Wednesday, March 18, 2009

All the Tea in China, London and Munich



I’m a fan of all things tea – though growing up in London it was always called a cup of cha and now I’m in Shanghai and it’s a cup of cha once again! Happen to be reading Sarah Rose’s new book For All the Tea in China: Espionage, Empire and the Secret Formula of the World's Favourite Drink while having a cup of tea (M&S for the record).

Then came across this wonderful Art Nouveau poster advertising the Marco Polo Theesalon or Tea Salon in Burgstrasse in Munich. Of course Marco Polo famously made no mention of tea in his travels which some consider odd – though it was at the time a drink mostly consumed in southern China and Marco didn’t get down there much which might explain it. Still the esteemed house of Mariage Frères, founded 1660, still produces a Marco Polo Tea apparently.

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