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News From China

Reporting from our Changxing Office in Zhejiang I’m writing from our recently opened office in Changxing, in Zhejiang. Changxing just a short drive away from Guzhu Mountain where Luyu supervised tea production for the Tang emperor, while he composed the first book about tea, while he lived and died in nearby Huzhou. This area is… // MORE


How to Brew Tea Using a Gaiwan

Bi Luo Chun (Spring Green Spiral)

A Ming Dynasty Tribute Tea Name and Origin Bi Luo Chun began sometime around the end of the Ming dynasty about four to five hundred years ago. It is believed that it become a tribute tea closer to the beginning of the Qing dynasty. The earliest spring buds are chosen for this tea. These buds… // MORE




The Business of Tea | How Seven Cups Buys Their Tea

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Austin Hodge, owner of Seven Cups. Look for more video podcasts with Austin entitled “The Business of Tea” Today’s topic: The Business of Tea- “How We Buy Our Tea” -organic, traditionally made and high quality Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts.… // MORE


Gong Fu Tea Ceremony with Keiko

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and special guest Keiko Naito, manager of Seven Cups teahouse, demonstrating gong fu tea ceremony. Today’s topic: Gong Fu-Oolong Tea Ceremony (short version) Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested… // MORE


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History of Matcha | How to Make Matcha

What’s In this Video We briefly cover the historical background of matcha, its qualities, and how to brew it. If you are seeking more in-depth instruction for making matcha, please visit the Brewing Guidelines section of our Shade-grown Matcha page. A Little On Matcha Matcha tea is finely ground or pulverized powder of processed green tea… // MORE



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All About Black Tea

In this video, Zhuping reviews the different types of black tea as well as an overall historical background for the teas. Most black teas will break down into one of the following categories: Lapsang; Qimen or Keemun; or Yunnan. At the end of the 17th century in Tong Mu village located in the Wuyi Mountains… // MORE



Our 200 gram white moonlight puer tea cakes on the drying rack.

All About Puer Tea

Defining the Category Puer Tea Puer tea is a category of tea signifying tea that has undergone microbial fermentation, although there is reason to believe that microbial ripening is a closer description for what is occurring. There are two types of puer tea. Green puer, also referred to as sheng puer, is considered raw fermented… // MORE


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How to Brew Tea with Different Types of Teaware

What’s in This Video In this video, we cover how to brew your tea in different types of teaware and we review which vessels are ideal selections for various categories of tea. We cover conventional types of teaware that are often used: Porcelain Pot Glass Pot Glass Cup We also cover the use of gaiwans… // MORE


Naturally scenting jasmine tea

Scented Tea Video Podcast

Identifying Whether Your Scented Tea is the Real Thing or Not The most popular scented teas are those scented with jasmine (although we also carry a tea scented with orchid flowers). Teas can be scented through a natural means where the tea is scented for an extended period of time over multiple scentings or they… // MORE


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How to Brew Your Tea Using a Gaiwan

In this video, we demonstrate the use of a gaiwan for brewing tea. We’ve chosen the category of yellow tea for our brewing–in particular, Meng Ding Huang Ya (Yellow Buds). This gives us an opportunity to discuss one of the rarest categories of tea that exist. Skip ahead to 5:40 if you prefer to observe… // MORE


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The Hindu Writes on the Assam Government Taking Measures Against Tea Estates

In an article from The Hindu, a national publication, by Sushanta Talukdar, failure to provide safe drinking water to garden laborers is being cited as a serious health issue according to the Health Minister. The complaint is being leveled against tea gardens in upper Assam’s Jorhat and Golaghat districts who had ignored demands to correct the problem… // MORE


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For Lu Yu, Tea, a Monumental Museum

Many of you have heard about Lu Yu, the man that wrote the Cha Jing, the first book about tea, written during the Tang Dynasty. Some of you may know that he wrote the book while managing the emperor’s tribute tea factory, which was located near the city of Changqing in China’s Zhejiang province. It… // MORE


Puer tea mao cha's quality is vastly improved by wrapping it in this manner.

