All in This Tea (2007)



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David Lee Hoffman is a man who has devoted his life to tea. Hoffman is an importer who brings unusual varieties of tea to discerning drinkers in the United States, specializing in teas that have been grown organically and picked and dried by hand by growers who use experience and instinct as their guides. However, the bulk of Hoffman's most prized teas are grown by independent farmers in China, where the growth of industrialization and an increased demand for higher-yield cash crops is helping to put such planters out of business. Filmmakers Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht offer an in-depth portrait of Hoffman and the growers he works with in the documentary All in This Tea, which demonstrates how handcrafted teas are produced and how Hoffman struggles to educate drinkers about the finer points of a beverage that few have experienced in its most sublime form. All in This Tea was screened in competition at the 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival.
Documentary , Special Interest
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All in This Tea is a delicious documentary about a beverage.

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
New York Times
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The film is both delightful and informative at every turn.

Full Review… | June 25, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film's quick-and-dirty verite yields some delightful caught moments, steeped in historical footnotes that only enhance.

Full Review… | June 25, 2008
Village Voice
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Brisk and agreeable, a handcrafted ode to the brew that is the beverage of choice where the Chinese, among many others, are concerned.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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A valuable addition to the growing canon of slow-food films for our fast-food nation.

Full Review… | March 13, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Les Blank's profile of tea aficionado David Lee Hoffman will send every single viewer out the door toward the nearest teahouse with its infectious enthusiasm for the good life.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

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