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[2019.11.07]
Do you know that organic tea does not mean healthy?

Have you ever heard about sustainable tea garden? It means tea garden is independent from human and being able to continue to propagate as part of ecology. Every year we spend nearly two months in Yunnan for sourcing tea. We make sure that all of our Yunnan teas are from the sustainable tea garden. The …

[2018.05.20]
Seeking for Limited Tea Only Available in May

We arrived Yunnan in March and have been staying for more than one month. In Lincang, spring tea starts around 20th of March. On the other hand, certain teas only available for the first plucking in May. As much people cherish the earliest fresh tea of the year, little people know that the higher the …

[2018.04.05]
The Field Report of Yunnan Tea in 2018

I have been staying in Yunnan since 31st of March. I have visited a few mountains to survey the condition of many tea gardens, and I have met my tea manufacturers to gather the first-hand information of 2018 tea. The altitude is very important element for quality We are now staying in a town located …

[2017.11.27]
New Release of High Mountain Purple Black Tea

We have released High Mountain Purple Black Tea. It is made from the wild tea variety called Zi cha (purple tea in Chinese). A very rare tea even in Yunnan Among the pu-erh tea lovers, it is well-known that the purple tea is originated from Nan Nuo Shan (南糯山) in South Yunnan. Its leaves are …

[2017.05.11]
The Summary of Yunnan Spring Tea 2017

As the season of the first plucking is over, I would like to share my review on 2017 teas from the South West of Yunnan, such as Lincang, Bao Shan, Jing Gu, Chang Ning and Da Li area. Usually, the most critical factor that affects the quality of tea is weather. Since the day I …

[2017.02.28]
The true reason why some pu-erh and black tea causes stomachache

We noticed that there are a number of customers who refrain from black tea or raw pu-erh tea due to the uncomforted stomach. I too have had the same experience that I suffered from stomachache after drinking some black tea. However, it has nothing to do with black tea or raw pu-erh tea. If tea …

[2017.01.06]
The rain affects the quality of Oriental Beauty

In 2016, we could not purchase any Oriental Beauty Oolong from Taiwan. It was due to the quality that was unsatisfactory. Continuous rain during harvesting season of Oriental Beauty Oriental Beauty tea is made of specific tea cultivar in Taiwan called Qing Xin Da Mao (青心大冇). In ordinary tea garden, the pests are not welcomed …

[2016.09.24]
Being Surprised by the Earliest Plucked Rose

We have just released Rose Damascena. This time it happens to be very special quality due to one specific reason. We purchased the rose plucked in May Our Rose Damascena is produced in Taklamakan Desert of Xinjiang, China. In the past five years I have been purchasing these flowers consistently. Previously I was buying the …

[2016.09.13]
Can we continue brewing tea next day after it’s been kept for a night?

In brewing tea, sometimes we discontinue brewing after only one or two infusions. We often wonder whether we should continue brewing it. Sometimes we may think that the brewing style like gong-fu brewing style or traditional Chinese brewing style or even the type of teapot will determine the duration that the tealeaf can remained fresh …

[2016.05.04]
Making Silver Needle from Yunnan Natural Farming Tea

Silver Needle is the name of single bud white tea. It’s a well-known white tea produced in Fujian Province. Nowadays, it is getting more and more difficult to procure the Silver Needle from Fujian Province. There are a number of factors to take into account: pesticide issue, price increases, and the down trend of quality. …

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Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 is now available
Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 鳴鳳山古樹生茶 2019 is available now in our store both in Japan and Malaysia. The Ming Feng Shan is the name of the mountain located in the west of Lincang. In Ming Feng Shan, we particularly selected the feral garden (2100m) that is left in the wild for a …
High Mountain Pu-erh Tea is Now Available in Our Store
High mountain purple raw pu-erh tea is now available in our store. This is one of the very interesting raw pu-erh teas we made in 2019. High mountain tea called Zi-Cha High mountain purple tea is made from the specific varietry called Zi-cha by the locals. In Chinese, Zi-cha means purple tea. This variety is …

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