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  • Unfortunately no. At least nothing beyond introducing Sri Lankan-grown tea as a more “patriotic” tea over China-grown tea.

  • The first few chapters of the book do focus on his unique (at the time) take on running grocery stores, buying bulk and paying farmers upfront for groceries so that he could offer the freshest food at the cheapest […]

  • Here we are. Thomas Lipton. I’ll pick up any teabook, really, and I enjoy reading about any bit of tea history. Important figures, especially recent ones, hold a special place for me.  This shouldn’t come as a s […]

  • AJ posted an update 1 year ago

    Wow, that was a sudden influx of spam.

  • I got to meet Raj when he attended the Vancouver Tea Festival (we talked about books… unsurprisingly) and debuted some of this tea. I can’t quite remember the taste any more, but I remember it being strong, […]

  • AJ posted an update 1 year, 1 month ago

    What I should be doing: Reading a paper about subglacial processes. What I’m doing: Reading tea blog posts, and debating shuffling my posts over to a new teatrade site so the URL reflects my site name change.

  • AJ commented on the post, Fatty Shiboridashi, on the site Tea Stacks 1 year, 2 months ago

    Second-hand shop.

  • AJ posted an update 1 year, 2 months ago

    @peter Not sure if you’re aware, so I thought I’d point it out anyways–there’s a few broken links. But the “Tea Forums” in the horizontal top menu and “Tea Forums” from the dropdown (when you’re on someone’s blog) links don’t work; they link to /tea-forums/ instead of /forums/.

  • I tend to avoid giving out my location. However, I would suggest checking

    If you input your location, it will give you the closest libraries to you that have a copy of the book, for you to either […]

  • AJ commented on the post, Fatty Shiboridashi, on the site Tea Stacks 1 year, 3 months ago

    No idea. Could be japanese quinces, red camellias, maybe poppies.

  • AJ wrote a new post, Fatty Shiboridashi, on the site Tea Stacks 1 year, 3 months ago

    Scored this fat shiboridashi at a second-hand shop. It came with three matching cups. Tried my best to capture the crackle celadon finish. Looks like it could easily hold 6oz (almost a bit big for my small […]

  • AJ posted an update 1 year, 3 months ago

    Those days when you’re not sure if you’re getting comments from a lot of random strangers, or you’re just the target of very intelligent, polite bots that leave no advertisements.

  • AJ posted an update 1 year, 3 months ago

    Trying to get ahold of a more recent tea publication (2015–Darjeeling) at my downtown library. It’s still in use (as it was last year), and has three holds.

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    • 3 holds?

      • That’s down from over ten last I checked in 2015. Three people waiting to check out he book before me. I ended up giving in and buying it from the bookstore instead, although they only had the hardcover copy.

    • Good to see that a tea book (publication) can be this wanted. (not good that you have to wait that long) Now I’m really curious about the book. What’s the title? And what is your first opinion?

      • Darjeeling, by Jeff Kohler. It’s divided into four sections, each named after a flush (First, Second, Monsoon, Autumn). The chapter headers seem interesting, but I haven’t actually started reading it yet. There’s a few others I’ll probably read first. But it’s great to see a book focusing on Indian tea.

  • AJ commented on the post, Book: The Tea Cyclopedia, on the site Tea Stacks 1 year, 3 months ago

    I can actually summarize the chapter, since it was only about three pages long.
    -Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and many others)
    -Baroness Orzy (sic) (Old Man in the Corner)
    -C.P. Snow (Death […]

  • This is a pretty unassuming little book, but turned out to be a solid read. The style of the cover actually mislead me into thinking it was a lot older than it was–I figured a reprint of a 1970s book–but it was […]

  • Ha! It really does read a bit like that.

  • In the wake of the current Verdant Tea scandal, this seems like the perfect read. I started this book a little before the VTF, but juggling schoolwork and leisure reading, I haven’t really gotten to finishing it […]

  • AJ posted an update 1 year, 4 months ago

    I can see why was closed down to new members for so long.

  • I thought I’d break my experiences at the VTF down into more than one post; I realize I have a tendency to ramble, and the least I can do is break up the flow.

    The second annual VTF wasn’t huge. I’ve been to […]

  • Or as I’m going to call it, “networking” fingerquote end fingerquote.

    To start, the industry I’m in (or rather, the industry I’m trying to break in to) requires networking. Most industries do, really, and on a […]

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