Photo by John Livzey



A lively exploration of the world’s most consumed beverage in all its historical and cultural aspects.


Beatrice Hohenegger is an author and guest curator of “Steeped in History: The Art of Tea,” a museum exhibition on the history and culture of tea, open from August 16 to November 29, 2009 at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

She has been researching the history of tea for the last ten years, exploring museum collections in the United States, scouring libraries and historical societies, interviewing academics and specialists in the field, and collecting items and information for her book and for the museum exhibition. Her work has also taken her to London, Paris, Amsterdam, and most importantly, Assam, India, the largest tea-growing region in the world.

Previously, Beatrice lived in Paris, France where she worked as creative development coordinator for Tricom, a tri-national European film production company. In the publishing world, she worked as freelance writer/​photographer and also as translator and editor for clients such as Getty Publications, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, and Wiley & Sons.

Beatrice was born and raised in Rome, Italy. There she attended the Deutsche Schule Rom (German School of Rome) and later the Università La Sapienza, where she obtained a Laurea degree (corresponding to an MA) from the department of history and philosophy. She also studied history of religions at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes of the Sorbonne University in Paris. Fluent in English, French, Italian, and German, Beatrice lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Newspaper advertisement for Empire Tea, England, 1930s

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