Tea Time with Couch Surfers16 September 2013
Are you guys on Couch Surfing yet? If not, you should really get working on your profile. Not only is it a great way to meet locals while you travel, but it can also help you meet up with people passing through your area. Like the other day when I was contacted by a couch surfer visiting from New York who was actually only a couple minutes north of me.
We originally planned to go up into the mountains but the rain cancelled those plans. Instead we went to Boulder and toured the Celestial Seasonings tea factory.
I was kind of timid about suggesting a tour of a tea factory for her last day in Colorado. I mean, I love stuff like this but I wasn't sure how she would feel. Luckily she said yes and after a quick lunch we set out with another couch surfer and headed to the factory.
|the ticket for the tour was a tea bag!|
After that we were corralled into a small theater room where we learned the history of the factory. Apparently, for the first couple decades, they never actually made tea. The tea bags they produced at first contained flowers, herbs, roots, and tree barks collected from the local forests but because there was no tea plant in them, they are technically herbal infusions. As the company grew they began importing tea leaves and expanded from a barn to a state of the art facility.
Also, the video mentioned that they have people travel all around the world to find new ingredients for their teas and work with local farmers. Honestly, I can't think of a more perfect job. If only I had pursued a botany degree, I could be in China right now, sampling teas. Can you imagine?
|our lovely hair nets for the tour|
In the end it was a great time and I was so happy Cassandra contacted me on couchsurfing.org cause otherwise I would have just spent that day alone in my apartment. She really inspired me to start using Couch Surfing more- not just for travel but for connect with others. Already I'm using it to plan a road trip. We'll see how that goes!
Have you ever been on a factory tour before?