Our Books

We wrote these books - have you read them?

This is what a few colleagues and editors have had to say about us and our books:

"Mary Lou and Robert J Heiss.......The Professors of Tea"  - New York Times

"A game changing book about tea. There are few books about tea that add to the discussion about tea in any meaningful way, but Mary Lou and Robert Heiss's new book, 'The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook' is one of them. -- Austin Hodge, Seven Cups Tea

“A  map to have in your grasp as you head down the dozens of intricate, interconnected paths that define the landscape of the world’s best teas.” -- Fresh Cup magazine, December 2010

“Excellent, concise advice about tea.The Heisses write with impressive accuracy, having researched and lived the subject extensively. All tea styles are given equal attention and value, which is rarely the case in tea literature, and laid out with clarity and precision.” 
-- Kevin Gascoyne, The Art of Eating

"Rich detail on how to buy, brew, and enjoy the six classes of tea." —Tea A Magazine

"The Tea Enthusiast Handbook...... a mini encyclopedia dedicated to all things Camellia sinensis."-- Imbibe Magazine,

Our books are now are available on Kindle. No Kindle? Amazon has a free e-reading app for smart phones, tablets and computers -

now you can read The Story of Tea or The Tea Enthusiasts Handbook as physical books or as electronic books.The choice is yours and we think that this is exciting!

If you have an actual paper copy of one of our books and you would like to receive an autographed and personalized book plate for your book, please contact us and tell us the details. We will be happy to mail one to you right away.

Our books are stocked by many independent bookstores across the US and from major online book sellers.

Be sure to ask your local bookstore to order a copy for you if they are out-of-stock.

Autographed copies of our books are available for sale in our store Tea Trekker in Northampton, MA

Thank you for all your support and interest in premium tea!

Mary Lou & Bob


Click on the images of the book jackets below to read about each book and to purchase any of these books from online book vendors such as:

Random House Inc   Indie Bound   Amazon.com   Barnes and Noble   Powell's Books  

If you enjoyed any of our books, please join in the conversation and consider giving them a review on Amazon!

The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook The Story of Tea Green Tea by Mary Lou Heiss Hot Drinks
The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook:
A Guide to Enjoying
the World's Best Teas
The Story of Tea:
A Cultural History & Drinking Guide

Green Tea:
50 Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers,
and Sweet & Savory Treats
Hot Drinks:
Cider, Coffee, Tea,
Hot Chocolate, Spiced Punch, Spirits