All the tea in China is a lot of tea.
But intrepid connoisseur tea man David Lee Hoffman wanted the best tea in China, and he went off in search of it — into the misty green tea mountains and markets of China with documentary filmmaker Les Blank at his side.
They came back with a story of Oolong and Camel's Breath, Drum Mountain and Dragon Well. And of how tea and nature meet — in the mouth, and mind, and Chinese lives.
This hour, On Point: Tea importer David Lee Hoffman, global tea guru James Norwood Pratt, and San Francisco tea maven Roy Fong, on all the tea in China.Guests:
David Lee Hoffman, tea importer and subject of the new documentary, "All In This Tea." (The website includes a trailer, background on the story, and information on screenings and how to order the DVD.)
James Norwood Pratt, leading expert on tea and author of "The Tea-Lover's Treasury."
This program aired on July 11, 2008.