Tea in Geneva

It is all but impossible to get decent tea English style here. It is generally a Lipton’s teabag in a glass with UHT milk. IE it fails in every possible way.

On the other hand, there seems to be a genuine interest in Chinese tea and I regularly go past cafes offering exotic menus of expensive Chinese teas. I haven’t tried any yet, but I have spotted a shop selling a great variety of Chinese teas and I will be investing. I’m just not sure in what as everything has different names from what I’m used to. My favourite everyday teas in Melbourne are China White and Buddha’s Tears. What are they here in Genevan French??? Or maybe I have to discover something new.

I will report.


2 thoughts on “Tea in Geneva

  1. long jing (also sp. loong j/ching/g) 龙井 in simplified characters, 龍井 in traditional – traditional characters being much favoured on the mainland by designers of packaging & signs- is perhaps China’s most internally famous tea & certainly a very pleasant drink if you find a good blend.

    tie k/guan yin (probably more possible spellings) 鐵觀音(traditional),铁观音 (simplified) is also well known, popular/cheaper tea.

    Pu er(h) ( 普洱), was the basis of a “tea bubble” when I was there in 2008/09; it’s one of the very few fermented teas drunk in China, and because it’s fermented through age it’s possible to load it up with all the rhetoric of connoisseurship one expects from wine drinkers; pricing to match; and fraud like you would not believe. Then the bubble burst with the GFC and left whole tranches of farmers in Yunnan mortgaged through the back door for a suddenly worthless crop. All part of the simple fun of the free market.

    Good pu’er is fantastic, it’s true -whether there’s a difference between 10 year old leaves aged in a cave on the north side of a mountain vs. 1 year old aged in the roof of a farmers hut, I’m not competent to say. But with hot spicy food, can’t beat it.


  2. Larmes du Bouddha, perhaps for the second one? That’s a direct translation, of course, so may not work, but worth a try (esp if the vendor is an actual Chinese person).


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