I love tea. It is simple with a complex history. It is something that is something that helped drive people to sail around the world. It has been apart of a protest (The Boston Tea Party). It is said to be medicinal. In Japan there are ceremonies in places called Tea Houses, where there are over 70 steps to properly serving tea.
“No,” he said, “look, its very, very simple … ail I want … is a cup of tea. You are going to make one for me. Keep quiet and listen.”Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
And he sat. He told the Nutri-Matic about India, he told it about China, he told it about Ceylon. He told it about broad leaves drying in the sun. He told it about silver teapots. He told it about Summer afternoons on the lawn. He told it about putting in the milk before the tea so it wouldn’t get scalded. He even told it (briefly) about the history of the East India Company.
“So that’s it, is it?” said the Nutri-Matic when he had finished.
“Yes,” said Arthur, “that is what I want.”
“You want the taste of dried leaves boiled in water?”
Below are books about tea which, I have read, and I recommend.