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15/11: The operation shutdown

PuerhShop Wholesale would cease to exist, effective Dec.1st 2017.

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27/08: Price v. Quality

Price isn't always an indicator of quality.

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28/05: New System

While I was in Kunming, our system crashed. It was a panic attack ...

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27/02: 2016 Spring Tea Trip

In a few weeks, I shall depart to Kunming, just in time for 2016 Spring tea harvest.

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16/07: Kunming Tea Factory

Kunming Tea Factory is, without any doubt, one of the oldest tea factories in the world.

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11/07: Puerh Shop Wholesale Start Now

I am building our wholesale webshop, it is functional right now at china.puerhshop.com.

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15/06: 2015 Spring tea trip, part III

I never thought I would come this far, I found few teas worth to buy.

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11/05: 2015 Spring tea trip, part II

I have been in Kunming for more than 2 weeks now. Thing is looking good so far.

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03/05: 2015 Spring tea trip, part I

It's late Spring when the weather in Detroit was still cold. Time waits for no one, so I packed my luggage.

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11/02: They wanted it back

As is customary for a supplier in China to buy back he sold, if I got it, his stock is sold out and more clients are asking for it.

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09/02: Facelift at PuerhShop.com

Great news, our web shop has undergone a facelift.

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02/09: How to remove tea stain without effects

The tea stain is considered as the hardest thing to remove if you have been a tea drinker for a while.

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27/08: Good news, store will be kept open ...

We are not going to close the webshop as noted here since last month.

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26/05: Four Teas to Test Against Pesticide

On this Memories Day I spent my time to test four teas.

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18/05: Pesticide Detection Against Existing Teas

I bought back home a few boxes of the pesticide detection devices, the intention was obvious. It would be nice to sell only the teas that are chemical free.

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11/05: 2014 Spring Tea Trip, Part IV

What are coming to USA this Summer?

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27/04: 2014 Spring Tea Trip, Part III

After I bought this tea cake, my funds were running out. I am not sure what I am going to do in the next two weeks.

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14/04: 2014 Spring Tea Trip, Part II

In 2014, we acquired a new weapon to combat common pesticide issues in the tea fields.

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02/04: 2014 Spring Tea Trip, Part I

I had been in Kunming since last week.

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20/03: Photos sent from LBZ 2014 Spring

The maocha (raw material for Pu-erh tea) at Lao Banzhang is selling at 3000-3500 RMB ( $ 500- $ 570) per kilo, reported today, it is estimated the retail price of a single tea cake would be 4000 RMB ($ 650) for 2014 Spring production. Ouch!

Here are the photos sent from Lao Banzhang village in early March, 2014.

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20/02: 2014, a year that is unsettling II

By all accounts, 2014 is confirmed to be a unsettling year for Pu-erh tea.

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21/01: On Ancient Tree Tea III

You would think I have done talking on Ancient Tree Tea? Not quite yet.

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19/01: On Ancient Tree Tea II

Do you know an Ancient Tree Tea had costed less than a plantation tea before 2007?

Why? The Ancient Tree Tea was hard to harvest, its appearance was less appealing (by the standard back then), and you could not get it in large quantity.

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18/01: On Ancient Tree Tea

Since last year, the price and demand for the teas made from the anicent trees have been on a steadily rising. We anticipated that 2014 would be a record breaking year for the anicent tree tea.

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12/01: A Flat Pu-erh Tea

A flat pu-erh tea is observed when the tea has stored for a period of time, when brewing it, it losts its aroma, and it even tastes awful.

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29/12: Xishuangbanna Freezing

The temperature in Xishuangbanna this winter had gone below zero celsius, the coldest days recorded in last 10 years.

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18/12: 2014, a year that is unsettling

Can you believe I have booked my 2014 Spring tea trip?

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15/11: 2013 Autumn Tea Trip, Part IV

I did not talk much about a tea farmer and his family.

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06/11: 2013 Autumn Tea Trip, Part III

My trip ended as planned. You could make a lots of great teas if you had a deep pocket, but for us, a half dozen teas seemed like enough for the season.

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06/10: 2013 Autumn Tea Trip, Part II

I bet you that you are not familiar with 'Pursue' (or Puxiu) as a reputable Pu-erh tea brand.

