Infused – Adventures in Tea (2019) is a book about tea that I highly recommend; Dec. 19, 2019 CBC The Current interview highlights the story

I learned of this book through learning about a CBC The Current interview with the author on Dec. 19, 2019.

Click here to access the Rare Tea Company website >

An excerpt from the site reads:

Our founder, CEO and intrepid tea explorer – Henrietta has only gone and finished her book, at last.

Join our very own indomitable Rare Tea Lady on her mission to revolutionise the world of tea. Infused offers a fascinating insight into her adventures across the globe, and explains how her love affair with tea has shaped her life. Unsurprisingly, her pursuit of our lovely leaves has got her into a fair amount of hot water along the way.

Publisher: Faber & Faber

A Dec. 19, 2019 CBC The Current article is entitled: “Tea bags are bad for the environment, and bad for your brew, says tea expert: ‘You’re drinking nanoplastics, glue, bleaches, chemicals,’ Henrietta Lovell says of newer ‘silken’ tea bags.”

An excerpt reads:

Single-use tea bags are bad for the environment — and bad for your afternoon brew in general, according to a world-famous tea-seller.

“Teabags have nanoplastics in them. They’re in the sealants, they’re in the paper, and of course, you’ve also got glue,” Henrietta Lovell, founder of the Rare Tea Company, told The Current’s guest host Jayme Poisson.

“You’re drinking nanoplastics, glue, bleaches, chemicals.”

In September, a McGill study estimated that one cup from a plastic or cornstarch-based tea bag could contain 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1 billion nanoplastic particles.


I am reminded, after hearing the CBC The Current interview, of previous posts about Fair Trade coffee. Among other things, the topic of how to help coffee and tea farmers to make a decent living.

Click here to access previous posts about Free Trade coffee >

Also of interest is an Oct. 28, 2019 CBC The Current interview: “NBC killed Weinstein reporting because of accusations against their own host, alleges Ronan Farrow: Farrow’s new book looks at obstacles to breaking story that helped start #MeToo.”

An excerpt reads:

Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow says he once looked up to disgraced NBC host Matt Lauer as “something of a mentor,” who was “very supportive of the kind of tough investigative reporting that I wanted to do.”

But in his new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Farrow writes that Lauer’s eyes “snapped back” when he found out the reporter was investigating sexual assault in Hollywood.

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