Harney and Sons - Tea Sexier than Coffee?
"Wouldn't it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn't drink tea?"
Noel CowardThe buckets of dishwater served by Starbucks may have decimated the tea rooms of Britain in recent years, but the cultural exchange has not all been to the detriment of we Brits. I've tried a few of the tea products sold by Harney and Sons, an American tea business based in Salisbury, Connecticut, and I've been very pleasantly surprised. Rather than tipping tea into Boston Harbor [sic], our American cousins now seem to be enjoying quaffing the stuff.
The Queen Catherine blend is nice. The Japanese Sencha green tea likewise. I've even tried a couple of herbal teas, as the others were so good. Not bad at all, although I rarely find I'm in the mood for herbal teas (and it doesn't seem right to dunk a biscuit in one).
Now how to get rid of Starbucks? To start with, Harney and Sons could open a couple of tea rooms over here and remind us why tea became our national drink. Least of all we need to take our custom where better quality tea is served. The UK Tea Council can help us here with its list of favoured tea rooms and tea guild members. Make your voices heard (not too loudly), and clatter your tea cups, tea drinkers of Britain.