Who We Are
The Australian Tea Cultural Society(AUSTCS) is an organisation that runs events to support the development of tea culture in Australia.
To promote a distinctive Australian tea culture at a local and international level.
To identify the cultural foundation of tea consumption in Australia and bring together the tea community to foster its development until it is recognised and accepted in Australia and abroad.
We recognise that the tea industry cannot exist without the tea community.
We understand that tea culture is a combination of society, industry and education and seek to address these elements in our mission.
We endeavour to achieve our vision for the whole tea community, without favour.
Australia is possibly the world’s most multicultural country and, many would say, the most multiculturally successful community. Australian styles and cultures have been adopted, appropriated and tweaked in other realms, such as food, wine, beer and coffee, which have come from a wide variety of countries and the cultural backgrounds of the people who now call Australia home. Where does tea fit in?
The Australian tea community comprises not just of tea businesses but enthusiasts, growers and producers, members of the hospitality industry, representatives from the education sector and those from the traditional and alternative health professions.
We consider our people, anyone and everyone who believes in a vibrant future for leaf tea consumption in Australia.
Meet the TEAm
David Lyons brings his passion for tea culture and lifelong learning to the Australian Tea Cultural Seminar community. He provides education and consulting services via his business,18ThirtyFour, and serves as a de facto Australian tea ambassador as a member of the China International Tea Institute – Hangzhou.
kristy co-owns loose-leaf tea business The London Drum which she founded in 2015 with her mum, Debbie. She is passionate about the art of afternoon tea and the togetherness it brings. Kristy also works in education, teaching formal qualifications in hospitality at reputable TAFEs and universities and looks forward to seeing tea take a larger share of the spotlight in the hospitality industry.
Harumi is a certified Japanese tea instructor and the founder of online store Okei-san Japanese Tea Plus. She has served for Nihoncha Instructor Association and Japan Tea Export Council.
James Lyons adds wisdom from the corporate marketing environment to the tea cultural journey. With his background in digital media and marketing, James provides a modern approach to tea.
Bhamini Lenehan is the founder of Green Leaf Teahouse, a small family business located on the Gold Coast of Queensland that offers a premium selection of artisan and traditional loose-leaf teas from boutique tea plantations around the world.