All in This Tea

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All in This Tea
Directed byLes Blank
Gina Leibrecht
Produced byLes Blank
Gina Leibrecht
CinematographyLes Blank
Edited byGina Leibrecht
Flower Films
Distributed byFlower Films
Release dates
  • April 14, 2007 (2007-04-14) (Ashland)
  • June 27, 2008 (2008-06-27) (United States)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

All in This Tea is a 2007 documentary film co-directed by Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht, about Chinese tea. It follows the American tea connoisseur David Lee Hoffman as he travels to remote tea-growing areas of China. Hoffman attempts to interest Chinese tea growers and distributors in fair trade issues, and explores the importance of terroir and organic growing methods in both the quality and future sustainability of the Chinese tea market.[1][2]

The film premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2007.[3]


The documentary was filmed with a hand-held camera on digital video and is 70 minutes in length.

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 83%, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.[4] As well as entertainment ratings, All in This Tea has been subject to some praises of those in the industry as well as those in the academic world. For example, Kim Stanton, of the University of North Texas Libraries, writing for the Educational Media Reviews Online writes that she "highly recommends" it for those with an interest for food studies, anthropology, business studies, environmental science and studies on modern China.[5] Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht are regularly praised for their passion on the subject.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All In This Tea". Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  2. ^ "All in This Tea – DVD Documentary". Archived from the original on 14 August 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ "All in This Tea | San Francisco Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  4. ^ "All in This Tea (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  5. ^ "All In This Tea | Bullfrog Films: 1-800-543-3764: Environmental DVDs and Educational DVDs". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  6. ^ III, William I. Lengeman (2009-06-15). "Tea Movie Review: All in This Tea". Tea Blog. Retrieved 2019-10-21.

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