nada wrote:More and more these days, it's not such a silly question. As prices rocket and as greed sets in, it's not so difficult to imagine that some farmers may be tempted to use chemical fertilisers on their old trees to increase yield. I've heard of this happening in LBZ this year.
After all, when a few extra kg of maocha can buy you a new motorbike...
That would certainly be a tragedy. LBZ would do themselves a tremendous disfavor by increasing yield at the expense of tradition. Part of the appeal of LBZ of course as you know is its scarcity. Why flood the market with bad tea? I mean, all you have to do is sell your maocha, and some enterprising tea maker will just cut it with other growths and label it LBZ. Think Columbian
Not that they are not already doing this.