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What started as an impossible dream-to build a café that employs women recovering from prostitution and addiction-is helping to fuel an astonishing movement to bring freedom and fair wages to women producers worldwide where tea and trafficking are linked by oppression and the opiate wars.
Becca Stevens started the Thistle Stop Café to empower women survivors. But when she discovered a connection between café workers and tea laborers overseas, she embarked on a global mission called "Shared Trade" to increase the value of women survivors and producers across the globe.
As she recounts the victories and unexpected challenges of building the café, Becca also sweeps the reader into the world of tea, where timeless rituals transport to an era of beauty and the challenging truths about tea's darker, more violent history. She offers moving reflections of the meaning of tea in our lives, plus recipes for tea blends that readers can make themselves.
In this journey of triumph for impoverished tea laborers, hope for café workers, and insight into the history of tea, Becca sets out to defy the odds and prove that love is the most powerful force for transformation on earth.
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About the Author
BECCA STEVENS is an Episcopal priest serving as chaplain at St. Augustine's at Vanderbilt University. She is the founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, social enterprises for women recovering from violence, prostitution, and addiction. The White House named her a Champion of Change in 2011. The Small Business Council of America named her the Humanitarian of the Year in 2014.
Learn more: BeccaStevens.org
Table of Contents
A Brief Introduction to the World Of Tea 1
Chapter 1 Reading Tea Leaves 9
Chapter 2 Dreaming a Cup of Tea 23
Chapter 3 Drinking Tea in Community 41
Chapter 4 Tea Rituals 55
Chapter 5 Tea's Mysterious Calling 69
Chapter 6 Aromatic Sweet Cups 87
Chapter 7 The Paradise of Tea 99
Chapter 8 Medicinal Tea 113
Chapter 9 A Cup of Understanding 125
Chapter 10 Tea For Two 141
Chapter 11 Tea Resolutions 155
Chapter 12 Tea Retreats 169
Chapter 13 Pouring Out 179
Chapter 14 The Haloed Light of Tea 193
Chapter 15 The Last Drop 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a must-read book for anyone who enjoys tea. Along with the history of tea are stories of those who have been exploited by the growers and sellers. I learned a great deal from it.
Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and chaplain at St Augustine's at Vanderbilt University. Amoung others, she has been honored by the White House - one of fifteen Champions of Change in 2011, and the Small Business Council of America named her Humanitarian of the year 2014. Thistle Farms, her work for many years combatting violence against women in America, sells products from the farm in 380 stores nationwide. The women who farm on Thistle farms are women rescued from abusive childhoods, prostitution, drug abuse, jail time - and on the farms they have been able to get and keep a job, help build their own home, find respect for themselves and achieve peace. The Way of Tea and Justice is Becca Stevens step-by-step journey to set up Thistle Stop Cafe on Thistle Farms, taking her rescue of women in violent situations world wide. A few - not enough - tea brokers world wide are Fair Trade farmers - taking good care of the earth and their workers while producing tea for the world. Becca Stevens would have this number doubled and tripled, the families harvesting and processing teas making a living wage, in decent housing and able to afford medical care. And as a side benefit, she will be able to employ more women off the streets serving Fair Trade teas in the Thistle Stop Cafe. She just has to get it all lined up perfectly between the money men and the producers of tea and the tides of fate. This is an extraordinary look at a modern heroine. Her journey to attain this goal was not easy, but she makes it look like it was. And along the way, she shares with us the best ways to prepare teas, the difference in teas, the history of tea through time, and the ultimate cost of tea to peoples of the world. I found myself anxious to try new Fair Trade teas, and find a source for Thistle Farm craft items. You will, too.