You'd be surprised if you dig into this.

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05/10: 2013 Autumn Tea Trip, Part I

It is well known that Dayi brand products (by Menghai Tea Factory) underwent a huge price hike recently.

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20/09: Two teas to compare

I bought a tea cake from a chinese grocery store during my recent trip to Toronto.

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11/09: 2013 Autumn Tea Trip

Yours sincerely would start his 2013 Autumn tea trip soon.

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10/08: American Hao, the first generation

What I did lately was to update some of the photos for our American Hao, the first generation.

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16/06: Presentation, Presentation

While waiting for our new teas from 2013 Spring to arrive, I found it's high time to update some of our photos at our website.

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14/06: A few good clips on Youtube

I enjoyed these video clips on Youtube.

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13/06: Wonderful Jinggu Ripe Pu-erh Tea

We all know that the best ripe Pu-erh tea comes from Menghai area. But ...

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22/05: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part VII

Is it worth the hundreds of dollars to buy an aged tea? There are so many talks about this ...

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12/05: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part VI

We were pretty much confident on buying great Pu-erh teas, but our purchasing experience with other teas were hit and miss.

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10/05: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part V

We received MGH 1304, and MGH 1305 tea cakes one week ago.

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30/04: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part IV

For all these years I got it all wrong.

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23/04: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part III

I had just returned from hot Xishuangbanna.

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10/04: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part II

When you do it continuously for 3 years, you know it better than most people. I am talking about our flagship product: Chocolate Bar.

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02/04: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part I

Hello, Kunming, here I come. My trip took a total 21 hours from Detriot to Beijing, and then Kunming.

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28/03: Rejuvenate a Stale Tea

Green tea is kinda scary, it has a short shelf life.

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14/02: 2013 Spring Tea Trip

Time flys, it's time to plan our 2013 Spring tea trip already.

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04/01: Holy grail in Pu-erh tea

Is there the best of the bests in Pu-erh tea?

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09/12: No action

Just post a note that we are moving from olden Indianapolis, Indiana to Troy (a suburb of greater Detroit), Michigan.

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06/11: What are my daily Pu-erh?

You may wonder what a guy in tea business whom drinks currently?

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30/10: One tea, two cities

The most interesting tea we got in 2012 Fall is 2004 Red Dayi 7542 Tea Cake.

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21/10: 2012 Autumn Tea Trip, Part IV

This is the final chapter to write about my 2012 Autumn Tea Trip. Yes, I am back home in Indy already.

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02/10: 2012 Autumn Tea Trip, Part III

From Sept. 26th to Oct 2nd, I was in Xishuangbanna.

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14/09: 2012 Autumn Tea Trip, Part II

I bet you have never seen a private reserve.

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09/09: 2012 Autumn Tea Trip, Part I

I had been in Kunming for 10 days, and I had to say nothing much was going on.

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19/08: Confidence in MGH

2008 American Hao 0801 Pu-erh Tea Cake is the very first tea we managed to make.

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14/08: 2012 Autumn Tea Trip

How time flies! It's that time of the year again. Of course I did not mean Christmas, but the time is now for a Fall tea trip.

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07/08: On aged tea

Some of our customers have asked me why not stocking up some aged teas.

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06/07: Cost of Doing Business

We are a small operation to provide gourmet teas to North Americans.

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01/07: 2012 Himalaya Trip DV

I landed at Indianapolis on June 28th. safe and sound.

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26/06: Haiwan Tea Factory

First, a guessing game, which Pu-erh tea company is located in Kunming, it had a clean moderm plant that certified by multiple international organizations, and owned by renowned former Menghai Tea factory key persons?

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21/06: 2012 Himalaya Trip

2012 Himalaya trip ends on June 17th.

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21/05: 2012 Spring Tea Trip - new MGH Chocolate Bars

Here is a sneak preview of newly made MGH Chocolate Bars.

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10/05: 2012 Spring Tea Trip - seeking goodies

I don't think I would get any more decent fresh new maocha to make new MGH by now, so my focus would turn to the goodies I could find at the market place, namely, the tea wholesale market.

