25 Feb '16, 4pm
Song Tea: Reading The Leaves With Founder Peter Luong
But is it hard to get quality tea further away from the source? This is basically an economic issue. Most of the best teas are very expensive and often pre-bought or pre-sold. There’s another force at work though, which is the North American and Western tea market buying low-grade tea traditionally and historically—that is very much a true thing. We’re a culture that’s been weaned on convenience, which in tea means things like tea bags, and teas that are stronger and harsher so we can add milk or sugar to them to make them taste better. You go to a grocery store, you find tea bags that cost just a few dollars for a pack of 40—that is very much the vast majority of the current market for tea here. Because of that, there’s a perception by vendors and sellers at origin that the American palate means Americans want lower-grade teas in the first place. It’s a chicken or the egg...