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China Day 3 : Into the Ancient Tea Forest with 聂江新 & 艾京 [Jingmai mountain Pt 1]

China Day 3 : Into the Ancient Tea Forest with 聂江新 &  艾京 [Jingmai mountain Pt 1]

Arriving at Mr Nankangs was like arriving home.  We took the car from Mr Xus and as time passed the landscape started to change.  It was clear that we were headed for the mountains.  We arrived at the gate that signalled the entry point to the Jingmai mountains and I felt a sense of excitement.   We made the now usual stop at the raised platform and scenic spots on the winding road up the hill and took in the incredible view in front of us.   The road up to the mountains is winding but well paved with cobbled...

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China Day 2 : Mr Xu & Menglian

China Day 2 : Mr Xu & Menglian

Having arrived late into Menglian we rise early the next day to head to the tea cooperative run by Mr Xu. I had last visited here in 2017 and fallen in love with the mission of the team here and of course the quality and profile of the tea The cooperative was founded in 2005 when, in response to a call from the government, Mr Xu and a number of his trusted colleagues from Bao Shan City : Teng Chong, came to this area to start a tea cooperative. Tea was not new to Mr Xu he is a 5th...

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China 2019 : Day 1 : Kunming & Mengku Puer with Mrs Zhao

China 2019 : Day 1 : Kunming & Mengku Puer with Mrs Zhao

Like any good day in china we started with noodles, greens and omelette at a small store on the roadside - very welcome after a long trip which saw us finally arrive in Kunming the evening before.   Felling ready for the day ahead we headed to the tea market to meet with Mr Ni and Mrs Zhao who I had previously visited in 2017 [pictured below - entrance to Kunming Market] We started chatting over our first tea - a sheng puer that they refer to as "old and pollarded" - meaning that back in the 1950s and 60s they...

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#60days60partners : Malawi

#60days60partners : Malawi

It's time for the final stop on our #60days#60partners journey around the tea world : Malawi - a landlocked East African country around half the size of the UK. Currently in the top ten world tea exporters, it was one of the first African countries to market its tea and has been growing commercially since the early 1890s.   .Extract from Tales of the Tea Trade : [....] Tea was first brought to Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) by the gardener to the Blantyre Mission of the Church of Scotland in 1878. These initial attempts failed, but in 1886 seeds sourced from Kew Gardens were successfully...

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Perspectives on Fair Trade : Emma Mullins [Tea Supply Chain Manager, Fair trade Foundation]

Perspectives on Fair Trade : Emma Mullins  [Tea Supply Chain Manager, Fair trade Foundation]

Emma Mullins - Tea Supply Chain Manager, Fairtrade Foundation Hopefully you have linked to this blog from our #60days#60partners campaign : Malawi blog - if not there is some link text below or you can hop over and read it here >>___________________________________________________________ Extract from#60days#60partners campaign : Malawi  Malawian tea is a key origin in many British blends.  Known to blenders for its brisk flavour and quick colouring the lack of transparency in cheaper commodity teas means that sadly most of us are ignorant of the contribution of it makes to our daily cup.  Behind these tea leaves that we enjoy is one of the...

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