If you’re reading this blog from the United States, and you like tea – then you should consider yourself rather lucky. Richard Guzauskas, the chairman of the Specialty Tea Institute correctly points out a major disparity in the availability of specialty teas between nations that do not produce tea and those that do. He says:
It was interesting to note however, that my Chinese and Sri Lankan friends, both accomplished professionals and tea tasters, both experts on the teas from their own regions, were not familiar with the teas of each others nations.
We really do live in a melting (tea) pot. In Calcutta, one of the major export hubs for Indian tea (and the city where I grew up), it’s quite difficult to find a good Indian tea in a local shop, let alone Chinese or Japanese or Korean) because most of the good stuff is exported.
No real point here – just that we’re pretty lucky to be in a place where good tea is relatively easy to find (if you know where to look). On the flip side, mediocre tea is also rather ubiquitous in America – just browse the shelf of your local supermarket.
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