It tastes like …
How does tea taste? Why do two people drinking the same tea experiment two different things? And obviously which one of them is right? The answer is much more complex than we could think at first, which means that perhaps the two drinkers are wrong …
Every story has a beginning
From The First Tea War: a History The following extract is a transcription in modern English of the unpublished memories of Zhèng Hai Dong, a Chinese scholar that finished his apprenticeship at the beginning of the First Tea War. I opened the door silently not …
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. …
Where am I heading?
Looking at the map A leave keeps falling It all ends with tea.
Let’s throw the dice
I spoke a few posts ago about a game based on tea trade, Yunnan (https://teaconomics.teatra.de/2014/01/21/we-grow-old-because-we-stop-playing/). Wait, hold on for a second! This post is so old? Well, it happens. After going through its rules once more and looking all over the Internet (perhaps not …
Lean back and just enjoy the cup of tea!
The things you have to do for tea… Here I was in an unknown mountain, climbing on a rattan ladder, which with every step I took was turning back into a forest. “Why did I get myself into this strange dream?” was the first thought …
A short month
Why is it such a short month? Only a couple of tea cups, And March we must confront. Let’s turn this into ups.
Winter is coming, More tea will be brought. A ship is docking.
Still something to say
No rainy writing A month with sad news I’ll just pour a cup
They were looking for unicorns
This title comes from an essay by Umberto Eco, the famous Italian writer (among many, many, many other things). In it, he argued that when two different cultures meet, there are 5 solutions: conquest (either to make them like us or to destroy them), cultural …