Our ‘The Tea Explorer’ Doc Film Gets Some Blushing Reviews

After much time, edits, permits, scoring the music and still more editing down from the team at 90th Parallel Productions, our first airing of The Tea Explorer took place on July 23rd. The first reviews are in.

Film critic John Doyle from the Globe and Mail  called ‘The Tea Explorer” 

“Visually sumptuous”.


“The program, made by Andrew Gregg, is an enchantingly successful hybrid of adventure tale and extravagant celebration of tea and you will never be blasé about tea again after seeing it”.

for a full review see here

One of the many characters along the Tea Horse Road. This monk from near Dzogong in Eastern Tibet aided our team with directions and information about the routing of tea.

James Bawden remarked that “The Tea Explorer May be the Year’s Best Documentary”.

Two more airings have been added to CBC’s Doc Channel Programming, and I’ll be updating as I know more of the workings of film screenings, and air dates on TV.

A Hani tea harvester near Menghai.

As always, a bow of thanks to the mountains, to the skies, to the leaves and characters, and to those of you that have followed these many journeys over these many years.

A moment in Lo Manthang, Mustang, just after I receive a Kata (scarf offering) from a muleteer and tea trader, Konga. Konga was first met when our film team were shooting the film The Tea Explorer and this photo was taken within his little bedroom. A massive prayer wheel sits patiently beside his bed.

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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6 Responses to Our ‘The Tea Explorer’ Doc Film Gets Some Blushing Reviews

  1. I am interested in seeing your documentary, but I don’t have cable television. Is there any way to watch it online?

    • JeffFuchs says:

      Hi Spencer – I’m told there will at some point be an online version and dvd available. I’ll be updating when I know more about the when’s and how’s.


  2. Please make viewing available to the US and more people maybe through the internet? I would love to watch it.

    • JeffFuchs says:

      90th Parallel Productions is in the process of putting the film in out there in the world, including film festivals. I’ll be updating as I know more Mary Ann.
      thanks for the note –

  3. William says:

    Stunning Documentary! I have been a tea drinker my whole life and I feel that watching this enlightened me and I am now pushing my tea knowledge further. I’m researching Pu’erh teas online and seeking for the “right” ones. Any possible advise for me that you may have? I wish I could travel now to China, although online is as far as I’m going to make it anytime soon. I’d be grateful for your opinion.

    • JeffFuchs says:

      Great pleasure hearing from you William. Thanks for the note and great that the tea curve is expanding. There is so much for all of us in that leaf. As for Pu’erh teas I’m partial to Sheng, raw, unoxidized offerings. I co-founded Jalamteas.com and we offer a range of 100 gram cakes from small communities and mountains throughout southern Yunnan (in regions right around where we filmed). Misty Peaks also offers some great Pu’erhs, as does Crimson Lotus. The world of Pu’erh is growing and with it a lot of very average teas under the Pu’erh mantle. I also source older tree teas as well for a small group of collectors if you’re ever in the mood for something special. best to you William. – Jeff

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