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Tea Discovery by Lydia Kung

Gain new insight into the World of Tea through the expertise and observations of professional tea-taster Lydia Kung. Latest articles include:

Jasmine teas: end of a season and a little known fact   A refresher on making jasmine green teas and an inside view of a lesser-known step in jasmine tea processing.

Golden Monkey Black Tea   An introduction to this classic Chinese black tea with a focus on the processing techniques that draw out its showy golden tips, aroma, and taste.


We invite you to try the following new teas:

Seville Orange Pu-erh Tea

Familiar earthy notes and orange-y notes complement the cooked Pu-erh well

Organic Chun Mee Tea

One of China’s ten famous teas, with a full-bodied cup and a slightly acidic finish

Bi Luo Chun "Green Snail Spring," Competition Grade Tea

Slightly sweet, velvety with a delightful buttery finish

Rainflower Green Needle (Yu Hua) Tea

Complex full flavor with a delectable sapidity

Yunnan Pu-erh Very Old (Large Leaf)

Rich and nuanced, aromatic, smooth, mild and satisfying

Large Leaf Aged Pu-erh from Old Trees

Luscious aroma, dark, earthy and smooth with little aftertaste

Autumn Festival Specials

Prices valid only through December 31st.

Black tea aroma inhalation’s influence upon stress

Research shows black tea aroma may diminish stress levels caused by arithmetic mental stress tasks, and Darjeeling tea aroma tended to improve the mood before mental stress load.

Late May through June is Chunmee and Gunpowder green tea season

Lydia Kung delves into the everyday tea market with her exploration of China’s large-scale Chunmee and Gunpowder green tea production.

Green tea molecule could ward off strokes and heart attacks

Compound found in green tea, EGCG, breaks-up potentially deadly protein plaques in blood vessels.

What makes a mountain sacred?

Are there only physical factors to be contemplated or are there cultural considerations as well?


We invite you to try the following new teas:

Organic Green Needles, Special Grade

Pre-Qing Ming tea, intense fresh green aroma

Huangshan Mao Feng

Fat golden-green buds, sweet, delicate flavor

Golden Sprouting Buds Black

Persistent sweet notes, pleasant finish

15% Off Spring Green Tea Sale

All green teas on sale now through Sunday! Sale ends midnight PST March 25th.

The Romance of Teas

Lydia Kung discusses the continual monitoring and regulated process by which rare teas advance from the growers to the container loading facility, onto the vessel, and to the consignee and consumer here in the United States. How do the big factories fit in with nostalgia for direct “farm-to-table” teas?

4715: Year of the Dog

What will happen in this industrious and challenging year? See our Year of the Dog Predictions!

Earth’s greatest travel rush starts in China

During chunyun, the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush between February 1 and March 12, about 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made as hundreds of millions of Chinese cram onto trains, buses, airplanes and boats to return to their hometowns for Chinese New Year.



Looking Back: 2017 in Teas

by Lydia Kung


Recollection of an unusual year in tea