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Jun 21, 2020

Shipping and Custom

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Jun 14, 2020

Use Courier Service for Speedy Delivery

Some parcels placed in late March are taking as long as three months to arrive. To avoid unnecessary delay, I would strongly encourage the use of EMS courier service. Anecdotal evidence has so far suggested a 2-week arrival time to United States.

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May 25, 2020

Issue #102: Green Tea 2020 Season Has Arrived!

- As you might know, some of our best teas (Longjing, Anji, Biluochan etc) are produced in the prosperous provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu. Tea production has unfortunately reduced sharply due to the weather. In the case of HQ's tea garden in Shifeng Mountain, West Lake, it was down as much as one-third, which is pretty bad.

You see, these premium Chinese tea buds are not machine harvested. Laborers travelled from the poorer northern provinces to help with the tea picking season. It is a costly exercise. Labour cost has risen sharply in China in recent years and you need to pay for the transport, food and lodging. Unfortunately weather didn't cooperate and turned cold towards the end of the picking window. In any case, we have somehow managed to maintain our prices this year. Long term customers will know we haven't hiked prices for a while now. Please take advantage while it lasts.

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Apr 17, 2020

Covid 19 and Shipping Delay

Due to the airfreight disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we are no longer able to guarantee the arrival time of the parcels. A tracking number can be provided upon request, but tracking will likely to be sporadic during this time period. Please bear this in mind when placing your order.

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Apr 12, 2020

Issue #100: Coronavirus and Tea

Greeting to all my tea friends worldwide. Apology for my absence since November. I hope you are all self-isolating and keeping safe. To those of you who cannot, I salute your bravery and thank you for your sacrifice.

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Mar 23, 2020

Black Tea Compound Inhibit Coronavirus Activities

A 2005 study performed by National Health Research Institute of Taipei found that black tea compound theaflavin may be effective in blocking the activities

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Nov 24, 2019

Issue #100: Stunning Brain and Mind Benefits of Green Tea

A recent study published by scientific journal Aging found that people who drank green tea has more efficient brain function.

According to the lead scientist Feng Lei at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine based in Singapore: “Our results offer the first evidence of positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure, and suggest that drinking tea regularly has a protective effect against age-related decline in brain organisation”

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Nov 23, 2019

Jasmine teas have been restocked!

Yes the autumnal harvests have now been restocked. Both the Needle and Pearl tea.

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Oct 23, 2019

Maofeng A grade has arrived!

2019 harvest has now been restocked.

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Oct 14, 2019

Green Tea Restore Antibiotic Activity

Scientists at the University of Surrey have discovered that a natural antioxidant commonly found in green tea can help eliminate antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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Oct 14, 2019

Green Tea Protect Brain Against Natural Aging

Individuals who drank tea four times a week for about 25 years had more efficient brain function. The findings, published in the scientific journal Aging,

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Sep 07, 2019

Issue #99: One More Green Tea Benefit to Know

Isn't this amazing? Just a tiny amount of green tea buds (say 2-3 grams) taken mid morning (which is I what I do when I start work) and steeped over three glasses, can have so many amazing health effects?

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Sep 07, 2019

Issue #98: Green Tea Season 2019 Has Arrived - and it's Good!

The 2019 green tea season is upon us and yes - it is goooood. Temperature has remained low during early spring, allowing the tea buds to grow slowly and picked off in an orderly fashion.

It is certainly not in the same league as the 2016 ("Best in Five Years!") or 2015 ("One of the Best"), but certainly better than 2017 ("Heavy Rainfall") and 2018 ("Warming up too quickly").

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Sep 01, 2019

Green Tea and Bone Growth - Reduce Osteoporosis Risk

Green tea and bone studies have consistently found that it promotes bone growth and reduces osteoporosis risk.

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Apr 28, 2019

Green Tea Benefits Literally from Head to Toe

When you drink tea, you are inviting positive changes into your life. Why green tea benefits manifest as the Miracles In The Cup.

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Apr 28, 2019

Green Tea Alleviate Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

A new laboratory study1(in vivo) has been carried out to try to understand whether components of green tea can help with PTSD. In particular, an antioxidant

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Apr 28, 2019

Eight Ways Green Tea Can Help Lose Weight

Do you believe that green tea helps you to lose weight because it stimulates metabolism? You have underestimated this multi-talented fat burner!

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Apr 28, 2019

Green tea Improve Gut Health in mice

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Green tea cut obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health in a new study. Mice fed a diet of 2 percent green

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Apr 27, 2019

2019 Full Bodied Green Tea Have Arrived!

OK, all white and green teas have now been restocked. Newsletter will go out tomorrow.

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Apr 20, 2019

2019 White Tea Has Arrived!

2019 is a good season with low temperature during picking season.

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Apr 20, 2019

2019 Light and Medium Body Green Tea Have Arrived

2019 is shaping out to be a good season. All light and medium bodied teas have arrived - Longjing, Biluochun, Anji Baicha, Yunwu, Maofeng, Mengding Ganlu, Zhuyeqing.

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Apr 20, 2019

Yunnan Gold Tea Has Been Restocked

In my view the best black tea in the world offering great value of money.

