Month: October 2013

The Way of Tea

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A friend presented me With tender leaves of Oolong tea,

For which I chose a kettle Of ivory-mounted gold,

A mixing-bowl of snow-white earth.

With its clear bright froth and fragrance,

It was like the nectar of Immortals.

The first bowl washed the cobwebs from my mind –

The whole world seemed to sparkle.

A second cleansed my spirit

Like purifying showers of rain,

A third and I was one of the Immortals –

What need now for austerities

To purge our human sorrows?

Worldly people, by going in for wine,

Sadly deceive themselves.

For now I know the Way of Tea is real.

– Chio Jen (Tang Dynasty)


Why does the coffee plant contain caffeine?

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We all know that coffee contains caffeine – but why?

It is, after all, poisonous to most common insects and slugs.

It turns out the caffeine is actually good for bees! Scientists believe that caffeine helps bees to remember specific plants so that they can keep returning to the same type of plant.


So, although people and bees are very different, caffeine has a similar effect on our neurological activities.

Tea Time!

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I’ve taken tea on Bahrain’s isle, Sri Lanka and Hong-Kong,

Where desert sands run mile on mile

And sunlight’s powerful strong;

Tea from the gallery in our plane

Gave ease when flights were long.

In tropic heat, in freezing rain

The tea-cup came along.

Tea in Japan, tea in Malay,

Tea in Aden’s heat.

At cricket on a summer’s day

A tea is hard to beat.

And I remember taking tea in the land of Lorna Doone

With Devon cream – just you and me

Whilst on our honeymoon.

– “Tea, Please” (Jasper Miles)

Tea to coffee

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Did you know that…
The heavy tax on tea imposed on the American colonies by the English in 1773, which caused the ‘Boston Tea Party’, resulted in America switching from tea to coffee?
Colonists objected to paying enormous taxes, imposed by the British parliament in which they had no representation.
Drinking coffee was, at the time, seen as an expression of freedom.