Sunday, 31 December 2017

When Whimsical Anti-Theft Tea Caddies Protected the World's Most Precious Leaf

quote [ On December 16, 1773, when Samuel Adams and his fellow Sons of Liberty boarded three British East India Company-flagged ships to hurl 340 chests of Camellia sinensis—worth almost $2-million today—into Boston Harbor, tea was already an expensive commodity worldwide. ]

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[by ScoobySnacks@12:02amGMT]


stv179 said @ 8:19pm GMT on 2nd Jan [Score:1 Informative]
+1 Interesting (15 Karma points are necessary to be able to mod, it seems)
cb361 said @ 12:18am GMT on 31st Dec
Wow. And I thought the High Mountain Tea that my girlfriend is addicted to was expensive.

For about fourteen years we've been buying from , but in the past few months the product hasn't had the proper fragrance. That's a massive problem for her quality of life, because like I said, it's an addiction. We're not sure if they're sourcing poor quality stock or it's been a bad tea season in Taiwan.
Bruceski said @ 12:28am GMT on 31st Dec
84 bucks for a third of a pound? Eesh, the puer toucha I get for my mother is a sixth that (40 bucks/lb) and that's still pretty steep to me just as a gift when I visit every few months.
cb361 said @ 1:09am GMT on 31st Dec
It can get much more expensive than that. High Mountain Tea has to be grown above a certain altitude, so the constant cloud cover causes the leaves to develop slowly. And that 150 grams only lasts about a week. It's a shame she couldn't be addicted to something cheaper, like cocaine instead.
foobar said @ 11:36pm GMT on 31st Dec
I mean, it's not literally an addiction. She doesn't have to spend four grand a year on tea.
cb361 said[1] @ 2:07am GMT on 1st Jan
It was intended to be slightly facetious, but why not? If she doesn't get that fragrance, she feels that 'life isn't worth living'. People who are addicted to caffeine might feel the same way, without necessarily knowing why. They don't have to spend $x on it, but they feel very miserable if they don't. So, to all intents and purposes.
foobar said @ 6:50am GMT on 1st Jan
I'd like to think I'd review my priorities if I were spending that much on coffee, but maybe that's a function of income level.
cb361 said @ 11:23am GMT on 1st Jan
It's more than £1000 per year on tea, and yes - to my mind that's ridiculous, and a source of tension between us. My austere upbringing (and heavy adult-life debt) has made me quite neurotic about money, which is doubly annoying because my retired parents seem to have thrown that all out of the window.

In short, spending habits are rarely a function of income.
Kama-Kiri said @ 10:39pm GMT on 31st Dec
My parents have one of the apple shaped wooden ones. They never kept tea in it though, so I never realized what it was until now.

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