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Liang Junde standing among the bushes of the Tongmu tea gardens holding up a single delicate tea bud.

How Chinese Black Tea Conquered the World (and then China)

Chinese black tea spread to every continent around the world to become the most popular beverage next to water before it was noticed by Chinese tea drinkers. It was always considered damaged tea until the 21st-century tea renaissance. Chinese are drinking black tea for the first time. The quality of the tea being produced now… // MORE


How do Heirloom Tea Cultivars Affect the Price of Tea?

The late celebrated Shifeng Longjing tea master Weng Shangyi showing the Longjing quntizhong tea bushes in his garden. Many of them are over 50 years old. The Weng family has been making tribute tea in this area for generations.

Understanding Quntizhong: China’s Heirloom Tea Plants Among the wide variety of available tea cultivars, where do heirloom plants fit in? The specific variety of tea plant used to make any tea has a big influence on the final product. All of the hundreds of tea cultivars in existence have their own distinct flavors, aromas, and… // MORE


Spring Harvest 2020: Holding to Core Values in an Uncertain World

Close up of four freshly plucked sprigs of Shi Feng Long Jing green tea with one bud and two leaves, held in someone's fingertips.

The best of the Chinese green teas have arrived in Tucson. Spring is always an exciting time for us. We love green tea, and as a category, it is our best seller. Along with our green tea, our best yellow and white teas are also arriving. This year has given us a chance to validate… // MORE