Archive for Rooibos

Rooibos tax for aboriginal communities

Posted in Books, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2020 by xi'an

Just read in the 150th anniversary issue of Nature that the South African Government had agreed to a share of the rooibos tea profits be reversed to the aboriginal San and Khoi communities. Following a lengthy debate on whether or not rooibos tea was in use before European settlers invaded the area. I cannot remember when I started drinking rooibos but it may have been connected with reading my first book of the delicious Mma Ramotswe and the №1 Ladies Detective Agency series…! Which author, Alexander McCall Smith is a self-declared tea addict. (Since the story is located in Botswana, I have no idea whether or not tea is exported from this country and if the benefits reach the local communities.)

Zurück nach Zürich

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by xi'an

After a rather hectic morning where I had to saw through my bike locker because the key broke into the lock—luckily #1 only the front wheel was locked to the frame and to nothing else and luckily #2 it happened only a few hundred meters from home so I could push the bike on the back wheel and quietly saw away from suspicious looks!—, I had a smooth flight to Zürich for the workshop on Bayesian Inference for Latent Gaussian Models (which started yesterday). Rather paradoxically, since I did not spend that much time there, except for a few summer vacations, I always find travelling to Switzerland, either to the mountains or to cities like Bern and Zürich, a peculiar pleasure, as if I was coming back to a familiar place [I can fathom Olivier starting to roll his eyes!]… Getting out of the train station, I easily found my bearings from a visit a few years ago and stopped by the local Coop to buy several boxes of Chaï Rooibos I only find here. Using one of those beautiful 100 franc bills dedicated to Giacometti (whose birthplace I once visited during one of those summer vacations). Incidentally, the urban designer Le Corbusier only gets the 10 franc bill and this is even too much an honour in my opinion!

Gourmet tea

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 9, 2009 by xi'an

There was a paper in the weekend selection from The New York Times delivered with Le Monde that got my full attention as it was about gourmet tea. (The original paper was published on Sept. 17 but I missed it.) The paper covers the surprising popularity of expensive tea (mini-)chains, including three French companies, Le Palais des Thés (pun between Summer Palace and Tea Palace), Mariage Frères (no pun), and Dammann Frères (no pun either!). As a tea addict, I can understand the appeal of selecting special teas of a much higher quality than the major brands, even at a significantly higher price. I was nonetheless shocked by some prices reached by 2009 summer Darjeelings like the Sungma-Turzum clonal wonder at about 300 euros per kilo! About 10 times more than the decent Twinings Darjeeling I get from the local supermarket… Darjeelings from Palais des ThésSince I got those two wonderful bags as a B’day present, as well as another bag of Rooibos red tea, I can testify of their incredible taste(s) and that they are truly gourmet teas of the highest order!