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08/05: 2012 Spring Tea Trip - about MGH series

2012 Spring Tea Trip is partially successful so far. We made arrangements with a few tea farmers for their best harvests as early as last Fall.

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02/04: 2012 Spring Tea Trip

My 2012 Spring tea trip is finally confirmed after the ticket were purchased, the ticket prices were much higher than ever before, because of gasoline.

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21/03: Pu-erh Tea Recipes

This is supposed to be the top secret. Something like 'I can tell you, but I have to kill you'.

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18/03: Tea for dump

Do we got a tea that was taken off from the shelf. Surely you bet.

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08/03: Our 'mediocre' tea List

A few customers concerned that what are our 'mediocre' teas.

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02/03: What is an 'Organic' Pu-erh Tea?

Like many modern agriculture products, Pu-erh tea is no longer a naturely 'organic' beverage, some pesticides and other chemicals are used in the modern tea fields.

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28/02: I have reasons to be worried.

Three years in a row Yunnan is in drought, just like I bad mouthed two years ago.

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27/02: Buy a Pu-erh tea for aging, Part IV

We rushed to a conclusion a bit earlier than we should. A few points need to be explained.

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26/02: Buy a Pu-erh tea for aging, Part III

It's time for us to reveal the secret.

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22/02: Buy a Pu-erh tea for aging, Part II

Nobody has a crystal ball when it comes to decide if a tea has great aging potential.

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19/02: Buy a Pu-erh tea for aging, Part I

It is a topic in which most Pu-erh tea lovers would be interested.

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28/01: I have a dream

Recently I was engaged in Taobao business more than anything.

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21/01: 2012 Tea Hunting Season Starts Soon

I am writing on the eve of Chinese New Year - this is going to be a Dragon year.


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29/12: 2011 Year End Statement

The worst year of Pu-erh tea has to be 2007.

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26/11: Yiwu Workmanship

The most Pu-erh tea cakes and bricks are made in Menghai, but the best workmanship is found in Yiwu.

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24/11: On ripe Pu-erh tea, Part IV

Let the truth be told, a good ripe/fermented Pu-erh tea is NOT necessarily tasted dirt/earthy, pondy/fishy, or sour when you just bought it.

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22/11: 2009 Small Banzhang Green Tea Cake

If there is a green Pu-erh I am nagging about, it is this 2009 Small Banzhang Green Tea Cake.

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18/11: On ripe Pu-erh tea, Part III

As a tea merchant, I too have a test to pass. When I met up with a new vendor, she/he would cheerfully offer me two teas to try, and ask me which was better and why?

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17/11: On ripe Pu-erh tea, Part II

Why Pu-erh tea is so dominant? Once you start with a Pu-erh, all other teas are faded away.

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16/11: On ripe Pu-erh tea, Part I

My daily tea drink nowadays, believe it or not, is mostly a ripen/cooked/shu/fermented Pu-erh tea.

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27/10: A sorry sight

As you know, our first batch of the shipments arrived.

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09/10: 2011 Fall Tea Trip VII

In a couple of days, I shall be back in the states.

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22/09: 2011 Fall Tea Trip VI

There is a widespread speculation on the price jump next year because of dismay tea harvests this whole year in Yunnan from Spring to Fall. In addition, our governments could not keep the inflation at bay ...

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19/09: 2011 Fall Tea Trip V

We just returned from beautiful Xishuangbanna.

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03/09: 2011 Fall Tea Trip IV

Yesterday I got a chance to taste a genuine LBZ, today I had a genuine Gaoshanzhai, I was in heaven.

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30/08: 2011 Fall Tea Trip III

Despite my jet lag, I was at Kunming Tea markets every single day. The goal was seeking some decent old teas at a reasonable price before heading down to Xishuangbanna for 2011 Fall harvest.

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28/08: 2011 Fall Tea Trip II

The 88 Qingbing is a legend, it is one of the most famous aged tea cakes at the market place.

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13/08: 2011 Fall Tea Trip I

Watch US dollar taking a nose dive against Chinese currency, it's painful to plan another China trip.

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13/08: MGH in the future, Part III

It takes me a long while to fully comprehend this even it is so simple, consider it a top secret, ha ha!

