What is the International Tea Sippers Society?

Founder, Babette Donaldson, explains: 



Sept. 10, 2015    

Business Member Registration Begins


Oct. 3-4, 2015    

Special Registration Begins during the Northwest Tea Festival


Jan. 1, 2016          

Official Launch of ITSS  




Discover the World Of Tea

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If you’re new to tea, you’ll find that there’s more than you ever dreamed. If you’re already a dedicated tea afficianado then you know that you can discover something new every day!

Members enjoy full access to a growing library.

This includes:

  • several complete tea books
  • excerpts contributed by authors and publishers
  • articles by leading tea pros
  • activities and games
  • recipes, tips and tricks for entertaining
  • suggestions for fundraising

Shop with ITSS Member Businesses


Dozens of categories help you locate the tea resources you need.


Look for discounts and special offers.


Share your love of tea

From the field to your cup, there is an amazing story of how a tiny green leaf but it’s still a very small group of devotees. Many of us feel a bit lonely and wish we had a community to share our passion for all things tea.

A Calendar of Tea Events

From themed parties in local tearooms to weekend festivals in cities around the world; from tastings of the season’s new harvest to fundraisers where afternoon tea supports everything from arts programs to historic foundations.

ITSS Newsletters



Regular newsletters keep you up to date on new offers from Tea Business Members and Events in your locale. From small meet-up groups to fabulous tea festivals to international tea travel, you’ll have details at your fingertips with a monthly email update.

ITSS Library

From Beginning Sippers to Advanced Connoisseurs, deep into a lifetime study of the lovely leaf, there’s something for Everyone! 

Explore The Worldwide Culture of Tea

Tea is often referred to as the drink that changed the world. The worldwide tea culture actually dates back 5000 years. We look around the world and appreciate how much we share with a simple cup of tea. 

Tea Activities For Children . . . Of All Ages!

Arts & crafts, games, stories and party themes.We’re constantly adding new projects that can be used for family teatime activities or to entertain an entire party. 

Tea Tourism - Domestic and International

Traveling around the world to visit tea plantations and rich sources of history can be a fascinating and intimate experience. Join a group led by tea professionals and be invited to pick and process your own leaves. 

Tea Education: Explore The Basic Essentials

You might want to begin with buying, brewing and enjoying new types of tea. As you explore beyond the teabag, questions about how tea is grown and manufactured, differences in kinds of tea and the countries where it’s grown. 

Tea Education: Stay Current On The Health Science of Tea

Tea has become a “darling” of the health industry. Scientific research is now affirming ancient beliefs from medical beliefs that have been held for thousands of years. But is it really true

Tea Education: Advanced Explorations

ITSS is for all tea lovers; from those who only know about teabag brands in grocery stores to advanced sippers hoping to broaden their experience even more. Our team will be seeking out content for the most advanced palate and experienced tea historians. 

Tea Books: Complete Texts, Excerpts & Reviews

From historic tomes that have earned place on every tea lover’s shelf to newly penned articles by today’s tea professionals, we strive to fill the library with diverse content of high quality. 

Tea People: Meet Industry Pros

ITSS enjoys introducing members to tea professionals from around the world. Want to meet the writers and teachers devoting their work to tea education.  And what about the lineage of tea people who inspired them. 

Tea Entertaining: Parties, Tastings, Fundraising

Hundreds of ideas for dozens of tea party themes can be your go-to guide for your next event. Delight your family. Create memories for your friends. Design a tea party for your children’s class. 

General Membership Opens October 4th, 2015

Special Offers during Pre-Launch  

Through December 31,2015

More Member Info

A few more questions:

What does it cost to join?
  • Basic Sipper Membership is $25 USD per year. (Starting January, 2016)
  • Charter Sipper Membership is $25 USD for a lifetime membership. In appreciation for everyone who joins during our pre-launch (October 1 – December 31, 2015) their one-time payment will cover a lifetime membership.
  • Business Sipper Membership is $50 USD per year. This includes a full page description of their business with up to five category listings in our main directory. Business Sipper Members can also add tea events to the ITSS calendar and are eligible additional ways to promote their business to the entire membership.

See the Business Member Information Page

Is there a free trial period?

Yes! We want everyone to have time to browse our directory of Business Members and a variety of content in the library before deciding if you want to become a Tea Sipper. Free Trials also extend to Business Members.

Is there a guarantee of satisfaction?

Yes. If, after the trial period is over and within one month of activating your paid membership, you feel that you do not want to continue, you may cancel.

General Membership Opens October 4th

Special Offers during Pre-Launch  

Through December 31,2015

More Member Info


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