I drafted a post on how tea leaves should be respected more in Western teahouses. Then someone else wrote that post for me! Take a look…

Tea Blog

Things in the world of tea can be very turbulent, with bad weather, labor strikes, low prices at auction, factory fires, and a host of other ills befalling those who work hard to bring those tea leaves to market. But the ones who suffer most are the tea leaves themselves. Yes, I said the tea leaves. So what if they’re not sentient? It’s time for tea drinkers to S.E.T.T.LE.

What is S.E.T.T.LE? Glad you asked. It’s the Society for the Ethical Treatment of Tea Leaves. The society is dedicated to the following principles:

  • Assure that tea leaves are labeled with their proper pedigree. A quality, hand-crafted Baozhong does not appreciate being called a mere oolong or a “Chinese tea.” A fine orthodox Assam SFTGFOP (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) is humiliated by being labeled as “black tea.” And Japanese Gyokuro should never be…

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