Karen Dunlap is a passionate advocate for America’s growing interest in premium tea and tea culture. Her seduction by the leaf started in the early 1990’s from tea tossed loose in a mesh strainer in her native Oregon. The relationship became serious in 1996 when she began working the tea counter at Teaism in Washington, DC and met tea importer David Lee Hoffman. By next spring, she was backpacking across China in search of tea. She has since co-founded Matcha Source, collaborated on-site with Ippodo Tea Company (Kyoto, Japan) and consulted on restaurant tea programs independently and for In Pursuit of Tea. She has been a featured guest on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio. She currently is launching The Tea Practice, a platform for her restaurant consulting and tea workshops.