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Boutique Pu’erh. How Much of a Story Does the Top End of the Western Boutique Pu’erh Market Tell?

by James September 21, 2019

If you follow what gets said about prices each year, you would end up with the impression that the average price of tea has gone up. But more specifically the price at the most sought after regions (say Lao Banzhang, Bingdao) have gone completely through the roof. A lot of this narrative is anecdotal. Tales of rich Chinese buying up all the top-end product from X area. Part of it can also be seen when someone in the Sinosphere posts the maocha prices per location. These lists come with all sorts of contextual caveats, but the trend seems real. I don’t see any red flags to really doubt this storyline, but I was curious if it’d show up by looking at some of the data of prices on production by western facing vendors.

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2018 Crimson Lotus Tea Autumn Hekai Raw Pu’erh [Episode 316]

by James May 28, 2019

This episode, Denny and I brew a powerful young sheng by local Seattle friends, Crimson Lotus Tea. The tea is quite punchy, potent, and strong, you’ll be able to tell by just watching the video. Thank you to Lamu & … Continue reading →
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A Conversation w/Glen on Aging Tea in Seattle & Kunming, Blending & Tea Culture [Inbetweenisode 199]

by James May 23, 2019

In this episode, Glen and I have a casual conversation covering a wide arrange of tea and pu’erh centric topics. We start by talking about how tea is aging in Seattle (where we both live) and how that compares with … Continue reading →
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