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Seven Cups Yunnan Tea Tour Day 6 & 7

Day 6 our Yunnan Tea Tour  packed up our little bus and took off for Jinggu. The Jinggu area is the largest forested area in Yunnan, and rich with many unknown mountains peaks with older trees. I have spent a lot of time in Jinggu and it always seems like I could stay there year… // MORE


Jingmai-Dinner 1208

Seven Cups Yunnan Tea Tour Days 4 & 5

I got an email yesterday from a friend who asked me what had happened to the rest of the Yunnan Tea Tour’s blog postings.  Well, I have  been home just for a couple of days and am just starting to get back in the swing of things after recovering from killer jet lag. Better to… // MORE



Ancient Purple Puer Tree

Seven Cups 2011 Yunnan Tea Tour Day One

I have a special love for Yunnan.  It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and one of the most interesting, especially if you are a tea lover, and it is filled with very friendly people who really enjoy life, and feel it is even more enjoyable if they have some guests to… // MORE


Discussing puer with the big boys

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 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