Best of Tucson 4th Year Running

We have won “Best Of Tucson” in two categories for the fourth year in a row.  It is a great honor for us. Even though we sell tea in 35 countries and have been recognized multiple times in China this year, there is nothing like being appreciated in your home town. Thanks, Tucson! Best Tea… // MORE


News From China

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 very old in relationship to the growth… // MORE



Famous Yellow Tea Tasting with Zhuping Part 2

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, Tea Master of Seven Cups. Today we join Zhuping for Part 2 of her special tea tasting of this famous tea. Today’s topic: Jun Shan Yin Zhen Yellow Tea Part 2 Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would… // MORE


Famous Yellow Tea Video Podcast with Zhuping

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, Tea Master of Seven Cups.  Today we join Zhuping for Part 1 of her  special tea tasting of this famous tea. Today’s topic: Jun Shan Yin Zhen Yellow Tea Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to… // 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


History of Matcha | How to Make Matcha

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and special guest Keiko Naito, manager of Seven Cups teahouse. Today’s topic: Chinese Tea Travels to Japan-Matcha Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested in, so please contact us with… // MORE


Uphill Journey to Distinction-Taiwan Oolong Video Podcast

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. Today’s topic: Taiwan Oolong Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested in, so please contact us with ideas.


The Iron Goddess-Anxi Oolong Video Podcast

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. Today’s topic: Anxi Oolong Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on topics you all are interested in, so please contact us with ideas.



Learn about Black Tea Video Podcast

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. This week we give some basic history and information about Chinese Black Tea. Today’s topic: Black Tea Basics Thank you all for your comments regarding our video podcasts. We would like to create future podcasts on… // MORE






Brewing White Tea

Welcome to our weekly video podcast with Andrea Serrano and Zhuping Hodge, tea master and owner of Seven Cups. Today’s topic: White Tea-Information, Buying and Brewing.




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


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


Dangerous Tea in The Taiwan Tea Supply

Farmers demand block on Vietnam tea 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. The department found more than 0.09ppm of dicofol, a pesticide prohibited from use on tea plants,… // MORE


Making Wuyishan Oolong

Andrea and Zhuping have put together this video podcast showing the tradition way for making Wuyishan Yin Cha (Wuyi Mountain Rock Tea). Oolongs, as well as black tea, originated from Wuyishan in Fujian. The mountains where the tea is grown are now within a national park and the scenes that you see are from within… // MORE


The bubble bursts for Pu’er tea

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… // MORE


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


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


Puer Cake Goes Back Home to Visit Family

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, and the most taken about puer cake in China. This year it returned to Yunnan on a museum tour. This year the priceless tea was sampled for the first time.… // MORE


Switch to Organic Crops Could Help Poor

Chinese Organic Tea 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,… // MORE


Survey Winners

We are happy to announce the winners for our survey participation gift certificates. The winners were Eric Banister and Gerry Seifert. (They gave us permission to use their names.) We received such a good response, that we decided to award two $50 gift certificates. The winners were randomly pick. There were a lot of people… // MORE


Don’t be fooled by ‘fake’ Longjing

Yes, don’t be fooled. (Click on the article below) 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. So what makes Longjing real Longjing? There is a broader definition generally accepted than the article implies, as it is defined… // MORE