Confronting counterfeit tea: examples from Taiwan
First we will briefly discuss the difference between "authentic" and "counterfeit" as it applies to tea. Next we examine the scope of counterfeiting in the tea industry and then turn attention to the case of Taiwan. We'll look at instances of adulteration of teas and of "passing off" on the appellation of some tea in Taiwan. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine and taste both authentic and counterfeit teas that claim Taiwanese provenance. Finally, we look at some of the ways to avoid the counterfeit tea trap.
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