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November 11, 2009

Monkey-Picked Tea


From the website:


Monkey-Picked Tea

This rare Chinese tea is carefully picked by specially-trained monkeys in a remote mountain region of China.

Legend has it that monkeys were first used to collect tea 10 centuries ago after one monkey, seeing its master trying to reach some tea growing wild on a mountain face, climbed up the steep face and collected the tea growing there and brought it down to his master.

This wild tea was considered so delicious that other people began to train monkeys to collect it.

Nowadays the practice of monkeys picking tea has all but died out except in one small remote village where they still continue this remarkable tradition.

No monkeys are harmed or mistreated in order for us to bring this rare brew to you.

In fact, the monkeys and their ancestors before them have been doing this job for generations and are treated as respected members of their human keepers' families.



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There´s a coffee bean from Indonesia that is extracted from Monkey poo. True.

Posted by: gina | Nov 12, 2009 1:02:23 PM

"Take your stinking paws off my tea, you damn dirty ape!"

Posted by: Joe Peach | Nov 11, 2009 5:12:18 PM

Also available from ThinkGeek for USAdians at $19.99.

57g (or 2oz) is enough for about 30 cups of tea, in the old-school 8oz meaning of the word cup.

Posted by: Mary Sue | Nov 11, 2009 12:35:19 PM

Quite a remarkable tradition it certainly has been, but something tells me there is monkey business going on with pricing at £12.00 GBP for only NET WT. 57G.

Posted by: Vigilis | Nov 11, 2009 11:31:36 AM

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