Chinese Puer Tea Tag

Tea for Health (And Hedonism)

At the teahouse we tend to get what Zhuping calls “tea people,” those who know tea and drink tea for the sensual experience, the taste, the aroma, the story. It seems that most of the people who come into the Botanical Gardens tea room, however, are more interested in the health benefits than anything else…

Puer Tour Day Ten Afternoon

After a great lunch we left to continue our journey to the ancient city of Dali. When I had visited this area 4 years ago there was not the road then that is there now, so our travel time was cut in half.

Puer Tour Day Eight

On the eighth day we spent the day in Lincang. Master Hu gave us a class in distinguishing quality in a puer cake. As a consequence we had some very good tea in the morning.

Puer tour – Leaving Kunming

The solar eclipse has blocked out half of the sun, and we are stuck in traffic, the normal morning traffic plus the people going blind from staring at the sun through tinted windows. I will finish off the day by day commentary when I get back. The hardest part is sorting through and deciding which… // MORE

Puer Tour – Leaving Dali

It’s late in the evening again as usual. This is our last night in Dali and have had a wonderful time here. We will be going to Kunming tomorrow, and it is the last day four the tour. When I get back to Kunming I have an extra day to try and get caught up… // MORE

Puer Tea Tour Day 6

We spent day 6 in the refurbished Cha Ma Shi Jinggu Puer Factory making a 50 kilo Golden Melon, and then playing a great game of basketball with the factory team.

Puer Tour Day 4

In the morning we drove to Youle. Youle is another one of the ‘Six Famous Mountains’ famous for it’s puer tea. We all got to make our own cakes and drank a lot of tea. Cha Ma Shi has six of these small factories scatter around the puer growing area of Yunnan.  Here are some… // MORE

Puer Tea Tour Day Three Photo's

Sorry to be behind in blogging this trip. We have been in places where there were no internet connections and my Blackberry didn’t work. Here are some photos to catch up. The people in the the shots are Kevin Rose, Glenn McElhose, David Dixon, Tim Bowen, Tim Ferriss, Christine Bartelt, Andy Laub, and me. I’ll… // MORE

Puer tour day 3

This morning we left for Yiwu Village after spending the night in the Yunnan Botanical Gardens. Our small bus blew out its clutch in the old city of Puer where we had stopped for dinner. We got another bus and drove to there Botanical Gardens and made it to bed around midnight. We had breakfast… // MORE

Puer tea tour day 2

We climbed on our bus this morning and headed south. At the end of the drive today we will be on the border of Laos, in a small village named Yiwu Village. Yiwu is one of the 6 famous mountains in the Xishuagnanna area. We had lunch in Ganzhuang, a small village, at a restaurant… // MORE

Puer tea tour day 1 continued

The day was spent at the airport and drinking tea at Cha Ma Si. Kevin, Glen, and Tim’s flight had been diverted to Mongolia because of weather and they missed the connecting flight to Kunming. They ended up on the same plane as Christine, Tim, David,and. Andy. The Tucson people’s baggage arrived late. Tim needed… // MORE

Another 4am morning on the puer tour

This is when jet lag gets me the first couple of days, predawn I’m wide awake. We spent last night going over the plans with Mr Hu and Mr We. Since this type of tour has never been done before, there are a lot of negotiations. Zhuping has already spent a lot of time in… // MORE

5am in Beijing – Puer Tour

I’ve come out of my twelve hour flight from LA feeling pretty good. I’m good for sleep on the plane. I got a bulk head seat which is even better, almost like having a business class seat. No movies and basic food but that’s ok too. Because of disease control we all had to have… // MORE