May 16, 2008


As I return from a tea filled week, a bit exhausted and overwhelmed, it’s kind of nice to be back in Kunming again. During the past week I’ve experienced so much and met so many open, generous and genuine people. Again and again I thought the trip couldn’t get any better, only to meet someone […]
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May 08, 2008

‘Banna bound

Armed with newly purchased camera, my Mandarin tutor (who I’ve managed to get hooked on pu), some mosquito spray, sunscreen and some cash, I’m off to Xishuangbanna for a week or so. Amongst destinations on our itinerary are Banzhang, YouLe, YiWu and most probably some unplanned tea adventures. Expect some reportage upon our return
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Apr 30, 2008

12 Gentlemen & 100 Year old pu

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently hanging out at the tea shop owned by the 12 Gentlemen, a group of puerh aficionados here in Kunming. The name itself is a reference to the 12 accoutrements deemed necessary for preparing tea in the Song dynasty. Of all the producers I’ve come across, these guys […]
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Apr 25, 2008

Visit to a tea factory

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting a tea factory. A friend was pressing a few bings of taidicha (plantation tea). Content to wait for a week or two until some quality 2008 Spring Gu Shu Maocha arrives, I accompanied her just for fun. The owner’s wife, being an ex-teacher, spoke great English and was […]
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Apr 21, 2008

Kunming 3rd International Puerh expo

Despite high hopes for this event, I have to say I was a little disappointed my day out at the tea expo. Filled with people, all handing out their business card, sussing out how how many cases you might like to buy from their factory whilst brewing their low quality teas that they brought for […]
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