Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 58


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 13, 2006 on The History Channel
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After water, tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It has been around as a drink for 5000 years, and 6 billion pounds of tea are harvested annually.
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The United States is the only country in the world that prefers its tea iced. Eighty percent of all tea consumed in the U.S. is iced tea.

      • Tea pluckers in the Hatton District of Central Sri Lanka typically earn about 125 Rupees a day, or $1.20.

      • Darjeeling Tea, grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, is a light and subtle tea that can retail for hundreds of dollars a pound. It is known as "The Champagne of Tea."

      • By excluding string, tags and overwrap on its teabags, Celestial Seasonings eliminates 3,617,0000 pounds of waste each year.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Narrator: It's mass produced by the billion and handled with the care and attention of fine wine. After water, it's the most popular drink on the planet, quenching the world's thirst for it has raised and wrecked empires. It's a drink of the ancient past and the trendy future. Now: Tea, on Modern Marvels.

      • Narrator: Not only does tea have a unique ability to wake up and calm, like wine, the best teas have a extraordinary range and subtlety of tastes. Whether tea time represents a moment of tranquility in the stampede of life or an inexpensive epicurean thrill the human thirst for this benign and inscrutable drink promises to deepen for millennia to come.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        James Norwood Pratt
        Author, New Tea Lover's Treasury

        Peter Goggi
        President, Lipton Royal Estates

        William Barkley Hall
        Partner, Charleston Tea Plantation

        David Bigelow
        Owner, Bigelow Tea

        Roy Fong
        Owner, Imperial Tea Court

        Piya Chatterjee, PhD
        Women's Studies, UC Riverside

        John Cheetham
        Tea Master, Lipton Royal Estates

        Ted Narozny
        Plant Manager, Lipton Tea

        Kay Wright
        Botanical Purchasing Director

        David Ziegert
        Plant Manager, Celestial Seasonings

        Charlie Baden
        Senior Blend Master

        Mark "Dr. Tea" Ukra
        Owner, Tea Garden and Herbal Emporium

        Dr. John C. Reed
        CEO, Burnham Institute for Medical Research

        Dr. Maurizio Pellecchia
        Associate Professor, Burnham Institute for Medical Research

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