We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes the two-part sequence “The Good News” and the standalone “The Way Things Are Now”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read them as a sequence, or you can choose which you want to peruse below. Enjoy!

The Good News

“Come along inside. We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.”

Owl, in one of the Pooh books

Part One

Pleasure is far too serious to take lightly. Taking tea is a moment of windless calm amidst the bluster of daily events and has always been…(Read more)

Part Two

Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty. As never before, the beauty of the leaf of Camellia sinensis sinensis and Camellia sinensis assamica is…(Read more)

The Way Things Are Now

When I makes tea I makes tea as old mother Grogan said and when I makes water I makes water.

James Joyce (1882 – 1941), Ulysses

As the twenty-first century opens, the world’s tea trade faces three new and undeniable facts: 1) World tea production has increased phenomenally to perhaps three million metric tons; 2) Tea consumption in the Western world has stagnated, in competition with coffee and soft drinks; and…(Read more)

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