Tea Farmers Switching to Coffee?
I just came across this article from the Los Angeles Times and thought it was interesting. Watcha think?
I guess it makes sense, Pu erh takes a long time to age and even cooking it is more complex and time invasive than shipping raw beans elsewhere for quick roasting.
So many college age Chinese students are coming to US campuses where Starbucks often has a presence in bookstores or dining halls. The article notes that it’s a status symbol for young Chinese to be seen carrying an iPhone and a green and white cup of starbucks. I wonder whether that will eventually lead to better working conditions for the factory workers making iPhones and iPads.
I also wonder whether we’ll soon see some Pu erh lattes??
That is a little sad that Western consumption and influence is changing the tradition of the farmers, but it’s great that they are able to earn more money some years. If they really want to get fancy pants about it and rake in the dough, they need to get some of those cats that eat the berries and poop out the beans!
How about panda tea? have you seen this stuff? 3500$ a pound?! http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/19/us-china-panda-tea-idUSBRE82I04O20120319
I did see that! It’s not as gross to me to use fertilizer that came out of an animal’s butt to grow something as it is to ingest something that came out of an animal’s butt. I need that plant filter in the middle to feel okay about it.
They can do all they want to get people to drink coffee. It is a nasty beverage and it is disgusting. Not to mention that the culture it is from originally should be banned.
I dont like coffee. I dont like the physical effects, it is too expensive and the religion and culture that it first stemmed from should be banned.