Michael Flanagan's Reviews > For All the Tea in China: Espionage, Empire and the Secret Formula for the World's Favourite Drink

For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose
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Jul 26, 10

really liked it
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Read from July 21 to 26, 2010

After reading this book I will never look at a cup of tea the same way again. A book of industrial espionage and outright skulduggery the story of tea and its globalisation is bought to life upon the page. Sarah Rose tells the story of Robert Fortune and his employer The East Indian Trading Company. His mission to steal the secret of tea from the Chinese and end their monopoly on the market. This book is an intriguing and engaging read into the little known history of tea. I found myself fascinated by this book and in turn tea. I am off now to track down a nice cup of Da Hong Poa!
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