The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world (via Quartz)

Similarly, Japanese spaces tend to focus on structuring interactions, contingency, and connections to other people and to society. For example, traditional tea houses have doors that are narrow and low. This forces guests to lower their head and, historically, for samurai to leave their swords outside by the door. The … Continue Reading The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world (via Quartz)

Scoperta una nuova pianta del tè naturalmente senza caffeina: si chiama HONGYACHA e cresce in Fujian (via The Economist)

Liang Chen and Ji-Qiang Jin of the Tea Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences think they have found just such a plant growing wild in a remote area in Fujian province, southern China. As they report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, not only is the … Continue Reading Scoperta una nuova pianta del tè naturalmente senza caffeina: si chiama HONGYACHA e cresce in Fujian (via The Economist)

If the tea bush were a Christmas tree, pickers would only take leaves from the bough where the star is placed, the very tip, and perhaps a few of the branches with ornaments on them.  Sarah Rose "For all the tea in China: Espionage, empire and the secret formula for the world's favourite drink"

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Tea is an addiction, but an addiction different from all others. It is milder, a habit relatively easily broken. It is more universal. Most unusually, it is good for the addict. And it is largely unnoticed both to those addicted and others. Indeed, the conquest of the world by tea has been so successfull that we have forgotten that it has happened at all. Tea has become like water or air, something that many of us take for granted. Alan Macfarlane, "The empire of tea"

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Un nome, mille culture: viaggio nelle stanze del tè in giro per il mondo (via repubblica.it)

“Un pellegrinaggio, quello lungo le strade di questa bevanda, che Catherine Bourzat e Laurence Mouton, giornaliste autrici di Viaggio alle Sorgenti del tè (Guido Tommasi editore, 519 pp, 35 euro), hanno portato avanti per ben tre anni, provando a raccontare, in un libro-reportage, tutto ciò che c’è da sapere sulla “seconda bevanda più … Continue Reading Un nome, mille culture: viaggio nelle stanze del tè in giro per il mondo (via repubblica.it)