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Ever see a cup of tea interrogated? Watch this

January 23, 2009 | 11:59 am

We recently asked whether tea was the new coffee -- and boy, did we get a debate brewing.

Many of you offered advice on how to make the perfect cuppa. And some of you scoffed at the very idea that coffee could be outdone. Yet there is something about tea right now. Our new president drinks it. And since everyone seems to want to get a piece of Barack Obama — be it art or other merchandise, perhaps more Americans will be inspired to sip the leafy beverage.

The tea industry certainly hopes so.

The Tea Council of the USA recently held its annual Calm-A-Sutra video contest, in which the organization ask students to submit two-minute videos that educate viewers about the health benefits of tea. The grand prize is a $20,000 scholarship. Not bad, eh?

The most recent winner was John Ford, a student at the American Film Institute here in L.A.

Check out his short, “Interrogation.”

'Cause if we really wanted to get to the bottom of tea’s health benefits, why not ask the tea itself, right?

-- Lori Kozlowski