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    The Meaning of Tea: The Book

    Having really enjoyed The Meaning of Tea documentary I was very excited to read the companion book. It is a lengthy read at 321 pages plus three appendices. Just like with any other movie, the book has a lot more detail that didn’t make the cut. The interviews are lengthier and more in depth. I learned new things with each chapter and new perspective. It really is amazing how tea serves as a connective tissue across borders, languages and cultures. This book beautifully illustrates that point. The sepia toned photographs and tea related quotes sprinkled throughout the book add to the stories being told. For any lover of tea this book is a…

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    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…