Tea journeys

Travel diary, tales and photos from our journeys to the tea plantations.

In Search of Hei Cha in the South of China

The last day in Guangzhou, at the largest tea market in the world (Fangcun). Tasting and purchase of collectable Pu'er and Hei Cha, post-fermented tea: Fu Zhuan Jin Hua and Qian Liang Cha from Hunan; Liubao and Lu'an Hei Cha.

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The Black Forest Tea

Journeying into the jungle in the rain, to visit a remote tea garden in the middle of the forest. The owner uses the leaves to produce an outstanding black tea.

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The Taiwanese Tieguanyin Master

Spending time with Master Chen, who has been producing Tieguanyin in Anxi for about thirty years, optimising his production methods from year to year without being swayed by current fashions.

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Anxi and its Tieguanyin

The first two days in the county of Anxi, in search of Tieguanyin. Visiting the town tea market, the plantations of Longjuan, and several tea factories. The first meeting with Mister Chen, the Taiwanese Tieguanyin master. Continue reading