Tea From Family 暖心的「家人茶」
I ordered some tea from Righteous Tea a while ago. Benjamin Jiang, the owner of Righteous Tea told me that the tea would be delivered directly from Taiwan, where his tea grows and was harvested and produced.
Yesterday I received a package from Taiwan. Then I opened the standard square box of the post office, I was surprised by what I saw: The tea packages were put into cloth bags which looked like family made, not those commercial boxes you usually get when you buy tea from the supermarket or shops. Even the strings of the bags are cotton ones.
I immediately fell in love with the whole thing. The way the tea bags were packed made me feel like I was receiving some gifts from family, instead of some commodities you can buy everywhere with money.
And strangely, Benjamin Jiang does feel like family to me, although I have never met him or talked to him in person. I cannot even claim that I know him. But somehow I just feel that he is family, perhaps partly by looking at his photos and reading his posts on the Facebook. Another reason could be that my sister Ariel Tian called him family. Your family’s family is also your family, right?
奇怪的是，雖然我與 Benjamin Jiang從示謀面、從未講過話，甚至我也不能說我認識他，但在臉書上看過他的照片、讀到他的一些帖子，特別是聽我家妹妹 Ariel Tian 叫他家人後，我也覺得他像是家人。他敦厚的臉和敦厚的笑容讓我覺得好靠譜啊。
And mostly importantly, I tasted the tea for the first time this morning. It smells and tastes so good: Sweet, fresh and refreshing. It even makes you feel being loved and caressed... It is really a blessing to be able to drink fresh and good tea from Taiwan in the US. If you order from Righteous Tea , the postage is no more than what you pay when you order things from Amazon.
I don’t know whether this is a good or bad thing. Years ago, in 2004, when I went to Taiwan to release the Chinese version of my memoir Witnessing History, I was invited by Mr. Lee Teng-hui, former president of the Republic of China, to his house. After I gave him a copy of my book as a gift, he also presented several copies of his books to me, as well as some Taiwanese tea.
I must admit that was the first time I ever tasted some good tea. The consequence was, since I drank the tea given to me by Mr. Lee Teng-hui, I could never bear to drink any bad tea any more.
So, that's why I am taking so much trouble in writing this post. I guess many people are as picky as me; and find it hard to find good tea in overseas countries. The tea one can get from the shops is usually too "old" and not fresh at all.
Finally, shall I seek some "advertising" fee from Benjamin Jiang? Probably not, as you don't do that to your family, right? Especially when he doesn't know I am doing this at all.