• Books and Magazines

    The Meaning of Tea’s Making of Tea

    I’m a big fan of Scott Chamberlin Hoyt’s film The Meaning of Tea and it’s accompanying book. Making of Tea has been on my wishlist for a while so I couldn’t resist picking up a copy when I saw The Meaning of Tea booth at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. It is a silent film that follows the process of making Oriental Beauty oolong from leaves in the field to the final tea cup. They show every step of the journey including picking, withering, rolling and baking. The fact that there was no narration allowed the tea to really be the star of the film. At only 11 minutes long, it’s short but…


  • Reviews

    Music of Tea

    Music of Tea is a cd of the soundtrack for the documentary The Meaning of Tea. It features 16 tracks of original world music and two bonus songs. They are all very soothing and relaxing, especially with a cup of tea in hand. Each one transports the listener to another place because the instruments used reflect many of the countries and cultures highlighted in the film. I really couldn’t single out one track as my favorite. While I’m no music critic, this is definitely a cd to drink tea to and I highly recommend it.

  • Reviews

    The Meaning of Tea: The Movie

    This post is the start of a series on The Meaning of Tea. One of my favorite things about tea is how each culture celebrates it in a different way. Love of the leaf ties us all together and that is what this film is all about. Through interviews with tea people from all over the world director Scott Chamblerin Hoyt  journeys to India, Japan, Taiwan, Morocco, England, France, Ireland, and Tea, South Dakota. The people featured are from many different walks of life. It is easy to see the passion they all have for life and tea. I always enjoy watching interviews with James Norwood Pratt. I could listen to him pontificate…