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What is Puer?
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What is Puer?

In honor of our Puer tea class tomorrow morning (August 18th), we thought you might want to know a little more about the oft-misunderstood category of tea called Puer (also Pu’er, Pu’erh, or Pu-er). Just like White Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea, and Yellow Tea, there is also Puer Tea. It is a […]

Fresh Tea has Arrived
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Fresh Tea has Arrived

Our summer 2012 tea shipment has arrived in the tearoom! In the recent weeks, many of our teas have run low as we depleted our stock of the last season. After several delays, we now have full shelves of fresh tea to complement the end of your July. If you’ve been missing Putuo Shan Fo […]

Jin Xuan
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Jin Xuan “Milk Oolong”

New to our tearoom: Jin Xuan “Milk Oolong”! Also grown on the high peak of Ali Shan in central Taiwan, Jin Xuan (金萱乌龙茶) is a special and highly treasured variety of the tea bush. Its rolled and gently roasted leaves produce a golden infusion with a delicious floral aroma and a uniquely creamy texture. The […]

Gong-fu
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Gong-fu

Gongfu tea (功夫茶) is not well-known in the West. Using the same words as what we call “kung fu”, gongfu means performing a task with skill and effort. In the case of martial arts, it refers to wushi. In tea, we mean the mindful preparation of loose tea leaves in a manner designed to bring […]

Fresh 2012 Japanese Gyokuro
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Fresh 2012 Japanese Gyokuro

Straight from Japan, our fresh organic Nagatani Gyokuro has arrived! It’s been a year since we’ve carried this wonderful tea due to shortages on the farm where it is grown. A rarity among Japanese teas, Gyokuro bushes are covered with straw mats or tarps for a short period of the growing season just before picking […]

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