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


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



The Great Puer Tea Heist

At 3:06 am a big rock slammed the front window of the Seven Cups teahouse in Tucson setting up a classic smash and grab robbery. The thieves jumped through the broken window and grabbed some aged puer cakes


Tea, Chocolate, Music, and Baseball

It seems like a long time since I have written anything for the blog. We have been very busy finishing our ordering for this years teas. Summer is ending even though the signs for that are different here in Tucson than places that actually have seasons. One of the ways we know is that school starts up again.









Puer Tour Day Ten Afternoon

After a great lunch we left to continue our journey to the ancient city of Dali. When I had visited this area 4 years ago there was not the road then that is there now, so our travel time was cut in half.






Puer Tour Day Eight

On the eighth day we spent the day in Lincang. Master Hu gave us a class in distinguishing quality in a puer cake. As a consequence we had some very good tea in the morning.