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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Come See All In This Tea

Happy New Year! We hope you have been enjoying your daily cup. It's been a while since we have communicated on our blog at The Tea Plant, but we have some exciting news to share with you about an upcoming event at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, New York.

Come to the Cinema Arts Centre at 7:30pm, on March 6, 2012 to see All In This Tea.  It is a wonderful film by Les Blank and Gina Leibricht. All In This Tea takes the viewer into the mountains of China with David Lee Hoffman, a man who is instrumental in getting tea from small farms in China recognized. David Lee Hoffman will also be present via a live Skype chat with the audience after the screening!

The film exemplifies David Lee Hoffman's persistence and passion as he travels into the mountains of China to show the world some of the most amazing teas and the farmers responsible for producing them. We have to thank him for his work in bringing these special teas, from some of the most remote locations, to us.

We are also thankful to the Cinema Arts Centre for inviting us to provide samples of a small selection of Chinese teas at the event. We hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you there and sharing a cup of tea.

Here is further information regarding the film from the Cinema Arts Centre website:

Follow American tea expert David Lee Hoffman into the fascinating and very tasty world of tea as he journeys to China in search of the world’s finest teas
The latest film from distinguished documentarian Les Blank, in collaboration with co-director Gina Leibrecht, follows American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the world’s finest teas. Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest of teas. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China, the homeland of tea. There, he struggles against language barriers and Byzantine business codes to convince the Chinese that the farmers make better tea than the factories and that their craft should be honored and preserved. This craft cannot be learned from a book, but has been handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years. He drags the reluctant tea factory aficionados up a lush, terraced mountainside and brings them face to face with those “dirty” farmers. In an ironic twist, Hoffman reintroduces them to one of their country’s oldest traditions. But Hoffman is even a step ahead of his own country in that he is advocating “fair trade” and organics. Images of the farmers standing on urban street corners selling a week’s harvest for three dollars, in the shadow of China’s increasing number of high rises, illustrate the paradox that stepping into the modern world imposes. Tea experts James Norwood Pratt, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, and Winnie W. Yu provide the fundamentals of tea, lending weight to Hoffman’s endeavor. (USA, 2008, 70 min., color, DVD)

We also encourage you to visit the site,, to learn more about the fascinating films on view. We are lucky to have a venue like this so close to home.

423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

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