Green tea has long been a common name in the West for healthy tea, or the other tea, other than black tea. In Japan, it enjoys an unrivaled monopoly, and in other places like Morocco it generally forms the base of local herbal tea. However, for the Chinese, green tea was and remainsthe tea of summer. The only type of tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant that carries cold energy. This means that according to Chinese medicine the role of green tea is to cool our body, no matter which temperature we drink it, and around this principle the local green tea industry in China is built.
Fresh green tea is coming soon
Green Tea 2022
After a gradual increase in traditional green tea prices in China in recent years, an increase that has also been felt here over the past 3 years, East China's green tea industry has suffered an even harder blow in the spring of 2022 due to strict Chinese government procedures over the spread of COVID. While the demand for popular teas such as Mao Pong, Anji Bai Cha and Long Jing, only increased, closures and restrictions on human resources in the farms and tea factories caused delays in harvesting, reduced crop yields and of course an even steeper increase in the already pricey tea. Evidences from the field tell of growers who even gave up harvesting this year in order to maintain their good name and without aggravating the existing situation. Failure to meet the schedules of the entire tea picking that relies entirely on the traditional agricultural calendar means a change in the rules of the game that can lead to poor quality, which does not match the customer's expectations.
Despite the recommendation of some of the farmers we work with in East China - to give up on this year's yield, we are currently waiting for samples from different regions and harvest times of the current spring, if only to examine and evaluate the changes the industry is going through this year and how it affects tea. Nevertheless, we will probably not get to bring as every year our favorite Tai Ping Hou Kui and Huang Shan Mao Feng. Experienced drinkers from previous years who are interested in joining us for a tasting session with those samples in Tea Room, are welcome to contact us for more details.
Wait, so there will be no green tea at all this year?
There will be. In fact, already last spring we started researching to expand our green tea sources to more districts, and we are soon expected to announce some new green tea products. Types of tea which are much less familiar and no less interesting than what we have known to date, some even experimental and exclusive to us after we had the honor of being partners in their production. Good things come to those who wait.