divintea wrote:I don't know much about Ahmad. What's it like? Overrated, apparently!
Ah, time for me to force an annecdote upon you all!
In year 10 (that's the year of school wherein everyone is 15-16) at school, my friends and I stumbled across a recently opened kebab/persian food shop titled "Ahmad's Persian Food". It was a cafe/restaurant which sold all manner of persian delights and also kebabs. It was run by the eponymous Ahmad who was universally described as "the nicest man in Wollongong", Wollongong being the town I live in. He would welcome everyone into his shop without the slightest desire to have them buy anything. He would often lend/give you money to buy you a persian lunch/dinner if you were short of money or hungry. He also stocked chess boards, cards, various other games and tea. All of those things were free to anyone and everyone, whether you were buying something from the store or not. The tea this Iranian man stocked was, naturally, Ahmad tea. He stocked both loose leaf and bagged forms but discouraged his regulars (ie, us) from lowering ourselves to having a tea bag.
As such, my friends and I loved the shop and loved the man. His motto was "It costs nothing to be nice" and I must say, he changed me. His wealth of political and socio-economic knowledge helped shape who I am and it was Ahmad that introduced me into the world of tea in the first place. Ahmad brand ceylon tea will always have a special place in my heart whenever I can get any. Alas, it's SO sparse in Australia and Ahmad (the man) went up to Sydney to get it for the shop. Alas, late last year; Ahmad returned to Iran to be with his parents as they were getting rather sick in their old age. Whilst the shop is virtually dead now, the 'Ahmad spirit', as my friends and I like to say, lives on in all of us. And I really cannot help but smile whenever I'm lucky enough to have some loose leaf Ahmad ceylon tea.
Sorry about the long post