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December 20, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: Monkey-picked tea

MonkeypickedThis tea boasts that it's "monkey-picked." Am I missing something here? (All I can think of monkeys picking is lice...)


lookin like some engrish to me. but if not...

Posted by: gmangw at December 20, 2005 12:32 AM

that has disturbed me to the point of insanity. there. I am insane now.

this episode of sprockets brought to by foojoy's monkey-picked tea. it's what my monkey would pick if he wasn't so limited.

would you like to touch my monkey? touch him! love him! rühren mein affe. lieben meine affe-monkey!

Posted by: dieter at December 20, 2005 12:56 AM

This is a historical term. The Chinese used to employ trained monkeys to harvest certain teas which grew wild in inaccessible locations (such as on a cliff-face). In the modern world, this is no longer the case because tea is grown as a crop, like most other agricultural products.

"Monkey-picked" has become an anachronism; today it is attached to teas that are marketed as high-quality (and, of course, high-price).

Posted by: Dan at December 20, 2005 02:32 AM

For eal why would that make it more desirable I think about Monkeys picking thier noses and butts then picking my tea, yick !

Posted by: Ashley Bowers at December 20, 2005 02:42 AM

ashley u know farmers use poop and pee etc. to make their crops grow better? so if monkeys pick their noses and buts think about the framers and what they use!!!

Posted by: jd1251 at December 20, 2005 05:04 AM

ashley u know farmers use poop and pee etc. to make their crops grow better? so if monkeys pick their noses and buts think about the framers and what they use!!!

Posted by: jd1251 at December 20, 2005 05:05 AM

If that doesn't appeal, you really don't want to know about Weasel Coffee.

Posted by: Zero Piraeus at December 20, 2005 06:33 AM

I've had Foojoy Oolong (Monkey Picked!) and it was pretty decent.

Posted by: Adam Vandenberg at December 20, 2005 09:05 AM

A quick Google reveals that monkey picked tea is precisely that. Tea picked by trained monkeys.

As another commenter noted, the "weasel coffee", as well as the similar "civet coffee", are much more distrubing.

Posted by: Steve at December 20, 2005 09:29 AM

Huh. Just last night I was at Ruby Foo's and I ordered some "monkey-picked" tea. I thought it was just a whimsical name, like my woman's order of "nameless tea". I regret not asking if my tea was truly picked by monkey.

Posted by: Jonathan Harford at December 20, 2005 09:49 AM

At least it's untouched by human hands ...

Besides, would you want to drink tea that a monkey *refused* to touch?

Posted by: E.T. at December 20, 2005 11:17 AM

Plus, monkeys work cheap.

Posted by: fluffy at December 20, 2005 12:08 PM

I'll take that as warning...not a feature.

Posted by: fosin at December 20, 2005 06:03 PM

Probaly not a mistake.. after all there is an exotic coffee($150 a pound) that is collected from the Feces of the civet cat...

Posted by: infinity at December 20, 2005 10:43 PM

The comments on this entry so far have told me more than I ever wanted to know...

Posted by: Alden Bates at December 20, 2005 11:41 PM

I agree with Alden. A definite "information overload". Wish I had eaten breakfast before reading all this.

Posted by: Pal at December 22, 2005 09:52 AM

Have you ever eaten HONEY? How about CATFISH, LOBSTER, or CLAMS? HOT DOG? HAGGIS? Do you believe in the 5-SECOND RULE?

If so, how can you complain about a monkey touching your food?

Posted by: Boris die Spinne at December 22, 2005 07:06 PM

You know when some people say 'a monkey can do this job'? Well aparently sometimes that is just the case.

Posted by: Eva at December 27, 2005 09:11 AM

I like the plastic jug of Coffee-Mate behind the Monkey Picked tea. There's just nothing like a $1.59/pound synthetic additive to really bring out the flavor of $100/oz. tea.

Posted by: Pat at December 27, 2005 03:59 PM

Oh, and I have eaten Haggis. Wonderful stuff. The best reaction I ever got by telling someone about Haggis was a guy who, after hearing all about the ingredients and preparation, deadpanned "But I really don't like oatmeal."

Posted by: Pat at December 27, 2005 05:26 PM

Uhh... maybe it was translated and could mean someting else? or maybe it's a "native" saying ("Native" being to the country it was created in.)

Posted by: Krazy Kid at January 2, 2006 12:19 PM

Since really good tea is actually the "bud and two leaves" from the growing tips of branches, monkeys would waste a lot of it. When there was a lot of wild tea, that might have been acceptable, but- really- monkeys are no longer employed for this purpose. Some teas of this type sell for upwards of $45,000 per pound- not a typo- and that's no monkey business. The can pictured above is at the "low end" of Ti-Kuan-Yin; and it's still really good compared to what most of us drink.

My current supply of this variety runs about $180.00 a pound- but I get at least four really good pots of tea from one rounded tablespoon of leaves.

Is it worth it? After thirty years of tea-drinking, yeah, it is to me. But try the Foo-Joy stuff, at least- it totally kicks ass on Lipton, Twining, Bigelow, etc....and monkeys will fly out my butt before they pick tea in China.

Posted by: Craig at January 31, 2006 10:42 PM

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