From Red Rose to Rarefied Matcha

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I grew up with Red Rose tea bags, a blend of black and orange pekoe teas ┬áMy mother liked to make a cup in the evenings, after dinner, and I felt sophisticated whenever I joined her for a cup. She bought the 100-bag box at our local grocery store, and couldn’t have (wouldn’t have) paid more than five dollars for it (and this was 1970s dollars). Pennies per bag was my frame.

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