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Will Battle

Fine Tea Merchants
Will Battle joined the tea industry in 1997. He trained in London, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Malawi, and spent 10 years working in buying and blending roles for Tetley. In 2007 he joined Sara Lee in Switzerland as Global Tea Buyer responsible for supply to factories in USA, Netherlands, and Hungary. Will returned to the UK in 2016 to establish Fine Tea Merchants Ltd, a tea import, trading, and wholesale house supplying tea businesses in the UK and Continental, Europe. 
His book The World Tea Encyclopaedia was published in 2017 and won the Best in the World Award at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, the second edition was published in 2020.
He has lectured on tea at The Ashmolean Museum, the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, and commented for The Daily Telegraph and the BBC. Will holds an Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.