Tea Industry News Category

The bubble bursts for Pu’er tea

The bubble bursts for Pu’er tea “Since the beginning of this year, the price of Pu’er has soared, reaching its peak in May at 20 times higher than last year’s price. In terms of returns, Pu’er is a better investment than stocks or gold, isn’t it?” a tea collector in Guangzhou said. “In the first… // MORE

Puer City Earthquake (Update)

I visited the quake site on the 19th of June. We saw the tent city sheltering the 5000 people left homeless from the quake. The majority had lived in buildings that had sustained some damage and had been condemned. Some houses were destroyed typically from the roofs collapsing. It was estimated that it would take… // MORE

Earthquake in Puer City

 I am writing this from Hangzhou, and I will be visiting Puer City in about a week and a half, so I will get a better picture of the real impact of the earthquake. Here is a link to a news service that has collected articles from multiple sources. (Earthquake stories) I called around Yunnan… // MORE

Puer Cake Goes Back Home to Visit Family

Not any cake, but the hundred year old Golden Melon Tribute Cake given to the last of the Qing Emperor and certainly the most famous, and the most taken about puer cake in China. This year it returned to Yunnan on a museum tour. This year the priceless tea was sampled for the first time.… // MORE

Switch to Organic Crops Could Help Poor

A Switch to Organic Crops Could Help Poor ::Edit:: link no longer exists. This story is doesn’t mention tea, but  it is still meaningful in relationship to Chinese organic tea. We completely believe that future for farmers worldwide is organic farming and a return outside of China to the small highly skilled farmer, growing organic… // MORE

Survey Winners

We are happy to announce the winners for our survey participation gift certificates. The winners were Eric Banister and Gerry Seifert. (They gave us permission to use their names.) We received such a good response, that we decided to award two $50 gift certificates. The winners were randomly pick. There were a lot of people… // MORE

Don’t be fooled by ‘fake’ Longjing

Yes, don’t be fooled. (Click on the article below) Perhaps you should know a little bit more to prevent that from happening, and just what fake means, because this is a very complicated issue. So what makes Longjing real Longjing? There is a broader definition generally accepted than the article implies, as it is defined… // MORE

Tea Weather Update…

I’m writing from Huangshan in Anhui province and the weather here for the last two days has been great, and tea is being harvested now that the weather has warmed again and the sun has broken through. The high-end tea crop was damaged a little bit by the unseasonably warm weather in February followed by… // MORE

Spring 2006 in Northern Zhejiang

I just want to throw a little blurp in here about the early green tea harvest. It is shaping up to be a great year this year. Despite early warming followed by a dramatic cold snap, this year will have a robust harvest of early spring tea. Last year and the year before were just… // MORE

Global Warming Buzz and New Tea

SPRING TEA ARRIVES EARLY! Zhuping has been in China since a couple of days before Chinese New Year and I will be going next week. There has been a very warm winter this year and an early spring. In Sichuan where the first tea of the year is harvested the news is not good for… // MORE

The Hot Puer Market

As I browse the talk these days on the internet, the tea that I see discussed more than any other is puer. For a tea that was virtually unknown outside of China five years ago, I think that is pretty remarkable. Actually, prior to 2002, puer was not very well known inside of China either.… // MORE

Seven Cups 2.0 is online

After a year’s worth of work, our newly designed web-site is on-line! Please come and take a look. To celebrate the site being up and Chinese New Year, we have put our whole catalog on sale. We are a long way from being finished with our site. We are still rewriting most of it. We… // MORE

Hangzhou, Tombstone, and the Pao Gao

Here is a video piece from a NY Times photographer in China. You might think, “Cool, this is what tea culture was like in old Hangzhou!” Well, almost. It is true that it is in Hangzhou, in the ‘old area’. And it is a tea house. The guys with the hats and long braided fake… // MORE

Super typhoon slams into China

This has been a terrible typhoon season in China, and the worst storm in 50 years is hitting there now. In Fuding, where white tea is produced and we have many close friends, two people have been killed and many are missing. Storms have been almost continuous this year hitting the tea producing regions in… // MORE

Green Tea and the Asian Paradox

Yes, it has been a slow month for news related to tea. I get a little bit bored after reading thousands of news reports about green tea being good for your health. How long will it be news? This is one article that I just had to mention. It is a press release from the… // MORE

The Tea Industry Trys to Define White Tea

Can we take the American ‘Tea Industry” Seriously? I’m back from a great trip to China. As usual it is a very inspiring experience for me. China is what tea is all about, and nowhere outside of China is tea being produced that is even in the same league as Chinese tea. Sitting on my… // MORE

Fair Trade?

Fair Prices for Farmers: Simple Idea, Complex Reality (from the New York Times Business Section) For those of us that spend our time with producers and farmers, this is not news. It certainly has an important meaning for the consumers that deeply care for the well being of the third world laborers providing us with… // MORE

Tata Coffee plans `Plantation Trails`

Sometimes you just have to stop in amazement and laugh. For those of you that have been following the continuing saga of the world’s largest tea company, Tata Tea, this little peace of news is going to crack you up, that is of course is you can find humor in misery of plantation workers that… // MORE

Green Tea, Computers, Environmental Engineering

Yet Another Benefit of Green Tea Last Saturday an amazing man came into our tea house, Dr. John Lombardi of Ventana Research here in Tucson, Arizona. Having spent a lot of time being amazed by tea culture, Dr. Lombardi has added another AMAZING piece to that culture. He has developed a biodegradable machining that keeps… // MORE

Sad News From WuYiShan

I was deeply sadden to hear that Yao Yue Ming had made his way to Heaven and would no longer be seen in the tea gardens of WuYiShan. He was truly one of the great tea masters of the world. He was one of the first to put to work his love of science with… // MORE

Tea houses learn to infuse ancient with modern

Here is an article by a Chinese newspaper about teahouses in China that may have been partially plagiarized by the Indian paper. It talks directly about the teahouse business in Beijing. Beijing is a long way from the tea producing areas of China and the teahouse focus in the past has been performances of Beijing… // MORE

Steep profits in tea collecting across China

“Affluent young professionals spur craze in which vintages are valued like fine wine BEIJING — It was a savvy investment for the young Chinese couple — an impressive 900 per cent return in just two years. But instead of cashing in, they plan to drink it.” As you might guess, this is a story about… // MORE

Predicting 2006 at Tea Time

Here is an interesting article from Korea about reading tea leaves. I’ve never seen this done in China where there are a lot of fortune telling techniques. I like to go to Taoist temples and shake bamboo sticks. The sticks are in a cup and you shake them until one falls out. A monk will… // MORE

Obscure beverage?

Ok, this is America, but where most of the people in the world live, green tea is not so obscure. The Chinese are a people that love to eat in a pretty big way, they say, ‘You can live a day without food, but not a day without tea’, green tea especially. Because of it’s… // MORE

Assam’s people suffering under the yoke of tea

In the long, drawn-out legal struggle that has become fused to tea production in India, many impoverished workers are perishing while estate owners and statesmen hash out how one of the world’s most popular commodities while benefit people growing and processing. The following story is a little window into the huge, tortorous saga that Indian… // MORE

National museum collects pieces of Beijing “bowl tea” house

www.chinaview.cn 2005-07-29 18:53:18 BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhuanet) — Three hundred and eight items, including ceramic tea bowls, video and pictures entered the National Museum of China on Friday, representing China’s opening up to the outside in the past two decades. Yin Shengxi, a local official in a small street office in the downtown Beijing Dashila… // MORE