Posts By: Austin Hodge

WuYi Shan Harvest inside the Reserve

Dahongpao, A New Chinese Tea Bubble?

“Since the middle of last year, the report says, prices of certain types of Da Hong Pao have increased tenfold. According to one expert interviewed by CCTV, the wholesale price for mid-range varieties of the tea has risen from between 200 and 400 yuan to around 4,000 yuan per kilogram, with retail prices reaching 20,000 yuan or more…


A Fisherman piece beside a yixing pot with a red filter

Cold Winters, Floods, and the Price of Tea

It is just about that time of year when we start asking ourselves why we started a tea business in Tucson. The monsoons are hovering in the evening, sparing a drop or two, providing just enough humidity to stop evaporative coolers from working. Today it is raining hard and roofs all over Tucson are leaking…


World Tea Expo taster

2 Years, Too Much: Perspectives on the U.S. Tea Industry

I was asked many months ago to write about my experience with the tea industry for this blog; I have had so little time and it has taken me a long time to put my thoughts together… even now I am not sure I have done the best job, but this is more or less the story of what happened with my blog, authori-tea.com.



Purple bamboo shoot

Gu Zhu Zi Sun (Purple Bamboo Shoot)

In the Gu Zhu Valley rests the origins of documented Chinese Tea Culture, for it is the place where Lu Yu managed the Emperor’s tea factory during the Tang Dynasty. He did so for twenty years while he wrote the first book about tea and tea culture…


Anji Bai Cha withering

Early Spring Green Tea Arrivals

I am a green tea lover, so there is nothing that gives me more of a thrill that the arrival of the first green teas. For the last two years I have been here in Tucson waiting like everyone else for the tea to arrive…




Oldest Longjing master in Shifeng peak_preview

Before the Harvest in Hangzhou

I’m behind on posting for the Green Tea Tour. Please forgive while I catch up. The tour stayed in Hangzhou for a couple of days and sent these photos back. The tea was just beginning to be harvested because of temperatures way below what is normal for this time of year. Hangzhou is the modern center of Chinese Tea Culture.



Wang Qiang Zhen

Mo Gan Shan & Rare Female Tea Makers

Yellow tea is rare, but the rarest is Mo Gan Huang Ya. The fifth day of our tour was visiting Mo Gan Shan where this tea is made. Mo Gan Shan is next to the city of Deqing about 30 minutes from Hangzhou. Also it is rare in China for the tea maker to be woman. Wang Qiang Zhen is one of the very few women that is master tea maker…




LuYu Tea Museum

Silk Origins & Golden Ages

Our Green Tea Tour is underway and here are some photos that Tang Le sent me last night. They are in Changxing in Zhejiang province. Changxing is just south of Tai Lake about 1.5 hours west of Shanghai.


Austin drinking mao cha loose green puer tea in a village house.

Mediocritea

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to China. I was sent a ticket by a Chinese corporation that is thinking about opening a chain of retail tea shops. Their plan is to create a ‘tea beverage’ and they want a trustworthy supplier…


the piling segment of black puer tea production

The Safety of Chinese Teas

Recently I sent out a newsletter that had a picture of puer being fermented. Someone sent me an email that said that the photo was not appropriate for people who were already afraid about the safety of Chinese products.I can understand why that might be a perception commonly held…



NYT Tim Arango Oct. 5, 2009 article publication picture

Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure

This is a ruling I’m glad to see. We have been on-line for 7 years, and we have seen a lot of things change. A lot of the changes have been great, but I haven’t seen an explosion in integrity. I have seen some awful things, like the websites that have been selling cheap oolong… // MORE


China Daily featured photo for article Tempest over tea: What is the true Puer?

Tempest over tea: What is the true Puer?

Seven Cups is gearing up for another trip to Yunnan. The article “Tempest over tea: What is the true Puer?” from the China daily seems especially relevant. It talks about the first fallout from China’s new tea export laws.  We’re sure this is the beginning of many controversies to come since China is trying to… // MORE


Shi Feng Dragon Well - Master Weng Shang Yi

Shi Feng Long Jing – Dragon Well country

We recently visited Hangzhou, which has become the modern national capital for trade groups and various governing bodies. Hangzhou is completely different than the bamboo forests we’ve been living in these past few days. It’s cosmopolitan and reminds us of France with tree-lined streets. In the morning, we watched Mr. Weng Shang Yi (Shi Feng… // MORE




Tea on a tray

National Standard of Puer Tea Put into Practice

On a Beijing Review article China has set a standard for Chinese puer production that limits the use of the word puer to it’s native growing areas. This standard includes Kunming even though tea is not grown in the Kunming area. I’m not sure how meaningful this standard is in relationship to the domestic market, but… // MORE



Image from The National Newspaper

Article by Karen Attwood of The National Newspaper

Peacefulness through a bowl of tea Peacefulness through tea! This from Abu Dhabi. This is a great story. It is interesting to note that the Islamic countries consume 25% of the world’s tea. Below is the image and article by Karen Attwood taken directly from the website for The National Newspaper.   ABU DHABI // When Hounsai… // MORE



黄片 Huang Pian _preview

News From China

Reporting from our Changxing Office in Zhejiang I’m writing from our recently opened office in Changxing, in Zhejiang. Changxing just a short drive away from Guzhu Mountain where Luyu supervised tea production for the Tang emperor, while he composed the first book about tea, while he lived and died in nearby Huzhou. This area is… // MORE


Gong Fu Tea Ceremony with Keiko

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and special guest Keiko Naito, manager of Seven Cups teahouse, demonstrating gong fu tea ceremony. Today’s topic: Gong Fu-Oolong Tea Ceremony (short version) Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested… // MORE


Traditional Matcha service

History of Matcha | How to Make Matcha

What’s In this Video We briefly cover the historical background of matcha, its qualities, and how to brew it. If you are seeking more in-depth instruction for making matcha, please visit the Brewing Guidelines section of our Shade-grown Matcha page. A Little On Matcha Matcha tea is finely ground or pulverized powder of processed green tea… // MORE