2010 Spring Teas are Online!

So while we here at Seven Cups have been like kids in a candy store with the new spring teas arriving, you, our beloved customers and friends, have been pressing your noses against the glass, waiting for the moment when it’ll be your turn. That moment is now. The best, freshest green tea available is… // MORE


2010 Early Spring Green Tea Is In

I am a green tea lover, so there is nothing that gives me more of a thrill that the arrival of the first green teas. For the last two years I have been here in Tucson waiting like everyone else for the tea to arrive…



Green Tea Tour according to Yvonne Russell

The oolong tea tour is underway now despite the problems caused by the eruption of the volcano in Iceland that stranded our travelers from Denmark. They are in the air even as we speak, and will meet up with the tour in Wuyishan.

Yvonne Russell offered us some feedback and photo’s from the Green Tea Tour and gave us permission to publish it. Yvonne is a customer of the Seven Cups Tea House in Denver. Since it makes us sound good, we thought we would.


Green Tea Tour 2010: Huangshan

Huangshan is one of those places that for millennia has drawn Chinese artists. It is also a center for tea culture. The area was instrumental in the development of modern tea making techniques that developed during the Ming Dynasty.


Green Tea Tour 2010: Hangzhou

I’m behind on posting for the Green Tea Tour. Please forgive while I catch up. The tour stayed in Hangzhou for a couple of days and sent these photos back. The tea was just beginning to be harvested because of temperatures way below what is normal for this time of year. Hangzhou is the modern center of Chinese Tea Culture.


Adding Local Flavor

Friday and Saturday I decided to do things a bit differently and made a variation of the following recipe for the free tea tastings at the Botanical Gardens. I got the idea from one of my favorite frequent guests at the main Seven Cups location when she came in the preceding Wednesday and made me tea…



Seven Cups Green Tea Tour Day 5

Yellow tea is rare, but the rarest is Mo Gan Huang Ya. The fifth day of our tour was visiting Mo Gan Shan where this tea is made. Mo Gan Shan is next to the city of Deqing about 30 minutes from Hangzhou. Also it is rare in China for the tea maker to be woman. Wang Qiang Zhen is one of the very few women that is master tea maker…





Seven Cups Green Tea Tour Day 3

Our little band of travlers made it to Jiangsu Province today to visit the gardens where Bi Luo Chun is grown. Bi Luo Chun is one of the most prized Chinese green teas. The growing area is small and this tea is often faked. The real thing however is spectacular.


Seven Cups Green Tea Tour Day 2

The tour today was in Anji. Anji Bai Cha is one of the great green teas. Bai cha means white tea in Chinese but this tea is green. This tea was the favorite of the famous Song Dynasty emperor, Song Hui Zhong.



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…




2009 Oolong Tea Tour Podcast-Making Rock Oolong pt3

Welcome to our tea and tea culture video podcast with Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. Last year we launched three very successful tea tours to China. Many hours of video were taken and we want to share them with you. In the previous podcasts Zhuping toured the rock oolong tea factory. Now watch as she sits down with famous tea master Mr. Liu. Please note this is part 3 of 3 videos with the famous rock oolong master.


Welcome Laila, Mongolian blue spots and all! UPDATE

What a great way to start the new year with the birth of a baby girl to our beloved friend and long time tea house manager, Keiko Naito and her partner John Archer. Here is the email announcement from Keiko who is currently living with her family in Kyoto…


Tea and an Open Mind

There are thousands of anecdotes and stories about tea being used to open the mind and spirit, and there is plenty of research that confirms tea’s benefits for the brian. Recently, however, I had tea open my mind in a new way.


The Unfathomable Mystery of Tea

Sometimes I am amazed at how much bad information there is out there about tea. I can’t even tell you how many people come in to Seven Cups or the Botanical Gardens with their friends and want to look intelligent by saying something about tea, and it turns out that what they say is completely wrong…


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…



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…


Tea In The Botanical Tucson Gardens

I am in our new teahouse in the Tucson Botanical Gardens and enjoying a cup of. Meizhan oolong, one of my favorite WuYi Shan rock oolongs. I am reminded of the tea drinking scholars of the Tang Dynasty that preferred to drink their tea in a natural setting…




2009 Teas Online!

All of our new 2009 teas are available online!  We have new Wu Yi Rock Oolongs, An Xi Oolongs, Scented Jasmine teas, our robust black teas, more white teas, and the rest of our green teas.  We have been hard at work to get them available to you by the weekend, so enjoy taking a… // MORE