Puer Tea Tag

Stored puer cakes

The “Raw” Appeal of Puer Tea

A few weeks back, Austin clunked a pint glass down on my desk. The glass was loaded to its rim with steeping leaves – thick, stemmy, Yunnan tea tree leaves. He told me it was young sheng puer and he demanded I have a sip. I had an empty stomach, but as an employee I… // MORE



The 11th Puer Tea Conference

Seven Cups Founder Wins Award In Puer City I have been thinking about how I was going to write about this for a almost two weeks now. This award came as a complete surprise to me and I am still trying to get my mind around it. I found out about winning this award when… // 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


Cold Winters, Floods, and the Price of Tea

It is just about that time of year when we start asking ourselves why we started a tea business in Tucson. The monsoons are hovering in the evening, sparing a drop or two, providing just enough humidity to stop evaporative coolers from working. Today it is raining hard and roofs all over Tucson are leaking…






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 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


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



Puer bubble bursts, again?

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



News From China

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