OK, tea businesses I frequent, I know that you pride yourself on “going native”. You travel half-way around world to get the fresh, rare, and artisanal products that you hope your customers will appreciate as much as you do. You brave dirt roads, mosquito bites, and rural toiletry. You go far from home; you embrace the thousand-years history behind tea’s cultures; you do much to shed the western image of tea as that stale tin one gets from the grocery store.
For all that you do, may I ask you do one more thing? May I ask that you be an American just this one time? May I ask that you celebrate Black Friday with the full enthusiasm & consumerism dredged up from the depths of the American corporate soul? May I ask that you put your teas on sale the coming Friday? Please? Just this once? Sales — that most American of our sacred traditions — they make my heart sing so.
Update 11/21/11: Woo-hoo!