What Does Tea Mean to You?
Tea is deeply embedded in the fiber of society in Taiwan. From bubble tea shops to chatting with friends over gong-fu brewed tea, most people here either consume or at least encounter tea in some way in their daily lives. Beyond the fact that it's the most commonly consumed beverage, we wanted to know what tea means to the person on the street in Taiwan, so we started asking them.
We spent the last month asking the question "What does tea mean to you?" to local friends and strangers in town. Here are some of their responses. For some it's a means of making a living. For others, it has more of a spiritual meaning. Check the videos to see what they had to say!
This is Mr. Chen, a retired gas station manager from Bamboo Mountain, Nantou County, Taiwan.
Mr. Wang, a retired mechanic from Zhushan, Taiwan, offered some historical context for tea.
Winnie gives it straight from the heart in her response to “What Does Tea Mean To You?"
Ms. Chen, an organic tea farmer from Lugu, Taiwan, is literally living her dream. When we visited her secluded home on her small organic farm overlooking a protected river, we admittedly felt a tinge of envy!
Mr. Xie, a pioneer organic tea farmer from Nantou, Taiwan had this to say about what tea means to him.
This is Ah Mei, a pork vendor, in Zhushan, Taiwan.
These are just some of the reactions we got. If you'd like to see more, check out the Eco-Cha Teas YouTube Channel. We'll be posting more responses as we record them.
What Does It Mean to You?
So, what does tea mean to you? Is it just a casual drink? Or are you really into the subtle details of what makes a great brew? Let us know in the comments below or leave a comment on our YouTube channel or Instagram page and hashtag it with #whatdoesteamean. We really want to know what tea means to you!
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We have become close friends, and this is a unique connection in our 25 years of involvement with tea producers in the local Taiwan tea industry. This farm is a rare resource, given its environment and micro-climate. The owners have faced many challenges and only in the last few years have developed their organic farming to a stable situation. Now, with some support and guidance, we believe they will soon be producing some of the best organic tea in Taiwan!