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Two people hovering over a table of about a dozen brewed teas for comparative tasting, only their arms in view.

How do you learn the difference between tea terroir, plant variety and processes?

Newsletter Archive Aug. 26, 2022 We’re featuring six teas this week that are perfect for comparative tasting: that’s black teas Zui Chun Fang (Drunken Peach) and Dianhong Gongfu; wulongs Jin Guanyin (Golden Tieguanyin) and Chuantong Tieguanyin (Traditional Tieguanyin); and green teas Ming Qian Anji Baicha (Early Harvest Anji) and Mao Jian (Misty New Top). People… // MORE


Close view of a painted white gaiwan held up in both hands to show the tea leaves and jasmine petals brewing inside, holding the lid open with one hand and bracing the saucer in the other.

The Favorite Daughters of Sichuan

Newsletter Archive Aug. 19, 2022 This weekend we’re featuring all jasmine teas, all gaiwan and all tea accessories. Born of Sichuan, humble and sophisticated, ancient and modern: a well-used Gaiwan exudes charm and commands reverence. As the legend goes, the first gaiwan was designed by the daughter of a Tang Dynasty Provincial Governor. In the damp… // MORE


A purplish rock on a plate, next to a sculpted yixing teapot and clay teacup.

Yixing and Yancha: A Natural Pair

Newsletter Archive Aug. 12, 2022 This weekend, we’re featuring all Yixing teaware. Need something to brew in that handsome new teapot? We recommend these three classics of Wuyi Rock Wulong: Rougui (Cassia Bark), Shuixian (Narcissus), and Xiao Hong Pao (Little Red Robe). The soils of Wuyishan and Yixing are nearly 400 miles apart from each… // MORE


Two wrapped cakes of puer tea are held above a pile of other puer teas on a wooden table.

Puer tea in your luggage, cellar, or teapot.

Newsletter Archive Aug. 5, 2022 We’re featuring all Puer cakes this weekend. That includes two fresh offerings: the newly restocked Cha Tao (Aged Old Tree) cake and the Jinggu Sheng Xiao Fangzhuan (Little Sheng Jinggu Brick) 2013. As the lore goes, compressed cakes of puer tea came to be in the days of old, when tea… // MORE


In between the rows of bushes in a hillside organic white tea garden, two people hoe weeds. You can see more hills and some buildings in the distance behind them.

The Big Heat: White tea, tall grass, meadow shade.

Newsletter Archive Jul. 29, 2022 This weekend, cool off with Baihao Yinzhen (Silver Needle) 2022 and Bai Mudan (White Peony) 2021 white teas, as well as the Yunnan “white puer” tea, Yue Guang Bai (White Moonlight) 2018 loose leaf. We’re in the thick of Dashu, the Great Heat, the 12th solar term of the traditional… // MORE


Looking up a narrow valley between small volcanic cliffs, filled with short rows of tea bushes and overshaded by trees.

The great teas of Wuyishan and their gaiwan best friend.

Newsletter Archive Jul. 22, 2022 Behold! The Four Famous Bushes of rock Wulong: Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe), Tie Luo Han (Iron Monk), Shui Jin Gui (Golden Water Turtle), and Bai Ji Guan (White Rooster Crest). This weekend, we’re featuring them and their gold standard brewing vessel, the gaiwan. While these four teas have… // MORE


Several pitchers of black tea of different hues lined up on a stainless steel table.

All black tea considered…

Newsletter Archive Jul. 15, 2022 This weekend, we’re featuring our entire catalog of black teas. That includes both centuries-old classic styles like Tongmu Lapsang Souchong and newly crafted experiments like Anji Hong. If you’re up for doing some black tea experiments of your own, also check out our guide for cold-brewing black teas for summer.… // MORE


A hand sprinkling dry green tea leaves into a pint glass of hot water where they sink to the bottom and unfurl. Next to it, a glass gaiwan brewing already opened leaves.

Making tea is not a test.

Newsletter Archive Jul. 8, 2022 The fresh and aromatic 2022 harvest of Qimen Caixia (Sunrise Keemun) black tea is here – a black tea so classic and distinct, tea tasters just describe its bouquet as “the Qimen aroma.” We’re featuring it and 2022 Mengding Ganlu (Sweet Dew) this weekend. Don’t miss this chance to try… // MORE


Long tables covered in fresh Mogan tea leaves withering indoors.

A Yellow Tea for those in the know.

