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Saturday, 03 September 2011


Jeff Hess

Shalom Shamash,

In his book, The Republic of Tea, Mel Ziegler predicted that the '90s would be the decade of tea, replacing the coffee-fueled '80s. That didn't happen.

My personal ratio is probably 2-to-1 in favor of coffee (coffee before noon, tea after noon).

Ian Flemming's James Bond (who drank only coffee) once blamed tea for the collapse of the British Empire.

I wonder how China's emergence as the economic power of the 21st century is going to play out in the tea houses.



Ms. K

Hi, Jeff.
I found my coffee source here in Hangzhou, which is a good thing. The only place that sells ground coffee beans is.... drum roll, please... Starbucks. It's a bummer. I know. But grocery stores carry only Necafe instant coffee.

I think China's emergence as a strong economic power will fuel the tea house culture. The newly wealthy Chinese have the money to be tourists, which brings them to Hangzhou and the tea houses here.

You might find this short documentary interesting. I like that Hangzhou University professors and writers are interviewed. Here's the link:


I found it fascinating!

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