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09/07: A dialog on 2011 MGH 1104 Pu-erh Brick

2011 MGH 1104 Pu-erh Brick Tea is under the radar, few people knew about it.

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23/06: MGH in the future, Part II

The second hint comes from a totally different source.

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19/06: An interesting speciman

We sat down and enjoyed our teas that day, then a new tea was brewed.

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08/06: MGH in the future, Part I

I got this idea from Baichatong, a small tea shop that is 5 minutes walk from my home in Kunming.

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25/04: MGH 1102 Arrived at Kunming

MGH 1102 is the first one I received.

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15/04: My rewards with my new Lavida

My little VW Lavida did me a lots of good since it arrived on April 6th. I drove it down to Xishuangbanna in just 6 hours.

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14/04: American Hao 2011 Spring Line up

In 2011 Spring, we would have at least 4 new American Hao teas to be made.

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19/03: Waiting Game

China is the only country I know that you order a new car and you have to wait for the delivery. I am stuck in Kunming.

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13/03: Puerh Shop in China

I left Indy on March 8th, my plane landed at Kunming March 10th, after 30 plus tiring hours spent in 3 airplanes and 5 airports.

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24/02: Shopping List

As you might know, my 2011 tea trip shall be started.

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03/02: 2011 Spring Tea Trip Scheduled

2011 Spring is fast approching so I made the move to book a ticket to fly China at the second week of March.

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03/02: Cybercrime

At the start of every year we became a victim of a cyber crime.

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20/12: What makes Yiwu Manluo so good

Our shipment of 3 Yiwu Manluo Teas arrived.

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05/12: Bad News

After we got our shipment of American Hao 1005, a small ripen brick, I started a few tasting sessions with it.

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02/12: What to expect in 2011

In 2010, we saw a flat tea sales, and the business had been slow. If we compare what we did at Chinese eBay (Taobao), it's a shame!

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13/10: New American Hao Write up

It's a draft that was never made it into a being.

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07/10: 2010 Fall Tea Trip, Part VII

I had blogged that 5 American Hao teas were going to be made in 2010 and most of them were available now at our webshop.

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02/10: 2010 Fall Tea Trip, Part VI

Yiwu Manluo Tea Factory is the largest and the oldest modern tea factory in Yiwu. Most others can only be called tea workshops.

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30/09: 2010 Fall Tea Trip, Part V

We arrived at Mangzhi Tea Mountain on Sept. 26th. just in time for great Fall harvest.

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19/09: 2010 Fall Tea Trip, Part IV

The 2010 American Hao line-up

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17/09: 2010 Fall Tea Trip, Part III

Mansong Tea - The Crown Jewels of Yibang, A tribute tea

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17/09: 2010 Fall Tea Trip, Part II

A GENUINE Old Banzhang Tea, American Hao 1002 is going to be made.

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13/09: 2010 Fall Tea Trip, Part I

I had been in Kunming since Aug.

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13/08: A Wholesome Ice Tea

If I tell you I know how to make a great ice tea, you might not believe me.

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12/08: Beer in my refrigerator

Finally I got something I could enjoy in my refrigerator, a lager beer that tasted good and wholesome.

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10/08: The Earthquake in Puerh Tea Caused by a Book

Early this year, a book named 'Pu-erh Tea Legends: A Full Decryption" was published, and it was jaw dropping shocking and caused an earthquake in Pu-erh tea business.

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04/08: Fermenting Thought IV

Learn to walk before you run, that is the principle I have to go by.

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29/07: Fermenting Thought III

What's wrong with the modern cooked tea production?

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27/07: 2010 Autumn Tea Trip, the mission

It's better to set a goal before the trip starts.

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17/07: 2010 Autumn Tea Trip Planned

Time flys. It seems to be that time of the year again. No, I am not talking about Christmas.

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10/07: Fermenting Thought II

The first bottle of liquor is ready.

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02/07: Fermenting Thought I

Starting this week, I started some experiments in fermenting, perfect for July 4th holday.

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19/06: Maocha become my favorite

This week I had the chance to taste two of our most inexpensive maocha.

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13/06: Quest for the best Pu-erh tea

There is a famous saying on buying Puerh tea in Chinese.