Newsletter Archive Jun. 24, 2022 Mogan Mountain is known for mythic swords, gangsters, and as a place where Chairman Mao once took a nap. Tea is not its historic claim to fame. And yet, it’s home to a tea garden, a tea factory, and a family of tea makers whose tea is so exceptionally good… // MORE


tall pint glass and a short glass pitcher full of brewing pale green tea leaves in bright sunlight, set on a wooden stool in front of vegetation. An arm reaches into frame to stir the leaves in the pint glass into a swirl with a pair of small wooden tea tongs.

Spring still sings: Anji Baicha and Anji Hong

Newsletter Archive Jun. 17, 2022 The pale jade leaves of 2022 Anji Baicha green teas are here. It took longer than usual, but this year’s harvest showed up as sweet and fragrant as a meadow after a rain shower. It’s been a wild season for Anji County. The spring harvest saw high price swings for… // MORE


Close view from above of two wide porcelain cups of dark tea and two display dishes of dry black tea leaves, surrounded by fresh pink bougainvilleas.

Fresh summer peaches and good black tea.

Newsletter Archive Jun. 10, 2022 Zhuping continues to bring in ripe summer peaches from her backyard tree for us here in Tucson, and just in time for the local peach season, 2022’s harvests of Tongmu Zui Chun Fang (Drunken Peach) and Tongmu Lapsang Souchong are here as well. As usual, these two teas come to… // MORE


Brewing two green teas in a tall glass bottle filled with very long green leaves and a round squat pitcher with rounded small single leaves dancing in it, set on a wooden tray next to a classical white and blue Chinese vase.

Strange Days, Strange Teas

Newsletter Archive May 27, 2022 We are proud to present a fresh crop of Tai Ping Houkui and Lu’an Gua Pian, two more green teas from Spring 2022. Both teas were made using unique, traditional and meticulous methods; their styles are so singular and bizarre that they aren’t replicated anywhere else in the tea world.… // MORE


High overhead view of several tea pickers in straw hats among rows of tea bushes, perpendicular to a large bank of blooming pink trees, harvesting Bi Luo Chun green tea in the spring.

The Tiny and The Strong

Newsletter Archive May 20, 2022 Don’t miss the fresh 2022 Bi Luo Chun green tea and 2021 Qimen Caixia black tea now in stock. Have you ever counted the tea leaves in your cup? Do that for Bi Luo Chun and you’ll find nearly 100 bud-and-leaf sprigs in a single gram. That’s 100 times someone… // MORE


Glasses of tea buds infusing in water touch in a toast against a sunny blue sky.

Single buds from two origins.

Newsletter Archive May 13, 2022 This weekend you can try the fresh 2022 harvests of the extraordinarily rare Junshan Yinzhen yellow tea and the widely popular Baihao Yinzhen “Silver Needle” white tea. If you love these teas or are curious to try at the peak of their aroma, now is your time. Both are plucked… // MORE


A woman wearing a smock and tea plucking basket stands beside a red motorcyle in front of a bamboo grove.

Even more spring tea just in time for Mother’s Day.

Newsletter Archive May 6, 2022 The fresh crop has arrived for 2022 Guzhu Zi Sun (Purple Bamboo Shoot), one of our most unique and small-scale green teas. With the release of this new tea, we’re proud to uphold our years-running Mother’s Day tradition of featuring Purple Bamboo Shoot as tea made by a small-but-mighty team… // MORE


A glass pitcher of brewing green tea, a small filled teacup with a single tea sprig floating in the middle, and a small brown paper package of tea leaves with a trailing untied red ribbon around it, all on a bamboo tray surrounded by green and red bamboo-like leaves of a plant.

Spring tea (at last.)

Newsletter Archive Apr. 29, 2022 2022 Spring teas are here at a last. As per our tradition, we’re immediately offering a discount on Shifeng Longjing for the first weekend. This discount comes with our gratitude to you. If you’re reading this, you’re likely as excited to see these teas show up as we are. Along… // MORE


A glass of brewing Silver Dragon Jasmine Pearls held up to the sky as the leaves within unfurl.

Scented teas for people who don’t like scented tea.

Newsletter Archive Apr. 22, 2022 This weekend, all our scented teas are featured and available to you. It’s a full on enflorage for sipping on your back porch, at your breakfast table, or in your midnight cuppa. For us, a guiding principle is to select the scented teas that can still be appreciated by folks… // MORE



Two ladies in hats and smocks standing among the tea bushes, holding up the fresh sprigs of green tea they’ve just plucked.

