Author Archives: Xavier
We all know about Robert Fortune and the British East India Company (for a really small summary, you can look there) in the spreading of tea from China to India (I will not go on the topic about the different Camellia sinensis varieties and their …
Sometimes I tend to ask myself some strange questions (strange for most people, not for me). One of them goes around the question of price (see there and there). I am most intrigued by how prices are made. Sure every price depends on how much …
Problems are not the problem
I am sure this title puzzles you and furthermore, I can also say that there is a problem going on in the tea world or I could say that there is a big one. You can relax since the first rule of dumb if you …
As long as it is good
I often hear or read that tea people are a bit snobbish, asking for loose leaf teas, for specific blends, for specific water quality or temperature. But what do people mean by that? And is it true? According to the dictionary, snob is : 1. …
In space, no one can hear you scream
I was reading a sci-fi book (not linked to the title of this post as it would be too obvious and by know I think you know me) set in a very far-away future where mankind is no more and what remains are a full …
I want it all
After a small hiatus, I am back and I must confess something: I am a consumer and a modern one, which means I want everything, that I want it all and I want it now. No don’t bother to send me over to any video …
Every luxury must be paid for
I have what I would call a professional bias: when I read about prices from old times, I think about how much it would be today. You might not know it but for different reasons, prices are changing over time meaning that you can buy …
(Go West) We will do just fine
I don’t know if you see a pattern between the title of this post quoting the Pet Shop Boys, my previous post where I did a little (and probably not that good) Haiku with a reference to map and tea and what you will find …
Where am I heading?
Looking at the map A leave keeps falling It all ends with tea.
Were you born on the sun?
I could have gone with The Times They Are a-Changin’ from Bob Dylan but quoting a Nobel Prize is a bit too much out of my league, so I had to get back to a good old classic, Good Morning Vietnam. I read just a …