Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Author Tells Terrifying Tea Tales

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Having tea may be a proper pastime, but one author has some scary stories to sip on.

Robert J. Heiss and his wife Mary Lou are the authors of The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide (Ten Speed Press), and Robert, who’s been a purveyor of tea since 1974, says the beverage’s backstory is steeped in danger.

Heiss’ treacherous tea travels include three trips to China, where Heiss and his sippin’ sightseers were marooned on a boat, and another incident when Heiss was nearly stranded on a mountainside.

Heiss says, “We’ve risked life and limb in the name of tea a couple of times.”

And while Heiss’s tea travels are all part of the job, he knows when the danger is too strong.

Heiss says, “We have a colleague who’s dying to take us to a tea farm in Assam, India, but it’s one of the most dangerous places in the world.”

The Story of Tea is on shelves now.

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