Water, Tea, Coffee
Tea Ceremony
Beverages, Alcohol

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Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo










The first bowl sleekly moistened throat and lips,
The second banished all my loneliness
The third expelled the dullness from my mind,
Sharpening inspiration gained
from all the books I've read.
The fourth brought forth light perspiration,
Dispersing a lifetime's troubles through my pores.
   Lu Tung, Chinese Poet, On Drinking Tea




Tea with us became more than an idealization of the
form of drinking; it is a religion of the art of life.
-   Kakuzo Okakura,  The Book of Tea




The Way of Tea lies in studying the ceremony, in understanding the principles,
and in grasping the reality of things.  These are its three rules.
-   Hosokawa Tadaoki




Shadowless dusk
growing colder -
                                steaming teakettle
-   Mike Garofalo, Cuttings





Tea is not but this.
First you make the water boil,
Then infuse the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know.
-   Sen No-Rikyu





Grapes and Wine - Quotes for Gardeners






Before you study Zen, a bowl is a bowl and tea is tea.  While you are studying Zen,
a bowl is no longer a bowl and tea is no longer tea.  After you've studied Zen, a
bowl is again a bowl and tea is tea.
-  Traditional Zen saying





Water - Quotes for Gardeners





The slavery of the tea and coffee and other slop-kettle
-  William Corbett, Advice to Young Men





The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer.
Egyptian saying (2200 BC)






One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
-  Samuel Johnson





The morning cup of Café Nair is an integral part of the life of a
Creole household. The Creoles hold as a physiological fact that
this custom contributes to longevity, and point, day after day, to
examples of old men and women of fourscore, and over, who
attest to the powerful aid they have received through life from
a good, fragrant cup of coffee in the early morning.
-   The Picayune Creole Cook Book, 1901






Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future.  Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.

-  Thich Nat Hahn






Although my neighbors are all barbarians,
And you, you are a thousand miles away,
There are always two cups on my table.
-   Chinese poem, Tang Dynasty





Herbal Drinks






In vino veritas.
In the vine, the truth.





Each time these blossoms open I recall the friend who gave me the saplings,
And the times we used to stop to drink beneath his trees;
But those springs of twenty years ago are like a dream,
And the wine cups of those days are tea-bowls now.

-   Kisei Reigen, Sipping Tea Before the Blossoms






Daily rain--
           from the deep well
            this glass of water.
                       -  Mike Garofalo, Cuttings





Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops,
and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick,
nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.
-   The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674






Moderately drunk, coffee removes vapours from the brain, occasioned by
fumes of wine, or other strong liquors; eases pains in the head, prevents sour
belchings, and provokes appetite.
England's Happiness Improved (1699)

Coffee Quotations






Food, Eating, Cooking  -  Quotes for Gardeners







Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.
-   Turkish Proverb

Coffee should be black as night, hot as hell, and strong as love.
- A saying from the American South






Suave molecules of Mocha stir up your blood, without causing excess
heat; the organ of thought receives from it a feeling of sympathy; work
becomes easier and you will sit down without distress to your
principal repast which will restore your body and afford
you a calm, delicious night.  
-   Prince Tallyrand (1754-1839)






Journeying to this sacred center may last during the moments in which
we partake of tea - or we may carry it with our being for a day, week,
month, or lifetime.  For tea is more than a sublime beverage.  When
savored with a "tea mind," it becomes a true alchemical brew from
which flows a cornucopia of spiritual sustenance.
-   Deborah Kesten, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul, p. 116






Every gallon must work.
Gardeners dream of water.
The end of the garden is at the end of the hose.
-  Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions






Ho! Ho! Ho! to the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe.
Rain may fall and wind may blow,
An many miles still to go,
But under a tall tree I will lie,
And let the clouds go sailing by.
-   J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, song by Frodo Baggins




After all, coffee is bitter, a flavor from the 
orbidden and dangerous realm. 
-   Diane Ackerman






Links and References




Aromatic Teas and Herbal Infusions.  By Laura Fronty, Yves Duronsoy.  1997. Clarkson Potter, ISBN: 0517708760 

The Book of Herbal Teas : A Guide to Gathering, Brewing, and Drinking.   By Sara Perry and Christopher Irion.  Chronicle Books, 1997.  ISBN: 0811813371.

The Book of Tea.   By Kakuzo Okakura.

Coffee Home Page

Coffee Quotations

Coffee Science Information Center

Coffee Specialties   Over 65 gourmet varieties, regular and decaf, links, FAQ.

Coffee Talk Magazine

Coffee   -  Yahoo Index

Cooking and Food - Quotes for Gardeners

Cooking With Coffee  Coffee history, lore and more.

Coffee Specialties   Over 65 gourmet varieties, regular and decaf, links, FAQ.

Drinking, Cooking, and Coffee Magazines.   Save from 20% to 60%.

Information about Drinking and Food:  Electric Library.

Koffee Korner

Liquor.com    Over 25,000 products. 

Prime Wine    Wines from around the world. 

Starbucks    Coffee Taste Matcher helps you choose the best coffee for you.

Tea  A great selection of teas and teaware; and good information about tea.

Tea   - Yahoo Index

Wine and Grapes - Quotes for Gardeners

Zen and the Art of Tea by D. T. Suzuki





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