Driving through Vermont today, stopping in a nice little town called Woodstock, and finding a shop called Tea and Coffee House there. It’s nothing that’s going to impress a real tea addict, but it’s really nice to find a shop that tries to provide nice loose leaf tea in a pretty out of the way town. Granted, it’s in the more tree-hugging part of the country with heavy ski tourists in the winter, but still, being able to buy a cup of shuixian (and not too horrid shuixian) from a shop instead of having to bring everything yourself (which I did anyway) was a nice change. If only all towns in the US can say the same. I do think though that over time, the incidence of shops that can provide something more than just basic “English Teatime” Bigelow teabags is going up, and that, I must say, is a really good thing.