Martin Kupodivu

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O-Tsukimi, the Moonviewing Festival

Last night was a beautiful evening for moonviewing. At the Portland Japanese Garden we participated in the O-tsukimi festival with a celebration of …

Tea House

Vietnamese Tea: Origin, Geography, Cultivars, Current Affairs

Vietnam is a country of contrasts and its tea industry is no exception to this rule. Location and geography allow tea to grown in the sub-tropical …

Tea

Drinking alone under the moon

The moon festival has links to the Shang dynasty over 3000 years ago, at a time when people worshiped celestial objects. Later, during the Tang …

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2017 Zheng Si Long Gedeng & Thoughts On the Gedeng Producing Area

Well, I lost this 2017 Zheng Si Long Gedeng sample about a month ago. Tiago, the owner of Tea Encounter, kindly included this in a recent order. It …

Tiago

The History of Tea in Colombia

This is an expanded section of a larger article detailing tea growing in Colombia and my travels there. You can read the full article here. The …

Armed Forces

Into the Cloud Forest: Finding a New Specialty Tea Origin in Colombia

ARRIVAL Sitting on the plane, having made my way from Los Angeles to Miami and now to Santiago de Cali, Colombia, it occurred to me that I hadn’t …

Which Teas Have the Most Antioxidants?

Customers looking to have the best possible health outcomes from their food and beverage choices are quick to pick up on the benefits of regularly …

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Tokyo: The 10 Essential Places for Tea

This hardly needs stating, but even so: Tokyo is a city like no other. The sheer density of food and drink around every corner, in every alleyway, …

Tea

2018 Spring Puer State of the Union

Reading Between the Tea Leaves<p>Originally I was going to play hooky on the state of the union for Puer in 2018. I haven’t fully accepted the fact that …

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2015 Zheng Si Long Yi Shan Mo

And back to my onslaught of Zheng Si Long samples. I hope you have been enjoying my current deep plunge into Tea Encounter's puerh catalogue...<br>This …

Cotton Candy

Lishan

A trip to Lishan only takes 3 and a half hours by car from Taipei! A full tank (40 USD) is all it cost to bring my family to these splendid …

2010 Fangmingyuan 0842 “5 Year Anniversary” and Thoughts on Old School Blends

This tea was likely made to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of Fangmingyuan with their own take on the classic 7542. From the name I wonder if …

2 stress free brewing methods

No, I'm not always brewing tea in gongfu cha style! This summer, I experimented with the simplest method I can think of: a big vessel, a layer of tea …

Washington and tea

Concubine Oolong from ShanLinXi, spring 2018To drink tea properly in the present, it helps to study the history of tea. Likewise, I thought it would …

2013 Fangmingyuan Nannou: Cheap and Good

This tea goes for $60.61 for 357g cake or $0.17/g. It’s rare to find a decent Nannou for this these days…<br>Dry leaves have notes of pear and …

1999 footprints in the electronic snow

Atypical zisha teapots is Teaparker's latest book in his art of tea collection. In this book, Teaparker starts his exploration of the immense world …

A Dive in my Cool Sea Chaxi

A successful Chaxi is when everything comes together around a common theme:<br>- The turquoise waves Chabu, shells and corals on top of a white fabric …

The Powerful Qi of 2007 Yang Qing Hao Huangshan Qizhong

Perhaps, like many of you reading this, I ended up just ordering one cake as a kind of sample cake to test the group buy thingy, sample the Yang Qing …

Brewing in sunlight

2017 spring high mountain Oolong from Fushou shanIn my previous article, I was exploring the interplay of light and shadows using a black Chabu. …

Very Good Lao Man E: 2011 Tea Urchin Lao Man E Spring

Certain puerh producing areas have a certain character, feel, or qi to them. Lao Man E is widely known for both its intense bitterness and its Qi …

Phong Nha mountains and caves

It's near Phong Nha that one finds Asia's oldest karst mountains. It's a kind of very dramatic and abrupt mountain that one finds often depicted in …

2011 Tea Urchin Autumn Gua Feng Zhai and Tips On Steeping Autumnal Puerh

Do you remember Tea Urchin? … They made such a splash in the Western puerh drinking world back in 2011/2012. Owners Eugene and Bell stunned us all …

Brewing outdoors in Norway and elsewhere

Hakon from Norway sent me this picture and wrote the following note:<br>"Dear Stéphane,<br>Earlier today I sat outside reading your well-written newsletter …

Gathering Background Information: Authenticating a Stack of 1970s Zhongcha Guang Yun Gong Bings

When trying to determine the age of an old puerh, I think vendor information should be taken with a grain of salt. The older a puerh is, the more …

You Need Experience: Authenticating a Stack of 1970s Zhongcha Guang Yun Gong Bings

First, I must say, it is not super easy to confirm this puerh’s authenticity. There are a few reasons for this. But on a personal level, I have never …

De la hi-fi pour mon Gao Shan Oolong

Oolong de Tian Chi du printemps 2018Le rayon de soleil qui illumine le Chaxi met la pureté du thé et des accessoires à nu. Cette lumière …

The pitfalls of discussing puerh prices

Top of the tong green mark puerh from the early 1990sEarly 1990s green mark raw puerhIf you've studied economics or business strategy, you'll know …

Existenzmaximum @Alishan

(Deutsche Leser können zum Schluß dieses Artikels ein Paar Sätze auf Deutsch lesen).<br>Existenzmaximum est un mot composé comme on en trouve beaucoup en …

Early July vacation / les vacances approchent

Wenshan Baozhong, spring 2018I'll be vacationing with friends and family during the first week of July. If your tea order is urgent, please place it …

Taste & Qi Can't Lie: Authenticating a Stack of 1970s Zhongcha Guang Yun Gong Bings

If you are really trying to confirm the authenticity of an aged puerh, you got to sample it for yourself first. You should never buy blindly. …