Marina getting ready to drink tea

Tea Mind

This morning it rained in Tucson! For many people living in many places this would be a dreary event; but here in the desert it’s cause to celebrate. Our water-harvesting barrels become full, and our few plants receive a much-needed dusting…




The Safety of Chinese Teas

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…


World Tea News To Charge Subscription

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…



Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure

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



How Wu Yi Rock Oolong Gets Made

Production of Wu Yi Rock Oolong This video was taken during a visit to Rock Oolong tea gardens. During the first part of the video, Zhuping is speaking with a tea picker who describes to her how the tea is picked and how the bushes are distinguished. The second portion of the video is an… // MORE












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








Chaozhou & Zhuni Teaware

This video features Master Wu, a fourth generation potter from Chaozhou. In it, he makes a Zhuni Pot using the traditional pottery wheel. This type of pot is excellent from brewing tea especially the beloved Dan Cong from this region. We currently do not carry any Zhuni pots from this region online, we do have… // MORE