My old tea friend who’s visiting southern Yunnan just sent me a short video of a local woman roasting kaocha over an open fire: https://babelcarp.org/babelcarp/babelcarp.cgi?phrase=Kao3+Cha2&define=1
But she’s using a Japanese kyusu!
The name Menghai means “fierce sea (or lake)” in Chinese, but the town is far from any big body of water: https://babelcarp.org/babelcarp/babelcarp.cgi?phrase=Menghai+&define=1
The name isn’t Chinese, anyway.
More importantly, Menghai is arguably the center of the puer universe.
I was planning to enter the Overloaded Gaiwan contest, but then a friend visiting Menghai sent me this photo.
This is a well-written summary of what’s known about tea’s genealogy, with emphasis on what genomics says about when and where tea was first domesticated. Spoiler alert: it happened more than once.
Note: like the article I referenced yesterday, it isn’t a normal _Nature_ article.
Today I learned there’s a Lipton #Tea made for Egypt.
I know “dust tea” is a term of art, but can’t get over how harsh it sounds.
Little Egypt, Fresh Pond Rd, Queens
Especially if this isn’t enough information for you
you probably will benefit from hearing the latest Talking Tea podcast episode where Ken Cohen talks with the owners of Zhen Tea about heicha: https://overcast.fm/+DpIjRR-X8
Never a dull news cycle in China these days.
According to this story, the govt has disappeared an entrepreneur who came close to winning his case against arbitrary local officials: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/09/world/asia/china-scandal-xi-jinping-private-business.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
He’d been championed in the media by…Mr. Buy-My-Kenyan-Tea!
India is trading lots of #tea directly for oil to evade Trump’s Iran sanctions. And not low-value CTC either: https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/despite-us-sanctions-indian-tea-cos-bullish-about-boosting-trade-with-iran-119030800700_1.html
I wonder how Iran’s own tea industry is doing.
In a Chinese supermarket in Flushing, Queens, you can spend $20 for 80g of tea, and it’s Assam black tea from Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan: https://babelcarp.org/babelcarp/babelcarp.cgi?phrase=Riyuetan&define=1
Accepting bitterness is the leap of faith in the religion of tea.
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