it's a delicate green tea from China or a bracing Assam black, a
seemingly mild-mannered cup of tea represents a turbulent history of
intrigue and conquest, tradition and revolution, East and West.
In this sweeping tour through the history, culture, and lore of this
2,000-year-old beverage, veteran tea professionals Mary Lou Heiss and
Robert J. Heiss provide an in-depth resource for tea lovers, covering
all aspects of production and consumption--from the terroir in which a
tea bush is cultivated to the time-honored rituals of brewing and
At once passionate and carefully researched, this weighty tome will
infuse readers with a deep appreciation for the illustrious,
invigorating, and elusive leaf.
The Story of Tea
A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
Ten Speed Press,