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… from its origins in the forests of what is now Yunnan and Sichuan, to the Misty Peaks of Huangshan, to the famous cliffs of Wuyishan, to the secretive roasters of Anxi, to the cultivation of tea trees in Japan, Taiwan and India …

… from the cooking vessel of the mythical Yeti, to the great tea houses of Chengdu and Beijing and the rest of the world; from the Revolutionaries at the Boston Tea Party, to the economic crisis of the Opium wars, to the scientific investigations of its health benefits, Chinese Tea has a long and rich history …

Religions have used tea to advance the journey to enlightenment, governments have gone to war to control access, and Emperors have demanded tea as a royal tribute or tax payment. People have a way of coming together over a pot of tea, conversation is always enriched by a good brew. Tea can be a pleasant way to wind down an evening, a good pick-me-up in the late afternoon and an excellent morning greeting. Tea, brewed well, can taste like nothing but the purest water or the most complicated blend of fruit, flowers, herbs, and earthy fragrances.

Having the best leaves is no guarantee of a quality cup of tea — the type and temperature of the water, the brewing time, and how everything gets put into a pot or gaiwan to produce tea requires some care. (Some people say the company matters a great deal as well). We have gone to great lengths to share our knowledge with our customers so they get the most out of their tea experience. Quality information on tea is hard to come by. We are big on drinking tea, and we hope to never stop learning about it. China, tea, and the whole world for that matter, is constantly in flux. A Pu'er tree planted in an arbor 100 years ago is "lost" due to war and famine, classified as "wild" when it's rediscovered, and is now is slowly being co-opted back into an arbor type of existence. This is the perfect example of tea.

A little about us. We have always been interested in quality beverages, be it wine or coffee or tea. In 2000 we were awarded a grant to study tea in China so we spent over seven months visiting all the famous tea producing regions and chatting (and drinking) endlessly with the teapot artists, the tea pickers, the tea makers, and the tea sellers. From the three-wheeled cab driver who used to work on a tea farm in Wuyishan to the rich developer constructing a tea-tasting park in Guangzhou we found that tea people were the happiest folks we've ever met. Through some twist of fate, or what the Chinese call "yuan," we decided to open up our virtual teahouse and share what we know.