Life in Teacup

Pu’er Bubble And Alternatives

by Jason Walker on May 12, 2014

in Chinese, Japanese, Member Content

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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As we go about our daily lives, the teas we anticipate are being grown, plucked, and processed. I have reached out to my connections across the tea world to collect their reports of how the 2014 Spring Harvest is progressing.

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Long Jing Report – Dragon Well 2013

by Jason Walker on April 3, 2013

in Chinese, green, Voices of Tea

For those of you who have been pining for fresh 2013 dragonwell (longjing) green tea, there is good news. I have worked with fellow tea colleagues Gingko Seto of Life In Teacup and Wangxl223 of 家住龙井村 to find the latest details on the longjing harvest. Funny how weather creates unexpected change. January saw about 3 […]

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Part of a series on How To Expand Your Tea Education. Becoming informed about tea can be easy and hard at the same time. There are more than enough books about tea. Some would even say there are more books than there is demand. You can find training courses and certification bodies. One of the […]

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. Comment: It has all the components, but is the depth there? . Origin: Fujain, China Harvest: Fall 2011 Score: 87 Price (as of post): 1 oz = $3.99 . Sample provided by Life In Teacup. Compare teas with others on the Scoresheet. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. […]

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. Comment: outstanding bridge between the modern and more traditional roast tie guan yin character. . Origin: Fujian Harvest: 2002 Score: 89 Price (as of post): 32 g = $9 Sample provided by Life In Teacup. Compare teas with others on the Scoresheet. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. […]

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. Comment: layers and texture build from the first steep. . Origin: Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China Harvest: 1960’s ? Score: 92 Price (as of post): 5 g = $6 . Sample provided by Life In Teacup. Compare teas with others on the Scoresheet. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. […]

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