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All In This Tea


Take something as simple and ordinary as tea, then dig deeply into its roots to show that it is far more complex, subtle, varied, challenging and interesting than you would have ever believed. That’s the recipe for a delicious documentary, and this one delivers. A fanatical tea drinker in California becomes a connoisseur of fine teas, and then goes on to restore now forgotten traditions of organic artisan tea growing in China. Along the way he reveals the fascinating intricacies of how tea is hand-crafted, almost like a bottle of wine. This low-key journey into the hinterlands of China will completely transform your idea of tea.

— KK

Reader Recommendations:

“Great introduction on tea culture and how it’s changing in the 21st century, especially in regards to organic/pesticide issue.” — Wayne Bremser






All In This Tea
Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht
2007, 70 minutes
$2, Amazon Instant Video rental

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Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:00 am | comments

  • Check out what David Hoffman is up to these days:
    He is building a concrete Asian-themed compound in northern Marin County, ignoring local laws (seismic, permitting, etc.) and claiming it is all ecologically oriented. It’s dazzling to see what he has going up there but it’s hard to totally sympathize. Worth a documentary, though.

  • David

    I did not enjoy this film. SUPER awkward and uncomfortable to listen to him talk to people. Very snoody and uptight. Half way through I started watching it like a comedy which was a better experience.

    I was hoping for more information on the economics, politics, farming and the lives of the farmers. Instead you just hear a guy say over and over “uhg, this is not good tea”.