Archive for May, 2011

Great ape?

You want milk and sugar?!

In case you hadn’t heard, I’ve been promoted from “Tea Monkey” to “Manager” at the Random Tea Room. We’re a single-barista shop, so this involves more operational rather than supervisory responsibilities. As you can see, I’m currently implementing our “Friendly Faces” customer service initiative.


“The True History of Tea” Atlas begins!

The second “Philadelphia Tea Institute” book club is underway: Victor Mair’s “The True History of Tea.”  I’ll have a review in a few weeks, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a study aid I’ve been working on: “The True History of Tea” Atlas!

It’s hardly an atlas, but Adagio and Jason Walker already have “tea maps.”  And it’s only 1/18th complete: the vast mass of facts in this book is what compels the creation of aids to cognition.

I welcome comments if you have corrections, but please keep in mind that places you don’t see on the map may be added later, or else aren’t mentioned in “The True History of Tea.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to figure out how I’m going to serve Hunan Baishaxi tonight in Tibetan fashion, without any yak butter.

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