Sunday, January 29, 2006

Kangaroo green tea

In a previous posting I mentioned Australian-grown green tea whose peculiar taste turned out to be due to wayward eucalyptus leaves that found their way into the tea plants before harvest.

A few days after seeing the above article, I ran across an announcement in the New York Times [registration required but free] of green tea grown in Australia by Japanese beverage company Ito En and sold at its store in New York.

It's interesting that Ito En cites a "lack of arable land in Japan" as its reason for cultivating tea in Australia. But there are plenty of small tea farms in Japan, and they're having a harder and harder time finding domestic buyers for their tea. The reason is all about money: a large-scale tea operation in a country where land is cheap allows the beverage company to spend less money on the tea and more on packaging and advertising.

—Mellow Monk

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