Modern Marvels: Tea

12Dec06

Well, tea is hardly modern, but this should be interesting. Tune into The History Channel tomorrow – Wednesday, December 13 at 10pm Eastern to watch an episode of Modern Marvels dedicated to the drink we all love.

More information about the episode here.

New! Full video posted here.

From The History Channel:

“After water, tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It has been around as a drink for 5000 years, and 6 billion pounds of tea are harvested annually. We begin with a trip to the Lipton’s plant in Suffolk, VA., where state of the art machines crank out 24 million teabags a day, and then its off to the only tea plantation in the US, the 127 acre Charleston Plantation in South Carolina. We’ll follow the flow of tea from England to the Colonies, where a tea tax precipitated the Boston Tea Party, and chronicle the brief but glorious age of the Clipper Ships, speed craft that brought tea from China to London in less than 100 days. Big news in the 20th century for the tea trade includes the emergence of herbal, powdered, iced and decaf teas. Tour the Celestial Seasonings plant in Boulder Colorado, and then visit a boutique tea garden where expensive teas sell for upwards of $30 a pot. Is it true that the best Darjeelings can bring in hundreds of dollars an ounce?”

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7 Responses to “Modern Marvels: Tea”

  1. Great one!

  2. Darn, I missed it. I need to ask for a Tivo from Santa. Tsk!

  3. Healthwizard: Thanks – I enjoyed it too!

    Hey Phyll: BTW, the segment featured James Norwood Pratt quite extensively – your fellow T Ching columnist! The show itself was a good intro to tea for the uninitiated. Showed how tea bags were made at Lipton and Celestial Seasonings. A bit of history, a smattering of tea tasting techniques, a bit of everything basically. They tried to cover too much in a 40 minute timeframe I thought. I wish they’d produce a multi-part series that focuses on different aspects of tea. Oh well, perhaps that’ll happen when there’s a dedicated cable channel for tea. Phyll, since you’re in LA, perhaps you can petition the media companies to start one..haha!! Hope all is well.

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