Starbucks to grow coffee in China
Starbucks will grow coffee in the Yunnan province of China.
Tea trade in China and Tibet (book)
Michael Freeman, The Tea Horse Road: China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet (River Books, forthcoming 2011).
Drink in Beijing and Shanghai (dissertation)
Hui Cheng, "A Tale of Two Cities: Drinking Practices and Problems in Two Metropolitan Cities in China, Beijing and Shanghai" (Ph.D. dissertation, Michigan State University, 2009).
Tobacco in China (book)
Carol A. Benedict, Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 (University of California Press, forthcoming 2011).
China's coffee cultureForbes reports on China's coffee culture. Coffee shops are mostly confined to big coastal cities, and coffee is expensive. In rural areas coffee lovers best carry there own packets of instant. For more, see here.
Introducing Chinese tea to India (book review)Adrian Higgins, in Washington Post, March 28, 2010), reviewing Sarah Rose, For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History. In fact, it was a Scotsman Robert Fortune (1812-1880) who smuggled tea plants out of China to create tea plantations in India.
China's chocolate Great Wall, with 560 chocolate terracotta-styled warriorsChina imported 85 tons of Belgian chocolate to create near the Olympic site a chocolate wonderland. It includes (in dark chocolate, with white chocolate as mortar) the Great Wall of China and much else more, such as an army of 560 chocolate soldiers modeled on the famous terracotta warriors. For more, see here. The chocolate wonderland is both a tourist attraction and a way of encouraging the Chinese (who eat very little chocolate) to acquire a taste for it.
Stone age rocked if you liked your liquorArchaeologist Patrick McGovern reports that in 9000 BCE, long before the invention of the wheel, people in northern China created a fermented drink, a kind of mead using honey and fruit, that was 10% alcohol. For more, see here.
Tea, China, and England (book)
Sarah Rose, For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink from China and Changed World History (Viking Adult, forthcoming, 2010).
More opium conference papers
World History Association conference, Salem, Massachusetts, June 25-28, 2009.