Jalamteas Little Success Story Continues

With the New Year here in the present tense, we at Jalamteas wish to thank our sipping supporters who had a wonderful impact on our little venture of hand-sourcing rare Puerhs and getting them directly into your cups. We had buyers from seven countries purchase teas of our first Bada unfermented Puerh, and we’re now offering up a subscription model option here because of continued requests.

Lahu women of the Pulang Mountain area sort through dried tea leaves

Lahu women of the Pulang Mountain area sort through dried tea leaves

Each month an entirely new Puerh, with a story of the people who cultivate and harvest it, an interactive ‘adventure link’ showing you where the tea is from, and some little pieces of wisdom from the indigenous pickers on what the teas are good for what ailments.

A Pulang elder looks at a leaf on an ancient tea tree and takes in far more information than anyone can know

A Pulang elder looks at a leaf on an ancient tea tree and takes in far more information than anyone can know

We’ll continue to explore people, place, and plant, and continue to get great hard-to-find teas to you from Yunnan’s fabled southwest direct. Here’s to a tea-stained 2013.

The end result of a good session of slurping in Menghai: the leaves that gave delight, lie bare on a tea table

The end result of a good session of slurping in Menghai: the leaves that gave delight, lie bare on a tea table

About JeffFuchs

Bio Having lived for most of the past decade in Asia, Fuchs’ work has centered on indigenous mountain cultures, oral histories with an obsessive interest in tea. His photos and stories have appeared on three continents in award-winning publications Kyoto Journal, TRVL, and Outpost Magazine, as well as The Spanish Expedition Society, The Earth, Silkroad Foundation, The China Post Newspaper, The Toronto Star, The South China Morning Post and Traveler amongst others. Various pieces of his work are part of private collections in Europe, North America and Asia and he serves as the Asian Editor at Large for Canada’s award-winning Outpost magazine. Fuchs is the Wild China Explorer of the Year for 2011 for sustainable exploration of the Himalayan Trade Routes. He recently completed a month long expedition a previously undocumented ancient nomadic salt route at 4,000 metres becoming the first westerner to travel the Tsa’lam ‘salt road’ through Qinghai. Fuchs has written on indigenous perspectives for UNESCO, and has having consulted for National Geographic. Fuchs is a member of the fabled Explorers Club, which supports sustainable exploration and research. Jeff has worked with schools and universities, giving talks on both the importance of oral traditions, tea and mountain cultures. He has spoken to the prestigious Spanish Geographic Society in Madrid on culture and trade through the Himalayas and his sold out talk at the Museum of Nature in Canada focused on the enduring importance of oral narratives and the Himalayan trade routes. His recently released book ‘The Ancient Tea Horse Road’ (Penguin-Viking Publishers) details his 8-month groundbreaking journey traveling and chronicling one of the world’s great trade routes, The Tea Horse Road. Fuchs is the first westerner to have completed the entire route stretching almost six thousand kilometers through the Himalayas a dozen cultures. He makes his home in ‘Shangrila’, northwestern Yunnan upon the eastern extension of the Himalayan range where tea and mountains abound; and where he leads expeditions the award winning ‘Tea Horse Road Journey’ with Wild China along portions of the Ancient Tea Horse Road. To keep fueled up for life Fuchs co-founded JalamTeas which keeps him deep in the green while high in the hills.
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