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

Spring 2006 in Northern Zhejiang

I just want to throw a little blurp in here about the early green tea harvest. It is shaping up to be a great year this year. Despite early warming followed by a dramatic cold snap, this year will have a robust harvest of early spring tea. Last year and the year before were just… // MORE

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

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

Seven Cups 2.0 is online

After a year’s worth of work, our newly designed web-site is on-line! Please come and take a look. To celebrate the site being up and Chinese New Year, we have put our whole catalog on sale. We are a long way from being finished with our site. We are still rewriting most of it. We… // MORE

Hangzhou, Tombstone, and the Pao Gao

Here is a video piece from a NY Times photographer in China. You might think, “Cool, this is what tea culture was like in old Hangzhou!” Well, almost. It is true that it is in Hangzhou, in the ‘old area’. And it is a tea house. The guys with the hats and long braided fake… // MORE

Super typhoon slams into China

This has been a terrible typhoon season in China, and the worst storm in 50 years is hitting there now. In Fuding, where white tea is produced and we have many close friends, two people have been killed and many are missing. Storms have been almost continuous this year hitting the tea producing regions in… // MORE

On Contaminates & Pesticides in Tea

I promised to answer a question I received through an email (Sorry it has taken so long) on the blog, because it is an issue of concern to all of us. The person that wrote me had heard a lot about Chinese tea being contaminated with pesticides, lead, and other contaminates, and he wanted my… // MORE

Green Tea and the Asian Paradox

Yes, it has been a slow month for news related to tea. I get a little bit bored after reading thousands of news reports about green tea being good for your health. How long will it be news? This is one article that I just had to mention. It is a press release from the… // MORE

The Tea Industry Trys to Define White Tea

Can we take the American ‘Tea Industry” Seriously? I’m back from a great trip to China. As usual it is a very inspiring experience for me. China is what tea is all about, and nowhere outside of China is tea being produced that is even in the same league as Chinese tea. Sitting on my… // MORE

Fair Trade?

Fair Prices for Farmers: Simple Idea, Complex Reality (from the New York Times Business Section) For those of us that spend our time with producers and farmers, this is not news. It certainly has an important meaning for the consumers that deeply care for the well being of the third world laborers providing us with… // MORE

Tata Coffee plans `Plantation Trails`

Sometimes you just have to stop in amazement and laugh. For those of you that have been following the continuing saga of the world’s largest tea company, Tata Tea, this little peace of news is going to crack you up, that is of course is you can find humor in misery of plantation workers that… // MORE

Green Tea, Computers, Environmental Engineering

Yet Another Benefit of Green Tea Last Saturday an amazing man came into our tea house, Dr. John Lombardi of Ventana Research here in Tucson, Arizona. Having spent a lot of time being amazed by tea culture, Dr. Lombardi has added another AMAZING piece to that culture. He has developed a biodegradable machining that keeps… // MORE

Sad News From WuYiShan

I was deeply sadden to hear that Yao Yue Ming had made his way to Heaven and would no longer be seen in the tea gardens of WuYiShan. He was truly one of the great tea masters of the world. He was one of the first to put to work his love of science with… // MORE

Tea houses learn to infuse ancient with modern

Here is an article by a Chinese newspaper about teahouses in China that may have been partially plagiarized by the Indian paper. It talks directly about the teahouse business in Beijing. Beijing is a long way from the tea producing areas of China and the teahouse focus in the past has been performances of Beijing… // MORE

Steep profits in tea collecting across China

“Affluent young professionals spur craze in which vintages are valued like fine wine BEIJING — It was a savvy investment for the young Chinese couple — an impressive 900 per cent return in just two years. But instead of cashing in, they plan to drink it.” As you might guess, this is a story about… // MORE

Year of the Dog

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve had a change to write anything here. The holiday season has been a busy one. The new year is coming and in a Chinese/American family like ours, the holiday season gets extended for another 6 weeks. This coming year is the Year of the Dog, and the… // MORE

The FDA, Green tea, Cancer

Waking through the information about tea and health is at best murky and confusing. What tea is good for your health and why? There is so much research out there that a full time researcher would be necessary to sort through it all. The FDA recently refused a request to issue a “Qualified health claim”… // MORE

Predicting 2006 at Tea Time

Here is an interesting article from Korea about reading tea leaves. I’ve never seen this done in China where there are a lot of fortune telling techniques. I like to go to Taoist temples and shake bamboo sticks. The sticks are in a cup and you shake them until one falls out. A monk will… // MORE

Puer Question and Answer

This was a question that was posted as a comment that I thought deserved to be elevated to a post. Puer is a hot topic and pretty controversial because of the wide variation in price and amounts of money some Chinese and Japanese collectors are willing to pay, mysterious even mystical qualities ascribed to puer… // MORE

Assam’s people suffering under the yoke of tea

In the long, drawn-out legal struggle that has become fused to tea production in India, many impoverished workers are perishing while estate owners and statesmen hash out how one of the world’s most popular commodities while benefit people growing and processing. The following story is a little window into the huge, tortorous saga that Indian… // MORE

Geek Eye for the Tea Guy

Here’s the straight story from the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): World tea production reaches new highs And the media’s recent coverage: Global tea exports increase Global tea output crosses 3.2m ton mark World tea production rises: Output grew by 2 percent to reach an estimated 3.2 million metric tons in… // MORE

Response of the Week – July 15th

As if Friday weren’t exciting enough for office-bound tea drinkers on the 9 to 5 worldwide! I will be posting an excerpt from one of our more informative email responses. This way our readers can get easy insight into the answers to questions that tea drinkers just like you have posed. So, please draw yourself… // MORE