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Dark Tea in the U.S.

by Jason on November 2, 2014

in Chinese, Member Content

The August 2014 edition of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal included my article on the rise of sales of dark teas in the U.S. I talked with Bill Waddington of TeaSource, and Kevin Gascoyne of Camillia Sinensis Teahouse. Both companies see the potential of dark teas. Dark teas have a tradition of being considered a […]


Reports are coming in that mao cha prices for pu’er are drastically higher than last year – some reports revealing prices 5 to 10 times greater for the ingredient leaf. If this is the beginning of another pu’er bubble, what are the alternatives? How long will the bubble last?

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. Comment: soft, gentle, and faintly sweet character could make this an ideal first foray into dark tea (hei cha). . Origin: Guangxi Province, China Harvest: 2008 Score: 90 Price (as of post): 25 g = $5.00 . Sample provided by Camellia Sinensis. Compare teas with others on the Scoresheet. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog […]


. “Red” tea. “Black” tea. “Dark” tea. “Pu’er.” Many names, and not all the same. The terms get tossed around without much thought to the larger tea context. I have seen “red tea” used to label rooibos, but that fails to consider the older Chinese usage. “Black tea” is familiar in English, but that can […]