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THE LITTLE TEA BOOK
Compiler of Over the Black Coffee
ILLUSTRATED BY GEORGE W. HOOD
THE BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY
33-37 EAST 17TH ST., UNION SQ. NORTH
COPYRIGHT, 1903, BY
THE BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY
Published, October, 1903
The Crow Press, N.H.
INTRODUCING THE LITTLE TEA BOOK
After all, tea is the drink! Domestically and socially it is the beverage of the world. There may be those who will come forward with their figures to prove that other fruits of the soil—agriculturally and commercially—are more important. Perhaps they are right when quoting statistics. But what other product can compare with tea in the high regard in which it has always been held by writers whose standing in literature, and recognized good taste in other walks, cannot be questioned?
A glance through this book will show that the spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement. As these qualities are all associated with the ways of women, it is to them, therefore—the real rulers of the world—that tea owes its prestige and vogue.
Further peeps through these pages prove this to be true; for nearly all the allusions and references to the beverage, by male writers, reveal the womanly influence that tea imparts. But this is not all. The side-lights of history, customs, manners, and modes of living which tea plays in the life of all nations will be found entertaining and instructive. Linked with the fine feminine atmosphere which pervades the drinking of the beverage everywhere, a leaf which can combine so much deserves, at least, a little human hearing for its long list of virtues; for its peaceful walks, talks, tales, tattle, frills, and fancies which go to make up this tribute to “the cup that cheers but not inebriates.”
Thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid! Thou innocent pretence for bringing the wicked of both sexes together in the morning! Thou female tongue-running, smile-soothing, heart-opening, wink-tipping cordial to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moments of my life.
Giy-ôku-ro-châ … Dew Drop Tea
Usu-châ … Light Tea
Koi-châ … Dark Tea
Tô-bi-dashi-châ … Sifted Tea
Ban-châ … Common Tea
Yu-Shiyutsu-châ … Export Tea
Neri-châ … Brick Tea
Koku-châ … Black Tea
Ko-châ … Tea Dust Broken Leaves
Riyoku-châ … Green Tea
So called after two ranges of hills, Fu-Kien or Fo-Kien
Congou … Labor
Named so at Amoy from the labor in preparing it.
Sou chong … Small Kind
Hyson … Flourishing Spring
Pe-koe … White Hair
So called because only the youngest leaves are gathered, which still
have the delicate down—white hair—on the surface.
Pou-chong … Folded Tea
So called at Canton after the manner of picking it.
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