A new micro-lot from Yiwu and new developments in the spring harvest.

Newsletter Archive Apr. 8, 2022 As spring roars into full effect, we’re bringing out a few hidden treasures. Now available in our online store and teahouse is a limited delivery of Yiwushan (Yiwu Mountain) 2020, a light-bodied sheng puer with layers of spring meadow character. We’re also highlighting two other Yunnan-grown micro-lots: Dark, old, and… // MORE


In bright sunlight, a large white gaiwan full of very dark red-brown shu puer tea, set on a worn wooden surface next to a ceramic tea strainer and display dish of dry tea leaves. The leaves of a small green succulent plant poke in from the top of the frame.

A new shu puer with the timbre of the Jingmai woods.

Newsletter Archive Mar. 25, 2022 A few weeks ago, we surveyed you on what new teas you’d like to see this year. Thanks to everyone who responded! As expected, you had some thoughtful ideas on what to bring in. Something that we didn’t expect, though, was that the humble category of Shu Puer topped the… // MORE


A man kneeling behind his young daughter in the garden.

Teas from generational divide (and unity): The Zhang family’s Anxi wulong

Newsletter Archive Mar. 18, 2022 This weekend we’re featuring Jin Guanyin (Golden Guanyin) and Chuantong Tieguanyin (Traditional Tieguanyin), two wulong teas that straddle styles and generations. When Austin first met Zhang Qingmu, Zhang was fresh out of college and working to promote his uncle and father’s Tieguanyin wulong tea on the wholesale market. Today, Mr.… // MORE


Three men standing together in front of the trunk of an enormous tea tree that is wider than the three of them standing abreast.

Shu Puer: The masterpieces of the tea mycologist.

Newsletter Archive Mar. 11, 2022 This weekend, brew a cup of darkness with two new-process shu puer from the factory of Chen Keke and Li Dong – Shu Longzhu (Sweet Dragon Ball) 2016 and the Cha Tao (Aged Old Tree) 2017 cake, now back in stock after selling out surprisingly quickly. When we first started… // MORE



Three bamboo trays of dry black tea arranged in a fan next to an ornate enameled green gaiwan, a set of wooden tea tweezers, and a small porcelain cup of brewed tea.

Meet Sweet Vermilion black tea from Tongmu.

Newsletter Archive Feb. 25, 2022 There’s a new micro-lot selection among our black teas. Welcome Chi Gan (Sweet Vermilion) from Wu Jianming: the innovative tea maker behind Zui Chun Fang (Drunken Peach) and Tongmu Lapsang Souchong. If you’ve followed Seven Cups’ black tea selection for a while, you know Wu Jianming is a tea maker… // MORE



Two small paper-wrapped puer cakes, two blooming teas in individual boxes, and three yixing teapots gathered together on and around a bamboo tray.

Flowers and cakes – of tea.

Newsletter Archive Feb. 11, 2022 I hear you saying Valentine’s Day is a consumer holiday, but we’ll argue there’s plenty to celebrate here. A day to celebrate your beloved, sure, but consider that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers. We’ll toast to that. Maybe you’re more for celebrating the other rites of… // MORE



Two people kneeling to plant a small tea bush as a third looks on.

The Founders’ Favorites of 2021

Newsletter Archive Jan. 21, 2022 Zhuping grew up at the end of the cultural revolution, a time without love songs. Much later in life, she met Austin, an American, and before either knew it, they were out on a date, strolling together along the banks of the Pearl River. Moved by the romance of this… // MORE


Three people standing at the counter in the teahouse with cups of tea.

Teahouse Team Favorite Teas of 2021

Newsletter Archive Jan. 14, 2022 Continuing with our 2021 retrospective, this week we bring you the personal favorites of our teahouse team: Da Fo Longjing (Big Buddha Dragon Well), Zi Ye Shu (Purple Leaf Shu Puer) and Bai Long Xu (White Dragon Whiskers) White Puer. 2022 marks 18 years of our teahouse being open in… // MORE


Three people gathered around the open hatch of a semi truck under blue skies.

Warehouse Staff Favorite Teas from 2021

Newsletter Archive Jan. 7, 2022 With the new year, we’ve found ourselves reflecting on the teas of 2021 and picking out some favorites. This weekend we’re featuring Rougui (Cassia Bark), Anji Hong, Mogan Huangya, and White Moonlight 2018. Each one of these teas is a personal favorite from the Seven Cups warehouse team. Our warehouse… // MORE