Tea Mail – June 2006

Seven Cups Dear Seven Cups Tea Club Members,

I hope you all have had a good month. I’m back from China and things have been crazy busy since I got back, except the nine hours I spent in the San Francisco airport. We have more 2006 teas available, and they are arriving here almost weekly, so check back with us from time to time. I took a couple of thousand photo’s and filmed numerous interviews with tea masters that we hope to have on line in the next couple of months. (It may take that long just for me to organize them, so please be patient with me.) We are redesigning our website and hope to have that completed before the end of June. For those of you that live close by we will being presenting some lectures on tea and Chinese culture, along with some classical Chinese music at our tea house this summer.

We are proud to be the first company to have imported An Ji Bai Cha. This is the most sought after rare green tea in China. Please read more about it online. It is really special. We have our ‘drink everyday’ green tea on sale this month. Our 2006 Silver Needle white tea is here. (Sorry we didn’t have any extra to put on sale.) Our white tea producer has been certified organic. When we started in the tea business there were only five producers in China that had organic certification, now there are hundreds. It’s nice to see this trend, although I still feel it is important to visit the producers and deal directly with them and not tea traders to insure that the tea is what it is supposed to be.

Thanks for all the support that you have given us over the month. We really appreciate it and love to hear from you. Please don’t feel shy about asking us questions.

Best wishes from all of us at Sevencups/Green Dragon Enterprises, Zhuping, Keiko, Josh & Julian (our kids), Ellen, Bob, Tim, and Christine (in America) and Lina and Leo (in China).

- Austin