Toronto Tea Festival – Speaking About (and Sipping) Puerh


Delighted to be speaking and slurping away at this year’s annual Toronto Tea Festival on behalf of our own JalamTeas.

A fierce tea drinker from the top of the world

A fierce tea drinker from the top of the world

January 30th’s talk “Puerh’s Roots – Caravan Fuel to Boutique Idol” will look at the ascent of the unique big leaf varietal that has appeased nomads and collectors alike for centuries.

Freshly made and shaped Puerh cakes

Freshly made and shaped Puerh cakes…the tea that travelled to the top of the world.

January 31st’s talk “The Tea Caravans to the Top of the World” will focus on the trade routes that ushered tea into Tibet and beyond. The faces, the words and memories, and the landscapes of the Himalayas will feature…along with the Puerh leaves from Yunnan.

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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3 Responses to Toronto Tea Festival – Speaking About (and Sipping) Puerh

  1. Rita Fong says:

    Super excited that you’ll be back and presenting at the Toronto Tea Festival again! Looking forward to both talks and will definitely drop by Jalam Teas’ booth to say hi and sip some amazing Puerhs! ?

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