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The Case for Northern Tea (North of Banna)

In the pu’erh world there’s three major prefectures in Yunnan that make pu’erh tea, Xishuangbanna, Simao (pu’erh), and Lincang. These do not necessarily get proportionate coverage. It’s hard to argue there’s not a heavy Xishuangbanna bias when it comes to … Continue reading

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Low Barrier Pu’erh Storage Solutions for Casual Pu’erh Drinkers

To the casuals, pumidors are intimidating.. They’re not something anyone really wants to jump into quickly. For seasoned pu’erh folk, one feature of using a pumidor to store tea is that it tends to scale fairly well if you can … Continue reading

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Tea Reflections During a Global Pandemic

This has easily been the weirdest year I’ve been alive. Living in a global pandemic has not just shifted our regular routines and status quo, it has completely destroyed them. Denny and I worked from home before the pandemic and … Continue reading

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Why Shelf-Stored Pu’erh Storage in the West Is Usually Bad

(un)wise words: If you’re comfortable in your living environment, pu’erh will also age well in that environment. In the search for information on pu’erh storage you’ll sometimes come across folk-wisdom like this that makes longer term pu’erh storage seem awfully … Continue reading

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Five things I Like & Dislike COVID19 Edition…

Five things I like & dislike COVID19 Edition… Very Slow International Shipping The most obvious thing and a clear dislike. We now have all kinds of time at home for tea. But unfortunately international shipping, especially from China, has grinded … Continue reading

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The Gift of Skepticism. Why Having a Suspicious Outlook in the Online Tea World Can Be Beneficial

Occasionally I get asked what advice I’d give myself if I were starting over in tea. There’s a lot of things I could do. I’d undoubtedly point myself towards better sources and away from worst ones. I’d probably choose to … Continue reading

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What I Like About Yiwu Teas & 2005 Purple Yisheng [Inbetweenisode 230]

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What is Good Oolong Storage (for aging)? [Inbetweenisode 229]

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Old School Yiwu & 2003 Wistaria Zipin [Inbetweenisode 228]

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Tea Q&A, Best Time to Drink Tea, Mixing Steeps, Drinking Aged Pu’erh on a Budget & More! [IBS 227]

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