!!!! How did I miss this topic!!!???????? HOW!!!!!!???????????
I'm growing tea myself. From seeds.
Even if the tea is not very good, or the plants die, I WOULD NOT trade this experience for $1mill. I really wouldn't.
Where doyou live? Someone over on steepster started tea across america a few months ago and now someone in Alaska has a tea plant ( yes! Alaska!)
If you want to know where to get plants/seeds then I know of two good places ( camforest.com has tea seeds from china, Korea, Japan, and even a pink tea plant! $3.00 x 5 seeds + flat rate $4 shipping 7 total, or $10 for 10 seeds)
I haven't gotten to harvest anything yet but I am trying to take this one step at a time, grow plants, keep them alive, then worry about processing.
I think the first tea I will process will be black as that is harder to mess up! I wonder what shin cha black tea will taste like?
I think you should give it a try, they are finicky but if you take good care of them they are " sweet" little plants. I have tons of growing resources I you need them. If my laptop were not broken I'd post the links from the agricultural place in hawaii.
I highly encourage you to give it a try. Because honestly which are you going to beat yourself up for five years from now? That you bought some seeds and they died? Or that you never even bought the seeds ( or a plant) and tried?