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Read the tea leaves.
The tea imported from Szechuen is for the most part of very inferior quality, estimated at 35% tea-leaves and 65% twigs and other material.
Writing of the Tibetan he states: "As a beverage he drinks, all day long, cupfuls of, hot buttered tea, which is really a soup or broth made by boiling tea-leaves with rancid butter and balls of dough, and adding a little salt, and straining - a decoction which was invariably nasty to our taste, though no doubt it is wholesome; for it is not merely a stimulating hot drink in the cold, but overcomes the danger of drinking unboiled water in a country where the water supply is dangerously polluted."
Block that enzyme About one third of the dry weight of green tea leaves is made up of a flavonoid called catechin.
Mr Laver, Oxford use the dregs of the teapot to water house plants as they will benefit from the fermenting tea leaves.
Microsoft may lodge patent lawsuit test case: Linux specialist From the Tea Leaves dept.