This book was sent to me promotionally by the publisher, 27Press, back on its first printing in 2012. The publisher appears to be now defunct, but at the time, they specialized in short books focused on food and drink topics, including teas and whiskeys.
19 Lessons On Tea provides a concise and straightforward accounting of various introductory tea-related topics, from defining what tea is to differences in brewing styles and product types (bagged vs loose) and related terminology.
I particularly like a couple of the shorter lessons focused on Regions and Rituals (15), Teapots (13), Tea Accessories (14), and Pairing Tea With Food (16).
The pairing tea and food lesson may be one of the shortest, just two pages. But it does a great job distilling what could be an entire book on its own, down to its most simple form.
The book is informative, if a bit short and simple.
This is a good read for those just starting their tea journey and is easy on a commute or over a lunch break or two.
While 27 Press appears to be defunct, their books, including 19 Lessons on Tea, remain available via Amazon. The Kindle Edition is free at the time of writing, and the paperback is just $10.
This is a good stocking stuffer for an aspiring tea drinker in your circle of friends and family.
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