HomeHi, there! This is Lindsey "Vee" Goodwin of VeeTea and Copy & Taste. Leading tea tours in NYC and getting into writing about tea was a fantastic journey for me, but now I'm on to other things, like traveling to tea origins around the world, writing about tea full time and consulting on the side. I have a new website which reflects my current work more accurately. You can see what I'm up to these days at Copy & Taste. And although VeeTea is out of date, I wouldn't want to deprive you of its existence. It's here to stay!
Tanzania. Guatemala. Vietnam. Malaysia. Costa Rica. Thailand. These are not countries one would immediately associate with specialty tea production, yet according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they all substantially increased exports of loose tea to the United States between 2007 and 2008.
Now, mainstream specialty tea companies like Adagio and Teavana offer Nepalese tea, and the availability of specialty teas from unusual origins such as Malawi, England and Georgia is on the rise. Some industry observers say shifts in agricultural production are inevitable byproducts of economic and climate change. Regardless of why they emerge, unusual origins offer value buys in tough times and new flavor profiles to delight a growing audience of tea connoisseurs.
Tea has ancient associations with wellness, and it’s only beginning to receive the medical research necessary to prove (or disprove) the many health claims surrounding it. Lindsey Goodwin spoke with Iman Hakim, a physician with multiple advanced degrees, including an MD, in the field of public health. Hakim is currently the endowed chair at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Lindsey Goodwin explores tea businesses’ usage of social networking, photography, video and other Internet marketing methods.