Sometimes I am amazed at how much bad information there is out there about tea. I can’t even tell you how many people come in to Seven Cups or the Botanical Gardens with their friends and want to look intelligent by saying something about tea, and it turns out that what they say is completely wrong…
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…
This a comment that I wrote following Heidi Kaiser wrote on the blog T Ching announcing that the World Tea News will have it’s own URL and charge a subscription. The is a photo of the Wall Street Journal on a driveway, as if there is somehow a parallel between the two. Oh please…
I know that there is not a big fair trade movement in China, especially with tea, so when I hear that there is, I’m a bit puzzled.
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
Ok, it’s true that I won’t know if the article is good or bad until I get home and Zhuping reads it too me, but I must say that I was thrilled. The article was written in 2007, but still, thrilling. There is something to be said for just showing up. The picture was taken in Simao, recently renamed 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
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY Day 1 (7/6) Arrival in Kunming We’ll pick you up at the airport in Kunming. After your long trip, you’ll be ready for a relaxing break in a local teahouse, followed by a welcome dinner prepared especially for you. Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, sits at 6,207 feet. Our first night will… // MORE
Here is the current trend in the American tea industry taken to it’s natural conclusion. Be sure to watch the video, and fire up your Twitters. “Tea” anyone?
The Chinese government in 2008 drastically changed the export laws related to tea in order to avert any more scandals related to contaminated food products. One American company, Seven Cups in Tucson, Arizona is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the new Chinese export laws. Seven Cups is the first tea company in America to obtain its own Chinese trading license.
Andrew discovered this on YouTube and I think it’s great. There is not a lot of tea chemistry in this video, and some of the things he says are not accurate, an least about the difference in caffiene between black and green tea, but he sure is fun to watch.
The puer bubble burst last year. By in large, the people that were hurt worse were the speculators. Not the big collectors, they didn’t buy during the bubble, and were wise buyers when they were. The people that really got burned were the Chinese wholesalers and small shop owners that fueled the bubble. The people… // MORE
This year, due to long, persistent, and persuasive requests from our friends, customers, and tea producers, Zhuping and I have decided to take some tea crazies to China with us. Zhuping will lead the green tea tour and the oolong tea tour in the early and late spring, and I will lead a tour to… // MORE
Wow, this story is almost a year and a half late. The crash came in the summer of 2007. The crash has been a good thing for everyone except for the tea merchants and puer speculators in Hong Kong and Taiwan, that hoped to get rich fast from puer, much like mortgage brokers and investment… // MORE
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 for export it is… // MORE
Thanks to Dan Sorenson at the Arizona Daily Star… Keiko Naito, a manager at Seven Cups Tea House, heads out with a customer’s order. The tea shop at 2516 E. Sixth St. has more than 100 varieties, often found only in remote areas of the Chinese countryside. Banging his head and knees in a tiny… // MORE
Thanks to the University of Arizona Daily Wildcat for the nice review…a traditional tea house with free Wifi? Absolutely! Seven Cups is a cozy, traditional Chinese tea house where you can sit down for a cup of tea or just buy some to take home. It’s good for people who turn up their noses at… // MORE
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. ABU DHABI // When Hounsai Genshitsu Sen visited the palace of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, he saw it as an opportunity to… // MORE
Wouldn’t it be nice to see this applied to Long Jing green tea, or Taiwan High Mountain Oolong, or Bi Luo Chun, just to name a few. China does have Origin certifications, but they are ineffective and only are issued on packaged tea not bulk. It will be a long time coming if the tea… // MORE
Here’s another story about our Denver franchise that is in the news. Please take some time to check it out. It’s really nice to see in an Asian American focused magazine. Take a short trip to Old South Pearl Street across from the Denver Folklore Center and you will find a bit of peace amidst… // MORE
Here is a nice review of our Denver tea house that appeared on Cafe Society, the Westword Food Blog in Denver. I was in China during the grand opening, but by all accounts, it was very successful. Mikel is in Denver this week, it seems as if I will be the last one to get… // MORE
We have won “Best Of Tucson” in two categories for the fourth year in a row. It is a great honor for us. Even though we sell tea in 35 countries and have been recognized multiple times in China this year, there is nothing like being appreciated in your home town. Thanks, Tucson! Best Tea… // MORE
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 very old in relationship to the growth… // MORE
Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Austin Hodge, owner of Seven Cups. Look for more video podcasts with Austin entitled “The Business of Tea” Today’s topic: The Business of Tea- “How We Buy Our Tea” -organic, traditionally made and high quality Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts.… // MORE
Assam government to lodge FIR against tea estates Sushanta Talukdar Failure in providing safe drinking water to garden labourers [From The Hindu : National : Assam government to lodge FIR against tea estates] As if the working conditions could get any worse in Assam. It is reassuring that the government is taking some steps against… // MORE
Even though we sell tea in thirty four different countries we are most honored by the community we have here, in Tucson. Recently we had the chance to sit down and share some tea with a couple groups in our local media. We had a great time talking about our business and felt very privileged… // MORE
Post by: Melanie Hingle, MPH, RD Greetings Seven Cups Community! So it’s been awhile since my last nutrition post…here’s an interesting tidbit from Down Under – a new study by Devine et al at the University of Western Australia suggests that tea drinking may potentially aid in the prevention of osteoporosis, a debilitating disease described… // MORE
Many of you have heard about Lu Yu, the man that wrote the Cha Jing, the first book about tea, written during the Tang Dynasty. Some of you may know that he wrote the book while managing the emperor’s tribute tea factory, which was located near the city of Changqing in China’s Zhejiang province. It… // MORE
I know some of you are aware of the volatility in the puer market, and I would just like to share with you my experiences on my last trip to China. I spend a lot of time in China and also a lot of time in Yunnan. As I travel around the tea producing provinces… // MORE
Farmers demand block on Vietnam tea “Lawmakers, tea farmers and activists called for a suspension of tea imports from Vietnam, after the Department of Health discovered residue of a banned pesticide in Vietnamese leaf tea imports earlier this month. The department found more than 0.09ppm of dicofol, a pesticide prohibited from use on tea plants,… // MORE