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.


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.








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