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TieLuoHan Picking Standard

Quality Standards for Specialty Tea | Part One

The Tea Industry and its Misuse of the Term “Quality Tea” There is no definition for specialty tea. The dictionary defines specialty as “ a product of a special kind or of special excellence”. The tea industry uses the word as a descriptor for tea that has no relationship to quality. The tea industry uses… // MORE




The picking standard of Shui Xian Wuong tea leaves. Zhong Kai Mian and Xiao Kai Mian.

A Short and Handy Guide to Wulong Processing

Harvesting & Picking Standards If there was ever a sign of how sophisticated the western tea-drinker has become, it’s the large number of technical questions we now receive from our customers. Wulong tea is frequently the subject of these questions, and so to help our customers, we’ve written a short guide to its harvesting seasons… // MORE




Seven Cups Tea Blog Evolves

“Seven Cups Tea Blog Evolves” sounds like a pretty weighted title — as if to say some mutation has happened. It’s a challenge to think up a good title. There is no mutation, but rather evolution characterized by progress. Seven Cups is a lucky company in so many ways, and one of the most significant… // MORE


My Tea Blog is Ten Years Old

November 2013 was the tenth anniversary of my tea blog. When I first started the idea of blogging was relatively new. There were just a few political blogs, and many of these were focused on reporting.


Lucky to be in the tea business

Since the middle of May I have been on the road, traveling in China, the US, and Europe, and for Zhuping it was three months in China. Finally we are enjoying our sanctuary in Tucson, with a lot of welcome home cooked meals.


Chinese Tea Mysteries

It has been twenty years since I first became obsessed with Chinese tea. It has not lost any of the magic pull for me throughout these years, in fact I am probably even more obsessed. Although I have had other obsessions in my life, Chinese tea is probably longest running one. I think it has to do with mysteries.Mysteries are always rooted in questions and problems to solve.



Yunnan Black Tea and the Middle East

I first came to Yunxian in 2005 after a trip to Dubai. I was invited to Dubai to become a member in the newly formed Dubai Tea Trading Center. Dubai wanted to become the hub of tea distribution and was providing remarkable incentives for companies to set up business there.


Plagiarism and Tea Ecommerce

Last week a fellow tea entrepreneur emailed us with a question.  We had never spoken before, so he wasn’t sure how to approach us about a very sensitive issue. He had been searching for a map of Shi Feng Mountain and noticed that some of our photos and content appeared to have been lifted from… // MORE


Why am I writing this blog?

I was looking at our archives, and I have been writing something on a pretty regular basis since 2003. Of course it hasn’t been all me; there have been others that have contributed. In the beginning it was just monthly emails, and the actual blog didn’t come into existence until around 2005. Still, that is… // MORE


Buying Gu Zhu Zi Sun

Purchasing Tea: Gu Zhu Zi Sun This is the favorite part of my job: buying tea. Guzhu Zisun (Purple Bamboo Shoot) is a very special tea; it was the first tea to be distinguished as a tribute tea during the Tang Dynasty, and was produced under the watchful eye of Lu Yu, China’s tea saint,… // MORE


Lincang County Yunnan Black Tea

A few days ago I was in Lincang County in Yunnan taking a short trip before the first tea tour begins as well as seeing about the Dian Hong black tea harvest. The good news is that a pre-harvest rain has come, thus avoiding a repeat of last year when drought conditions left the spring… // MORE


First stop to get to 2011 black tea crop

Kunming April 2011… I am hear to get a first had version of the weather, and visit Lincang county to see the first grow and assess the coming crop. Some of the best black tea that is produced in China comes from this area, and it is one of our best selling black tea


Seven Cups: Talk of the Town

This year both our teahouses, in Tucson received a four star rating from Talk of the Town for ‘Excellence in Customer Satisfaction’. We are honored to have such a rating, but we also received what for us is the best award of all, ‘Best of Tucson’…


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…




The Great Puer Tea Heist

At 3:06 am a big rock slammed the front window of the Seven Cups teahouse in Tucson setting up a classic smash and grab robbery. The thieves jumped through the broken window and grabbed some aged puer cakes


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


Jun Shan Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) Yellow Tea

Authentic Jun Shan Yin Zhen is amongst the rarest of China’s famous teas. As the only example of Yellow Tea on China’s list of most famous tea, it is the foremost representative of this endangered art form. Its restricted growing region and painstakingly complex labor required by its production restrains the output of genuine Jun Shan Yin Zhen to a total of only five hundred kilograms each year.


Fun, Friends and Free-Tea Tastings at Sevencups

One of the best ways to learn about tea is coming to our free tea tastings. Each week we concentrate on a different set of teas in a guided session with Seven Cups’ staff. Check out what’s on tap for this week. Seven Cups Tucson 3:00-3:30 February 13th Black Tea Imperial Lapsang Souchong Light Smoke… // MORE


Austin Dons Laurels

It’s been a week of big honors for Austin. So big, he had to ask me to write a blog entry about it, fearing if he made these announcements himself he’d lose his all-important façade of modesty. Jokes aside, we were proud to learn this week that our own Austin Hodge is the first American… // MORE


Free Tea Tastings at Sevencups

One of the best ways to learn about tea is coming to our free tea tastings. Each week we concentrate on a different set of teas in a guided session with Seven Cups’ staff. Check out what’s on tap for this week. Seven Cups Tucson 3:00-3:30 February 6th Tie Luo Han (Iron Arhat) Light Roast… // MORE


Seven Cups and Creative Slice launch new site

After more that six months worth of your our new site is online. We have all worked hard on this project and we are all pretty excited to see it come up. Tim Bowen at Creative Slice is the creative energy and technical wiz, while the rest of us have been uploading pictures and writing. We hope that you will enjoy it. We also need to thank the Word Press community, because our site is completely done with Word Press. We love open source.



Ear to the Ground » 2007» August

Ear to the Ground » 2007» August: August 17, 2007 Podcast # 2, Seven Cups teahouse, Tucson AZ August 2007 Filed under: Podcast — hanne @ 9:28 pm Hey everybody, you are listening to Ear to the Ground Productions, Pod cast # 2. This second pod cast was recorded in the beautiful Seven Cups teahouse… // MORE