Obsessives: Tea

Obsessives: Tea

By Meredith Arthur and Eric Slatkin

Tea: It’s so much more than a small afternoon pleasure. Connoisseur James Norwood Pratt puts tea in context, as not only “one of the world’s greatest handmade works of art,” but an antiwar palliative. Along the way, he weighs in on Starbucks, tea bags, and water quality.

This is a regular series called Obsessives, in which CHOW explores the worlds of singularly focused food-industry figures. These are the people with the dirty hands, answering detailed questions about the work they do.