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29/05: First American Hao

Today I dig out a piece of our American Hao 0801 and give it a spin.

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10/05: Making Samples

Yes, I know. To make a sample of a tea is laborious and tedious.

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03/05: laoCangjia Pu-erh Tea

I had sort of official Xishuangbanna government connection since two years ago, I was introduced to an official who worked at Human Resources in Xishuanbanna government. In China, a government connection is a must have to succeed in business.

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29/04: American Hao Paper Box

In a commercial world, the packaging becomes a critical factor in marketing a product.

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28/04: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, the final chapter

I had attempted to make a few more American Hao teas this Spring, but failed.

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12/04: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part VIII

My understanding of the ripen pu-erh changed forever since I talked to a tea guru.

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08/04: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part VII

Can you tell which tea is better by just examining them from broken pieces?

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08/04: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part VI

We have returned from our Xishuangbanna trip, almost empty handed.

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30/03: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part V

Before we head to Xishuangbanna soon, I checked our inventory in Kunming.


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29/03: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part IV

Let it rain... From March 27th. we finally got a rain and again on March 28th., although it was made happen with human intervention.

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26/03: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part III

I have been waiting in Kunming anxiously for more than 2 weeks now, but I have not seen a single drop of rain. It is depressing.

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20/03: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part II

So far, it's a major disappointment, 2010 Spring Pu-erh tea is nowhere to be found.

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14/03: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part I

The plane landed at Kunming International Airport. It took a total of more than 27 hours since the departure from Indy.

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27/02: 2010 Tea Trip Planned

I talked to a friend in Youle mountain today, he said 2010 Spring plantation tea was available now.

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10/02: A tea they said it won't age

2003 Keyixing Yiwu Pu-erh Tea Cake is dismissed as a good candidate for aging, IT IS is for drinking now, since it's too mild, with no guts to age well, a lots people said so.

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08/01: What's going to be in 2010

We are still in a winter storm, but my heart has escaped to a warm 'South of Cloud', Yunnan, so to speak.

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22/12: Merry Christmas!

It's not a holiday for a Chinese american, I can tell you that.

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13/12: My Taobao business

Chinese Taobao is a platform much like its US counterpart eBay, there are millions items offered for bargain hunters.

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07/11: 2009 Fall Tea Trip, Part VII

Both Mr. Wang and Mr. Du have been my buddies since early 70s last century.

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05/11: 2009 Fall Tea Trip, Part VI

I spent last two days of my tea trip at Maliandao, Beijing, the famous tea district in Northern China before returning home.

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16/10: 2009 Fall Tea Trip, Part V

The fresh leaves just plucked smelled so wonderfully, you started to think the resulting maocha would be great.

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14/10: 2009 Fall Tea Trip, Part IV

Bada was the third objective for Menghai tea this time, as we had been in Nannuo, and Bulang a few times already.


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12/10: 2009 Fall Tea Trip, Part III

We did not exactly leaving Yiwu empty handed because of many less impressive tasting sessions. At the back of our truck, we got two big bags of maocha, which we decided to get for our American Hao 0906.

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10/10: 2009 Fall Tea Trip, Part II

The first day saw us landing at Yiwu village with hope to get tons of great Yiwu Zhengshan materials.

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08/10: 2009 Fall Tea Trip, Part I

By the second week of October, we have toured all famous tea mountains in Menghai.

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26/08: A long life cycle for green Pu-erh

Pu-erh tea is said to be: the older it gets, the better it tastes.

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16/08: Amazed

I was completely amazed recently ...

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08/08: The Classification of Tea Fields in Xishuangbanna

Also from Douji's website, we captured these photos for the classification of various tea fields, existing today in Xishuangbanna.

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08/08: 12 Tea Mountains in Xishuangbanna

From Douji's website, we have a map that illustrates the best tea production areas in Xishuangbanna.


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18/07: 2004 CNNP Old Tree Green Pu-erh Tea Cake

I was sampling some of my old stock. From time to time, there was a little nice surprise.

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29/06: Independent thinking in selecting a tea

We all influenced by others when it comes to select a tea to buy. No one wants to buy junks as there are so many out there!

