Great Teas for Everyday Pleasure is a guide, a conversation and a rescue mission. As a guide, it introduces readers who have only limited knowedge of teas and who mainly buy a few supermarket tea bags to a world of 3,000 whole leaf teas that have a wider range of flavors than red and white wines. As a conversation, it offers informaion and ideas, in a serious but not at all solemn way, on how to locate and buy the four types of great tea -- black, oolong, green and white - what we reliably know about their health benefits of and caffeine in tea, and how to get real value for your money, mainly through online buying. As a rescue mission, it saves readers from the many mediocre and overpriced tea bags flooding the supermarket shelf, from poor quality but "good for you" powdered green teas, and from the snobbery that put so many people off from trying really special teas. Great Teas is organized in three Parts, each with four to five succinct chapters. Part I is about how to find great teas and get value for money. Part II describes close to 50 teas, under three categories: (1) Everyday Necessities that you should have on hand for your breakfast and daily routines, at a cost of just 20 cents a cup, (2) Exotics: more unusual ones for you to try out and that may introduce you to entirely new flavors and sourced of everyday pleasure, (3) Luxury Zowies, slightly more expensive teas - but still costing pennies a cup - that are the peak of the hand-picked, artisan-crafted tradition of great teas, and (4) Maybes: teas that you may or may not like and that are all somewhat dfferent from the others. The teas include ones from China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Kenya and Japan. Many have evocative names, such as Iron Goddess of Mercy, Oriental Beauty, Purple Bamboo, Golden Turtle, Dragonwell, Sencha, Eyebrow, and Silver Needle. Great Teas demystifies the language, methods and marketing of tea. It includes short "Asides" on such topics as The Fair Trade movement that is leading the efforts to reduce the poery of agricultural workers, including those in tea plantations, the Japanese tea ceremony, and trends in the global tea industry. It provides a Glossary of Terms. Great Teas is written to be both useful interesting and entertaining. It is packed with ideas, examples, practical advice and personal opinions, some of which you may disagree with. It punctures many of the myths about tea, most of which are tricks of the marketing trade.It is fairly scathing about most tea bags, in terms of price, quality and flavor. The logic of Great Teas is that if you enjoy these, why not try a great whole leaf tea, which is often less pricy, as well as always more flavorful than its tea bagged equivalent and just as convenient to brew; you can always go back to the bag but it's far more likely that you will find a green tea that is good for you and tastes superb, a white tea that has even less caffeine and more health benefits, an oolong where you luxuriate in its complexity of aroma and taste, or a black that varies from delicate to powerhouse. And then you can move on to pu-ehr teas, Camel's Breath, rock oolongs, yellow tea, Adam's Peak..... you have thousands of choices online, at your fingertips.