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








Anji Bai Cha

Welcome to our tea and tea culture video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. This 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 this episode Zhuping leads a hike to… // 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



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.




Chaozhou & Zhuni Teaware

Welcome to our tea and tea culture video podcast with Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. This 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 this episode Zhuping introduces us to Master Wu a fourth… // MORE





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


Monday morning 7am, Kunming Puer tour day 1

Two hours of sleep last night. The weather was bad in Beijing, so three people in the group missed their connection. I’ve got jet lag so it really doesn’t matter, the whole sleep thing. I’m trying to keep my caffeine levels high with Bi Luo Chun and Liu An Gua Pian. I feel sorry for… // 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