Tag Archives: Indigenous tea culture

Pu erh’s Needed Basics

Mystification in Puerh’s world comes from some of its legitimate claims, but it also comes from regurgitated misinformation, marketing, and the intensely pretentious. Mystification, though, can also serve to hide or manipulate knowledge and create hype, and it is at this, that this little bit of writing is directed. Continue reading

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Tribute Photos to a Year of Tea and Mountains – 7

A tribute to mountains, tea, their characters and the preservation of the mountain culture and environments. Continue reading

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South Tea Sips 5: Concluding Sips…for now

Last days inevitably require ‘last sips’, though no sips will really be ‘last’ ones when it comes to tea. Having left Lao Banzhang, Marco and I head back to our base of food, operations, community, and what is left of … Continue reading

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South Tea Sips 3: Moustaches and Matè Unleashed

  Those who enjoy tea’s ability to “lay the hammer down softly” have always held Jing Mai teas in regard. These words were used once by a Guangdong friend of mine whose abilities to discern teas – despite a ferocious … Continue reading

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South Tea Sips 2: Meals, Forearms, and an Enduring Tea Truth

  Meals seem to at times provide the only respite from the luscious infusions of tea which hit from everywhere at once. We sit in Dafa’s dark wooden kitchen on the second floor of his home deep into Nan Nuo’s … Continue reading

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South Tea Sips l : Marco, Matè, and Menghai

  Marco Antonio Zamboni Zalamena and his matè bag have arrived but I cannot find either. Three different bus stations in southern Yunnan’s hot capital of Jinghong are empty of him. I’m ripped on far too much tea, slightly manic, … Continue reading

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My latest article for UNESCO on tea

Goes without say that the article (titled “Ancient Green Wisdom“) is best read with a cup of tea and perhaps a good deal more than simply “a” cup

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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 … Continue reading

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Up a Classic with a Classic – Xishuangbanna Continued

Teashops and tea cups have to at some point make way for the tea forests and fields. Fluid must give way to its ‘source’. As much as my entire being loves to be shoved into a tight little shop sipping … Continue reading

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Bang Ma Sip

A little recollection of being introduced to Bang Ma tea; it contentedly remains a tea by my side on every journey since discovering it.   There are moments that hit when the head and heart – and in this particular … Continue reading

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