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Is tea a democratic product?

About 5 weeks ago, Kevin Gascoyne said in his characteristic humble way in an interesting and very informative interview on Talking Tea: "Tea is a democratic product." I know excactly what he means: everybody can drink a tea; it´s global availabilty that allows it; you can find tea on Samoa Island in the Pacific and in the Sahel zone of Mali or Niger. And there is tea for all budgets: from cheapest CTC- or dust-tea to highly valued, very expensive loose leaf tea.

But is this democratic? Imagine, poor people can vote in an election only for their "low budget politicians", the middle class for "some better ones", and only millionaires and billionaires can give their votes to a handful of high profile politicians. Would this be a democratic election? No, it wouldn´t! So, why is tea a "democratic product"? In my opinion it is a deeply un-democratic and a "social class"-drink.

Dr. Hans-Juergen Langenbahn
Dr. Hans-Juergen Langenbahn


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