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According to the Charleston Daily Mail Dr. Hassan Amjad, who is the organizer of the fifth annual Summertime Appalachian Tea Festival said ‘Tea bags are blasphemy, people who drink from tea bags have never tasted tea. We brew tea from real tea leaves.”

Dr. Amjad, who is a cancer specialist in Beckley, also has a lifelong interest in herbal medicine and how people’s lifestyles influence their health. He touts the health benefits of tea to his patients and the public.

“If you drink tea, you live longer. You have less cancer and heart disease,” he says. “If you change one thing in life, start drinking tea.”

This weekend, West Virginians will have the chance to sample a variety of expertly mixed and brewed teas from a true tea aficionado.