Jeff Fuchs is a Canadian explorer, mountaineer and writer. He calls himself a “tea junkie,” a man addicted to the second most popular drink on earth (water is the first). He first gained prominence with his successful bid to become the first westerner to trek the entire Yunnan–Tibet Ancient Tea Horse Road, stretching almost six thousand kilometers through the Himalayas and a dozen cultures, documented in the book The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Travels with the Last of the Himalayan Muleteers (2008). Jeff is a true tea aficionado — recently named one of the top ten “tea influencers” in the world — and his lifelong search for the perfect cup of tea takes him on a journey along the ancient Tea Horse Road in CBC’s 2018 documentary film, The Tea Explorer. The film follows Jeff as he travels from the tea forests of south-west China over the Himalayas and down through the magnificent Kali Gandaki Gorge into Kathmandu, where the old tea traders once carried their leaves to market on the backs of mules. The Tea Explorer is a grand adventure through a forgotten part of history, revealing a fascinating and hidden world of tea. For more than a decade, Jeff’s work has centered on indigenous mountain cultures, oral histories with an obsessive interest in tea. His photos and stories have appeared on three continents in award-winning publications Kyoto Journal, TRVL, and Outpost Magazine, as well as The Spanish Expedition Society, The Earth, Silkroad Foundation, The China Post Newspaper, The Toronto Star, The South China Morning Post and Traveler amongst others. Various pieces of his work are part of private collections in Europe, North America and Asia and he serves as the Asian Editor at Large for Canada’s award-winning Outpost magazine. To keep fueled up for life Fuchs co-founded JalamTeas which keeps him deep in the green while high in the hills.
The London Tea & Kombucha Festival is proud to feature a special “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) session with Jeff in Wolf Performance Hall, providing a unique opportunity to pick the brain of a true “tea explorer”!