For the past ten years, I have become increasingly interested in coffee. Far from being an expert, I have been able to learn quite a lot, and I enjoy bringing what I've learned to my students and to general audiences at libraries, civic organizations, and online. Sometimes, people would ask why I do not teach about tea, and I would reply that it is because I do not know anything about it.
That is now beginning to change. Thanks to a new book contract, I am starting to learn more than I ever thought possible about the geography of tea, and I will be learning even more over the next couple of years. As I did with coffee, I am starting with a very modest little web site about tea, which I expect will grow over time, as I learn more and wish to share it.
The whole experience just reinforces one key idea: everything has a geography!