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The Secondary Pu’erh Market & a Few Pricing Factors

The secondary market is defined in this ebay guide on collectibles terminology as: “the buying and selling of collectibles previously sold on the primary market by retailers to collectors.” . Even though it is a consumable, the pu’erh market is also … Continue reading

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Importance of Drinking Moderation

After I had scheduled this post for publication, Marshaln published a post on Caffeine Detox. This is worth reading over. The comments section also includes some personal experiences about overconsumption / overdosing on caffeine. I suspect the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Big Region. Small Region. Tree Age.

Pu’erh marketing is filled with noise that ranges from the mildly inaccurate to absurdist comedy. One of the most important lessons you learn early is to filter out out information that isn’t important. In the end most of us can … Continue reading

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10 Non-Tea Items To Help You Get Started With Puerh – Guest Post w/Garrett

Garrett is a local tea friend of mine who I drink pu’erh with regularly for the past two years. He’s appeared in a few inbetweenisodes and you can follow him on Instagram at islikewater. Maybe you have tried a few … Continue reading

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Simple Home Storage Solutions

Pu’erh storage is as complicated as you want to make it. But it’s also an issue that needs to be addressed for anyone with a stash. Keeping your pu’erh in open air or close to aromas is a good way to … Continue reading

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Baseball Closers, 99 Bottles of Wine (Drink Your Damn Tea & Buy the Good Shit)

In major league baseball a team’s best relief pitcher is nearly always their closer. For years, the closer has been only used under very specific criteria. (a) Their team is ahead by three runs or less (b) there is one … Continue reading

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Five Things I Like and Don’t Like. Group Buys, Buying Off the Shelf, Old Trees, YS Wet Teas.

Things that have been occurring in the tea world that I like and dislike.. Group Buys Group buys have been popping up with increasing frequency over the past 1.5 years. They can be a very good way to try teas, … Continue reading

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Early Yunnan Sourcing Production Aging Mini-Report & Some Pu’erh Thoughts

Many of the original pu’erh productions by western-facing vendor were in the 2009 or 2010 and principally done by Essence of Tea and Yunnan Sourcing. A lot has changed since then, and while there’s the odd production that has stayed … Continue reading

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No Frills. 18 Quick Hits, Less Premium Young Tea Report

One of the perks (or drawbacks) of having a blog is literally drowning in tea/samples. I’m not really in the market for young tea, especially not cheaper young tea. This is mainly because I don’t drink these teas nearly often … Continue reading

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Tea Drinking Reflections 2016 & 15 Cake Challenge 2017

In what is becoming a yearly tradition, I spent too much and bought too much in 2016.  An extended trip to Asia didn’t help matters. Unlike 2015 I’m actually pretty happy with what I spent money on. Part of this … Continue reading

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