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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Habitual tea drinkers begin to feel restless if they do not get their cup at the usual time. In my opinion, the usefulness of tea, if any, consists in the fact that it supplies a warm sweet drink which contains some milk. The same purpose may well be served by taking boiled hot water mixed with a little milk and sugar. Mahatma Gandhi in "A Key to Health"

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The British like a strong cup of tea with a liberal splash of milk; the Dutch a mild cup; the East Frisians add cream; on the subcontinent they cook their tea in milk; the Afghans like green tea but the Pakistanis black; the deep south of America drinks it iced; the Burmese eat is as a salad; the Tibetans mix it with butter... the list goes on. The only consistency is the bush that started it all: Camellia sinensis.
Will Battle, The World Tea Encyclopaedia

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Arthur guardò gli schermi e sbatté le palpebre: a un tratto gli parve di sentire la mancanza di qualcosa di importante. Ma cosa? Dopo qualche attimo, capì cos'era e chiese: "Si può avere del tè su questa astronave?".

Douglas Adams, "Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti"

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