Difficulties in the Puer Market

I know some of you are aware of the volatility in the puer market, and I would just like to share with you my experiences on my last trip to China. I spend a lot of time in China and also a lot of time in Yunnan. As I travel around the tea producing provinces… // MORE


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Dangerous Tea in The Taiwan Tea Supply

Lawmakers, tea farmers and activists called for a suspension of tea imports from Vietnam, after the Department of Health discovered residue of a banned pesticide in Vietnamese leaf tea imports earlier this month (see article here). The department found more than 0.09ppm of dicofol, a pesticide prohibited from use on tea plants, in 21,000kg of… // MORE


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General Information on Wu Yi Shan Rock Wulong

This slideshow covers general information about the original wulongs from Wuyi Mountain (Wuyi Yan Cha) located in Fujian province in Eastern China. These particular wulongs are known as Rock wulongs. Wuxi mountain is composed of 99 different rock formations, each with their own name and character! Over time, the weathering of these formations have created… // MORE


Large amounts of puer cakes traditionally wrapped in bamboo packages.

The Bubble Bursts for Pu’er Tea

“Since the beginning of this year, the price of Pu’er has soared, reaching its peak in May at 20 times higher than last year’s price. In terms of returns, Pu’er is a better investment than stocks or gold, isn’t it?” a tea collector in Guangzhou said. “In the first four months of this year, the… // MORE


Photo of Puer City Earthquake from The Telegraph

Puer City Earthquake (Update)

I visited the quake site on the 19th of June. We saw the tent city sheltering the 5000 people left homeless from the quake. The majority had lived in buildings that had sustained some damage and had been condemned. Some houses were destroyed typically from the roofs collapsing. It was estimated that it would take… // MORE


China Daily photo of Puer City Earthquake

Earthquake in Puer City

I am writing this from Hangzhou, and I will be visiting Puer City in about a week and a half, so I will get a better picture of the real impact of the earthquake. I called around Yunnan and the story that I received was less dramatic than the tone of what was reported in… // MORE


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Puer Cake Goes Back Home to Visit Family

This year, not any cake, but the hundred year old Golden Melon Tribute Cake given to the last of the Qing Emperor and certainly the most famous puer cake in China returned to Yunnan on a museum tour. The priceless tea was sampled for the very first time. When we met with Luo Shou Jun,… // MORE


Yellow tea picker

Switch to Organic Crops Could Help Poor

This story is doesn’t mention tea, but  it is still meaningful in relationship to Chinese organic tea. We completely believe that future for farmers worldwide is organic farming and a return outside of China to the small highly skilled farmer, growing organic crops. There are many layers of irony here. As Americans, few of us… // MORE


Freshly picked Shifeng Longjing

Don’t be fooled by ‘fake’ Longjing tea

Yes, don’t be fooled. According to China Daily, Long Jing has new self-proclaimed brother. These Longjing teas are close in appearance, processing methodology, and even grow in the same area. Perhaps you should know a little bit more to prevent that from happening, and just what fake means, because this is a very complicated issue.… // MORE


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Tea Weather Update…

I’m writing from Huangshan in Anhui province and the weather here for the last two days has been great, and tea is being harvested now that the weather has warmed again and the sun has broken through. The high-end tea crop was damaged a little bit by the unseasonably warm weather in February followed by… // MORE


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Global Warming Buzz and New Tea

SPRING TEA ARRIVES EARLY! Zhuping has been in China since a couple of days before Chinese New Year and I will be going next week. There has been a very warm winter this year and an early spring. In Sichuan where the first tea of the year is harvested the news is not good for… // MORE


Puer tea on racks

The Hot Puer Market

As I browse the talk these days on the internet, the tea that I see discussed more than any other is puer. For a tea that was virtually unknown outside of China five years ago, I think that is pretty remarkable. Actually, prior to 2002, puer was not very well known inside of China either.… // MORE


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BBC NEWS | Health | Cup of Tea May Help Boost Memory

Every Chinese student tasked at memorization as the key component to education knows how helpful tea is to memory, but this is really important for all of the families struggling to take care of a family member with dementia. This is great news to me personally because I take care of my dad and he… // MORE