The tea arrives and it looks like this.
Andy pauses in his story as the server explains how it works:
The hot water is poured over the leaves.
This is allowed to sit.
The water is then poured through the strainer into the pitcher.
Then into our tiny bowls
(which make my hands feel large and cumbersome).
We are astounded when the tea tastes like green beans.
It tastes like it should be eaten and not drunk.
We sip and talk for a few hours,
sitting on cushions, cross-legged, until my back starts to ache
And I wonder how tea ceremonies are withstood by those with lower back pain.
Icy Hot pads, I’m guessing.