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A very useful book and a good place to start,
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I don't drink coffee with any enthusiasm, but do enjoy tea, but often only a favourite Ceylon and some first and second flush darjeelings. I spent a couple of days reading this through, which increased my knowledge very substantially, yet my experience was enhanced by the organisation, which interspersed factual matter with full-page colour photographs. I am usually sniffy about full colour illustrations, but in the case of this book they added more information about the places, people and teas referred to by the authors, and were apposite. I learnt very quickly everything from the origin of the Opium Wars, to the best methods of brewing oolong tea. With this knowledge, I armed myself with some Dong Ding Oolong, and still practising the gong fu method, am now sipping a most fragrant and beautiful tea. My only warning is not to drink too much later in the evening, otherwise if you are like me, you might find it difficult getting to sleep! For anyone wishing to make a hobby out of a basic necessity, and create some time for personal space and calm after a day's work, this book could well get you started. It would also make an excellent choice for couples looking for hobbies to share. As I write, the bouquet of the dong ding still fills my mouth!