Last week I visited Louisville and our production plant there. Once a quarter I try and get out to each plant to see how they are doing and offer assistance wherever possible. This year I want to see the Bigelow “bed” which has been built to participate in the Kentucky Derby Bed knobs and Broomsticks bed race. Businesses from around Louisville build and then push their beds through a course to see who has the best design and the fastest. The Louisville plant has been participating for several years and has been close to winning a couple of times but has not taken 1st yet, may be this year. While this might not have anything to do with making tea bags, it sure is a fun activity for all of those that participate.
For me, leafing through a recently-released compendium of teas with many first-flush single-origin varieties is akin to salivating over those luscious photos of vegetables in a seed-seller’s catalogue: Each entry promising something new, summoning a hopeful if guarded belief in Nature and the growing conditions of my garden. What will the … Continue reading