Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Paying for tea

Tea this afternoon was genmaicha, a rice green tea from Japan. I tasted diluted light green tea with a hint of strawberry scent. There is no aftertaste, the tea felt asphyxiated. I lifted the hot lid to find no visible traces of roasted rice, not to mention whole tea leaves. The content was murky green and I did not feel like it anymore. It was a pity because everything looked so right on the outside. How many occasions are we in fact paying for delicious wholesome tea as opposed to the right setting, great atmosphere and maybe some elegant looking pieces of teaware? I would be a happier paying customer if every element were put into its rightful place.

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