Literary Nonfiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Food. Travel. THE MEANING OF TEA explores the calm and purposeful nature of tea through the words of tea growers, tasters, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, scholars and experts from eight countries. Through more than 50 interviews, these engaging characters reveal a remarkable reverence for the plant, the ceremony, the manufacturing, the distribution of tea, as well as its ability to bring peace, calm, health, friendship, and often wisdom into their lives. Inspired by Scott Chamberlin Hoyt's lyrical documentary film of the same name and edited with extensive commentary by author Phil Cousineau, THE MEANING OF TEA is at its heart a journey to connect with the vital forces that infuse tea with meaning around the modern world.