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Would you like coffee or tea? “I’ll have tea please, ’cause it’s leaves.”

When asked by the waiter, “Would you like coffee or tea?” my friend replied, “I’ll have tea please, ’cause it’s leaves.”
Their answer always intrigued me.
—Instead of roasting the beans, steep the leaves.—
When I talked about the concern for nature and plants, my friend Seijun Nishihata commented, “When it comes to plants, the beans are their children, and the leaves are themselves.”
Ah! That makes so much sense. I’ve come to appreciate tea even more now.