Who We Are

The Australian Tea Cultural Society(AUSTCS) is an organisation that runs events to support the development of tea culture in Australia.

Our vision

To promote a distinctive Australian tea culture at a local and international level.


Our mission

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.


Our values

  • 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?

Our People

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

Our Directors

David Lyons

Founding Director

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 Moorcroft


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.

Adeline Teoh


Adeline Teoh is a professional tea writer whose interest spans culture and history to fandom and paraphernalia. She organises tea events through The Sydney Tea Meetup and is keen to promote tea appreciation through education.

James Lyons


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.

Our ambassadors

Kym Cooper

Kym Cooper is the owner of The Steepery Tea Co and plans tea events for The Brisbane Tea Meetup. She endeavors to contribute to the development of tea appreciation outside of the home by providing memorable tea experiences and education.

Kaishan Mellis

Kaishan Mellis is the founder of Libertea at Prahran Market, Melbourne, and runs the Melbourne Tea Meetup. Under her father’s influence she has been steeped in Chinese tea from childhood, growing up in a home decorated with lines of clay pots full of pu’er cakes and shelves full of Yixing teapots.

Bhamini Lenehan

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.

Adeline Teoh

Enthusiast Adeline Teoh is a professional tea writer whose interest spans culture and history to fandom and paraphernalia. She organises tea events through The Sydney Tea Meetup and is keen to promote tea appreciation through education.

AUSTCS Administration

Olivia Platek

An important role within the AUSTCS TEAm is that of Administration Secretary, keeping the other AUSTCS TEAm members in order and administering business of meetings. Olivia took up the duties of this role in 2018, bringing with her important skills and certainly fulfilling those duties with passion.
By day, Olivia works as an IT and Business Project Consultant. She spends a lot of her time helping teams work better together, facilitating communication, and understanding customers. She makes sure to take time out for herself, with either a good cup of tea or a glass of wine.

Contact us to find out more about sponsorship or contact us directly at info@austcs.org


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PO Box 5077, Braddon ACT 2612, Australia