An Indian paper reported today that more than two and a half tons of tea was incinerated in southern India last week. Now, before you get yourself up in arms about the destruction of perfectly good tea, the truth is, according to the article, that the tea was not so good after all. It was destroyed because it was substandard and was blamed for reducing the overall quality of tea offered at auction.
A tea expert admitted that torching a few tons of crap tea wasn't going to impact the market much, but said the object was to send a message to growers and sellers that the cheap stuff is a blight on India's reputation.
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