A Very Refined Review – Zagat Survey On Tea Houses

Hello my lovely sippers!   The famous Zagat came out with an intriguing article earlier this week, announcing the 8 Tea Hot Spots in NYC!   For those who do not know, Zagat Survey, according to their Web site, “is based on the belief that the shared experiences of large numbers of users is inherently more accurate than the opinions of a few critics. Ratings capture the distinct qualities of an establishment on Zagat’s signature 30-point scale. Zagat editors summarize users’ feedback into concise reviews with high standards of accuracy.”

Zagat recommends tea houses that range from the edgy, stylish The Lambs Club, so named after drama critic and essayist Charles Lamb, all the way to the more traditional Afternoon tea served at the Crosby Street Hotel.

Currently, my friends and I are all a-twitter about heading into the City for a day and stopping at each tea shop and tea house on the list.   But, that brings me to another question.   Where would you rather go?   Do you prefer more traditional?   Or more of an updated look?   Or maybe you would rather purchase the tea and head home to cuddle in a blanket and a nice book?   Leave a comment here to let me know!

People In Kalasa, India Should Start Stock-Piling Their Tea!

The idea of running out of tea, having tea shortages, etc, is simply horrific.   After all, this beverage that is becoming a staple part of many people’s drinking diets is valued both for its historical capacity and its many health benefits.

Sadly, in Kalasa, India, there has been a lack of rainfall that has affected tea.   The tea plant requires a hot, moist environment in order to grow, preferring an annual rainfall of 1800-3000 mm, or 72-100 inches.   However, this year, the typical rainfall started in March but did not continue into April.   On top of this, the temperatures are on the rise, which will result in a drier crop.   Already, the crops are starting to show the reduced amount and quality.

Throw on top of this a pest problem and a labor issue in the area, and there’s going to be a problem with the Kalasa tea this year.

A View of a Tea Plantation in Kasala, India

A View of a Tea Plantation in Kasala, India

Now, the small town that relies heavily on agriculture is concerned over their crops.   Darjeeling and Assam have already succumbed to the dry season and now, the issue spreads.   Tea production is already predicting a huge hit this year due to the weather.   Assam alone produces 13% of the world’s tea.   Slowly, it seems that tea production will be struggling.

Therefore, the best to do is be ready for rising tea prices.   With the weather conditions, sub-par tea might be pushed more in the marketplace, so be choosey about what you are looking at.   Maybe even try your hand at growing your own tea, depending upon your region.

What do you plan to do to prepare?   Or are you hoping this is worse than it sounds?