggestion….

  3. Mabol@Kunming November 6, 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Hi Tony,

    Is there any where I can see a few pages firstly, it’s hard to find good tea books in English. Thanks

    • Tony Gebely November 6, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Hi Mabol,
      Amazon allows a sample to be sent to mobile reading devices, but I do not provide a sample of the first few pages. Part 1, 2 and 3 are so very different that it’s hard to get an overview of the book by from a few pages.


  4. Lou Berkley November 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Tony!
    I’m looking forward to reading what I’m certain will be a great resource to tea devotees everywhere!
    Continued success,

  5. Mikhail Tuzikov November 5, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Thank you for the book! Reading it right now, the book is great but… Fahrenheit?


    Maybe you can update the charts to use both scales? Or make “Rest Of the World” version, some writers do this.

    Thank you!

    • Tony Gebely November 5, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Mikhail, undoubtedly the majority of my books will be sold in the United States so I thought it best to go with F. Will consider doing a “rest of the world” version when I release a second edition. Appreciate your feedback!

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