Denny and I just guest starred in the Tea For Me Please Podcast ran by Nicole (see her post here). Was a ton of fun to sit back and just chat about tea! More lax and less structured than your average TeaDB episode, and we talk about how we got into tea, the future of tea in America, how to start learning about tea, etc.
Tea For Me Please Podcast feat. TeaDB!
4 responses to “Tea For Me Please Podcast feat. TeaDB!”
Great interview, guys! Nice to get some background on you and your tea interests.
But … if both of you are now drinking puer, when can we expect some videos on that type of tea?
It’s cool to hear your guys’ input on Teavana and the growth potential of tea in the US.
As a person with experience drinking copious amounts of high quality and affordable tea, I can join the chorus of Teavana haters. Nevertheless, I can’t deny that Teavana did in fact play a very early and critical role in my discovery of tea. I believe that Teavana–despite its inaccurate and subpar portrayal of high quality loose leaf tea–has an important role in increasing tea consumption in the US. Once people become open to the idea of preparing loose leaf tea, there’s the potential to expand that interest to varying degrees. And let’s be honest: where do most American’s spend their free time? Malls.
Which brings me to why I appreciate what you guys do: you review online vendors. It’s important to recognize that the best tea shops in this country are confined to only a few regions, and even they have trouble competing with the vast quantity and quality of tea that’s available online. So, as much as I believe places like Teavana can open the door, it’s the online vendors that have the potential to supply Westerners with some of their best experiences.
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