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18/06: Back in town

After shipping out the load of teas to USA in Kunming, I took a plane home.

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21/05: 2009 Tea Trip Part III

I knew I was a little late when I arrived in Banna in terms of chasing Spring tea.

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05/05: 2009 Tea Trip Part II

I have been thinking about the 0901 tea I am going to make.

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30/04: 2009 tea trip Part I

The time is fast approaching for a tea trip in 2009.

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08/04: A chinese visa is coming

I have paid Chinese Embassy over $ 1,000 since I hold a foreign passport.

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03/04: A gift and etc.

I was offered a brand new Nikon SLR camera by a visitor from China, a big boss doing over 100 millions in business.

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20/03: My daily drinking tea

Tea is part of my life for sure. I drink a lot from early morning till late at night.

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19/02: First 2009 Trip for Tea

2009 would be proven a tough year for eveyone.

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21/01: New Shipment

It's lost in the mail. I thought it only refers to a check that's never sent.

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27/12: Is it worth it?

I often heard people complaining on the prices of some teas.

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26/12: New Year Price Adjustment

When a new year is upon us, it customary to adjust the prices for all Pu-erh teas.

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23/12: Hello, 2009

2008 is almost behind us already.

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06/12: What is Bingdao?

There are many teas at Puerh Shop labeled as 'Bingdao'.

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30/11: Memoir of Nannuo Mountain, Part III

The tea we dealt with at Nannuo mountain should be called 'Single Estate' tea by definition.

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29/11: Memoir of Nannuo Mountain, Part II

Nannuo Mountain was as good as other famous tea mountains we had been. The air was fresh, and the water was clean, it could be a great tourist spot for all I knew.

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28/11: Memoir of Nannuo Mountain, Part I

Departing from Jinhong, the capital of Banna to the west, we headed to the heartland of Menghai.

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27/11: Kunming Storage

It is said that Kunming is bad for Pu-erh storage. But lately I started to hear something otherwise.

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18/11: Waiting for the shipment

I was anxious again for the shipments due to arrive.

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12/11: Appreciating American Hao

Based on my shipping records, The first shipment of American Hao #0802 is due to arrive in a couple of weeks.

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09/11: A tea they won't sell to you

In my 2008 tea trip, I encountered two cases that a vendor would not sell her/his tea.

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26/10: A Limbo Period for a Tea

A great new tea could go bad during its aging process?

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20/10: End 2008 Fall Tea Trip

My plane takes off tomorrow back to USA.

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30/09: American Hao 0802 was made

Just returned from my 5 day Banna trip.

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23/09: Leaving for Banna Tomorrow

The arrangement was made to make my 2nd trip to Banna this year.

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21/09: 2008 Fall Tea Trip

My plane landed in Kunming Sept. 20, 2008.

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13/09: Youle Tea

Youle is one of the ancient six famous tea mountains, possibly the first tea mountain recorded in the history book on Pu-erh tea.

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09/09: First American Hao

I bet our name on American Hao, it has to be good.

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05/09: American Hao arrived

I have been waiting for this moment for a while.

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03/09: American Hao is on a plane ...

Anxiously, I cannot wait to see my first baby, American Hao 0801.

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25/08: First American Hao = 2nd XZH?

I was reading a story on making of XZH.

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15/08: Dayi Saga

Dayi is the first brand in Pu-erh tea, and it used to be expensive.

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13/08: American Hao is sailing, Finally!

An order has been placed to make our first real American Hao, the batch # 801.

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11/08: Yiwu Tea Myth

At present, Puerh Shop has more than a dozen of Yiwu teas.

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01/08: American Hao is back on the table

With my brand new passport, and a plane ticket in hand, it seems I am ready to execute the plan to make American Hao.

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28/07: Benchmarks

There are a few teas we admired the most and take them as the benchmarks to judge other teas.

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22/07: Yiwu Pu-erh Tea Museum

A friend of mine took a picture at Yiwu Pu-erh Tea Museum and sent to me.

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21/07: Load Up Xiaguan Teas

Since we would start to carry a number of Dayi (Menghai Tea Factory) products, it's only natural for us to get some Xiaguan teas as well.

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