Dan Bolton

Specialty Beverage Thought Leader | Editor | Blogger | Speaker | Media Relations | Digital Storytelling | Communications


Dan Bolton is an accomplished Senior Executive and Thought Leader with more than 45 years of success across the publishing, specialty tea, and coffee beverage industries. Leveraging extensive experience with brand development and storytelling on how to sell at a premium price, he is a valuable advisor for an international tea organization looking to strategically expand into the US market. His broad areas of expertise include tea and coffee retail, business development, growth, marketing, and global strategy.

Throughout his executive career, Dan has held leadership positions with Stir (Coffee and Tea Magazine), WORLD TEA NEWS, and Mystic Media Consulting.

2013 -

Managing Editor - STiR (Coffee and Tea Magazine)

STiR (Coffee and Tea Magazine)

  • Solely responsible for assigning and writing content that elevated STiR as a commercial and industrial resource for global tea and coffee
  • Extensive travel to tea and coffee lands and consuming countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific
  • Direct contact with owners, chairs, c-level executives at hundreds of companies reflected in 2,500 articles and with a LinkedIn contact list of 11,500

2002 -

President - Mystic Media Consulting

Mystic Media Consulting

2010 -

Contributing Editor - WORLD TEA NEWS


  • Winner of the Howard Dubin Award as outstanding member of the Society of Professional Journalists (1998)
  • Advisor the staff of China’s first government-owned specialty coffee magazine
  • CEO, general manager, publisher, and senior executive (group publisher) at six companies from start-ups to multinationals
  • An early adopter of technology from the first days of PCs to the latest internet
  • A thought leader sharing commentary in editorials, blog posts, guest columns and formal presentations globally. My insights, via newsletters, print, and online magazines and blog posts are shared with 20K+ tea and coffee executives around the world

I’m Available To Advise On The Following Subjects


Global Strategy

Business Development


Advice on brand development, storytelling and how to sell at a premium price

Advice on how expand tea and coffee business globally

Advice on how to bring your tea or coffee product in the Western Markets

Advice on operating a tea or coffee company profitably