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by Roy Moxham

From the plantation to the breakfast table—the stimulating history of the world's obsession with tea from its first discovery in China to the present day. Moxham first became fascinated by the history of tea when he applied for a job to manage a plantation in Nyasaland, Africa. His book is a historical journey which includes all levels of society from the royal family to plantation slaves, revolution, and the afternoon ritual. The story he uncovered reveals a fascinating, and occasionally brutal, insight into the history of the British Empire.
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ISBN: 0762436182
ISBN13: 978-0762436187
Category: Cookbooks
Subcategory: Beverages & Wine
Author: Roy Moxham
Language: English
Publisher: Running Press (January 6, 2009)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1375 kb
FB2 size: 1137 kb
Rating: 4.6
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This was a pretty decent book. I had purchased it because it was one of the cheapest books about tea history I could find. The writing is a bit dry, and there were some peices of information that I wanted to find, but didn't. I might need to get another tea history book to really get the whole story....but this was decent.
A very readable and interesting history of the origins of tea. Full of adventure and twists and turns in the story.
This is a fascinating book. It is an amazing look at the pivotal role this drink has played in the present world situation. I have cited this book many times in conversation since discovering it 3-4 years ago.
Very interesting information
The best two chapters of Roy Moxham's book are the first and the last, where he talks of his personal experience as a young tea estate manager in 1960's Malawi (Africa). " I knew nothing about tea, but I could learn". He writes of an awareness both of himself and the politics ""I had already absorbed many of the colonial values of the planters and was opposed to African rule in the near future." There were some tense times, and he took to carrying a Beretta pistol, but there were also plenty of parties!
The bulk of the book, sketches the history of tea, first dealing with Chinese-British trading, then Victorian enterprises in India and Ceylon. There are tales of pirates, swift ships (that could carry a million pounds of tea!), slow elephants, and swift lashes to tea pickers. In these histories, Moxham understands the colonialism impacts, such as selling Opium to the Chinese and treatment of the growers. This is a rich history!
Who knew tea was once illegal? Who knew tea was really the catalyst behind the British-China opium wars? You'll also learn why Darjeeling beats Assam teas any day of the week and why Lipton no longer holds sway in the country it started in.

These and many more curious bits of history leak out in Moxham's captivating book on the history of tea. The text is breezy yet has great depth. The fact Moxham was involved with a tea plantation in Africa helps gives him a great perspective but it never intrudes or really prejudices the tale. The last chapter is the only truly autobiographical of the lot and does sort of seem tossed in at the end--enjoyable but doesn't truly fit in with the rest.
Golden freddi
Tea is an innocent looking daily ritual that has shaped the foreign economy, politics and warfare of Britain during the past four centuries, at the expense of Asian and African countries.
As in all things in this life on Earth, the enjoyment of some is the suffering of many. In this case, first China had to fight for the right to avoid forced imports of opium (the only way, apart from silver, the British could pay the tea). Then India, Ceylon and the African colonies had to fight for their freedom, both political and economical.
This book gives a clear view of what has happened behind the scenes to keep tea in the "Western World" cupboards, following the perspectives of tea planters, tea pickers, businessmen, politicians and all the people whose lives have gravitated around the leaves of the Camelia Sinensis bush.
The current reality is that tea is overproduced, pickers are underpaid and supermarket are ruling the market. Think about this the next time you see the leaves open in the teapot or once you drop the tea bag in the cup. And perhaps promise to yourself to buy fairtrade the next time