Fr. Gregory Sharkey SJ, from Kathmandu, Nepal, draws our attention to the publication of a unique book on the history of tea. It is the work of Professor George van Driem from the University of Bern. The 954-page volume mentions 33 Jesuits by name, a dozen of whom figure as prominent protagonists in the history of tea.
The Tale of Tea is the saga of globalization. Tea gave birth to paper money, the Opium Wars and Hong Kong. This publication replaces popular myths about tea with erudite knowledge on the hidden origins and detailed history of today’s globalized beverage in its many modern guises.