Saturday, March 14, 2009

World of Tea 4

Welcome to the first installment of World of Tea, a weekly feature devoted to tea news and other tidbits from far-flung locations around the globe.

As the old saying suggests, once upon a time most of the world's tea was actually in China. Then an Englishman named Robert Fortune infiltrated the country and made off with China's closely-guarded secrets of tea cultivation and production. It's a tale that's been documented in a new book by Sarah Rose called For All the Tea in China. Look here and here for related articles from the British press.

Does the world really need tea coins? What are tea coins? Inquiring minds want to know. More here.

From Saveur Magazine, by way of In Pursuit of Tea, an interesting article on Darjeeling tea.

If you missed the Victoria Tea Festival, experience it vicariously, here.

Looking for hard to find teas from around the world? Give a try.

Stay tuned for more World of Tea, an occasional feature that gathers tea-related dispatches from around the globe.

For All the Tea in China: Espionage, Empire and the Sercret Formula of the World's Favourite Drink
A Pocket Guide to All the Tea in China
All the Tea in China

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