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Dec 31, 2018

Zhou Xiaode and His Handmade Yixing Tea Pots

How to buy Yixing tea pot and what does 100% handmade means.

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Nov 24, 2018

Tieguanyin autumnal teas have arrived!

King grade, Jipin grade, Jade AAA grade, Amber AA grade and 3/5 aged roasted oolong.

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Nov 19, 2018

Issue #97: Trade War and Nostalgia

As a tea seller who lives in the UK and sells tea out of China for the last 12 years, I have to say this: "Make hay when the sun shine!"

"Good things don't last forever" and as far as world-class chinese teas are concerned, it'll get harder and harder to come by. We need to appreciate what we have today.

The topic of the day - of course - is the US-China trade war. It has the potential to derail and totally destroy this business. Why? Because most of our customers are based in the USA. Significant changes in tariff and international postal tariff would greatly increase the cost of our American consumers, making the business unviable.

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Sep 13, 2018

Matcha Green Tea Kill Breast Cancer Stem Cells

MATCHA, the Green Tea packed with antioxidants, is often hailed as containing properties which prevent disease. Scientists in Salford, UK have shed a

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Aug 28, 2018

Green Tea Dissolve Atherosclerosis Plague

Scientists from Lancaster University and the University of Leeds have discovered that a compound found in green tea, currently being studied for its ability

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May 02, 2018

Issue #96: Green Tea Season 2018 (Offer Ending 31 May)

Running low with green tea and wondering what the new season might bring? Missing the pristine tea buds, alluring fragrance and in dire need of a refreshing cup of green tea?

You are in good company if you are feeling that way. I too can't wait for my mid morning sip tomorrow!

And so you ask: "Julian, tell me how this harvesting season been?"

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Apr 29, 2018

Taiping Houkui Has Arrived!

Very fragrant and tasty, better quality than last year!

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Apr 29, 2018

Xinyang Maojian Has Arrived!

High quality and currently underappreciated by customers. Taste is the same fantastic as last year, but exterior is better than last year.

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Apr 29, 2018

Lushan Yunwu (Cloud & Mist) Has Arrived!

A very high quality tea that is even better than last year!

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Apr 24, 2018

Dongting and Zhejiang Biluochun have arrived!

The 2018 harvests has been restocked. Same great quality as last year.

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Apr 16, 2018

Green Tea Nanocarrier for Liver Cancer

The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR has reported superior results using new green tea-based nanocarriers to kill liver cancer

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Apr 11, 2018

Tribute Longjing Tea Has Arrived!

Yes, all the 5 grades and the 4-in-1 Sampler are now available in the shop. Are you ready to try the best green tea in the world?

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Mar 25, 2018

Huoshan Huangya A Grade

An high quality everyday beverage that surprise you with a fragrance and rich taste and - at a very reasonable price.

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Mar 25, 2018

2018 spring update

The following green teas have arrived: Anji Baicha, Mengding Ganlu and Zhuyeqing.

Anji Baicha is amazing this year. First day harvest. The best we have ever had. Must try.

Mengding Ganlu and Zhuyeqing maintain the high standard they had last year.

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Feb 15, 2018

Green Tea is Good - Should I Add Sugar?

Is it advisable to add sugar in green tea to reduce bitterness? Thank you.

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Feb 05, 2018

Issue #95: Which is the Best Superfood?

>> Comparing Superfoods>> Late Season Update (Pu-erh and White Tea)

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Jan 31, 2018

Green Tea Vs Turmeric Vs Cocoa

With Christmas over and New Year resolutions looming, most people are looking to popular superfood ingredients, especially turmeric, matcha tea and cocoa,

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Jan 07, 2018

Teavigo Tea extracts and CO2 Proces

Does Teavigo EGCG Extract use the CO2 process to remove caffeine? What other brands do also, that are organic? Thanks, Richard

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Nov 29, 2017

Issue #94: More Autumnal Arrivals (Offer Ending 30 November 2018)


>> Introduction>> More Green Tea Benefits!>> I Need Your Feedback!>> Do You Need UK Shipping?

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Nov 15, 2017

Dahongpao AA Grade Restocked

Pre-launch offer on its way this weekend!

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Oct 29, 2017

Green Tea and Alzheimer's - EGCG Can Save Brain Cells

A breakthrough green tea and Alzheimer’s study discovered thatit regenerates damaged brain cells, bringing hope to millions ofParkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease sufferers.

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Oct 08, 2017

Issue #93: Green Tea, Junk Food and Unhealthy Diet

A scientific study shows that even a short-term diet of junk food can damage brain function permanently. "We know obesity causes inflammation in the body, but we didn't realize that [junk food] also causes changes in the brain," says study author Margaret Morris.

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Oct 08, 2017

Green Tea Protect Against Junk Food and Brain Damage

Candy, cupcake, ice cream, salty snacks, and soft drinks. What do they have in common? Well, as a father of two young girls, I know these junk food are

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Sep 18, 2017

Issue #92: Wuyi Oolong Tea - An Introduction

If you are a tea lover, it is difficult not to get excited about it. Here are some amazing facts about the mountain and tea:

The Mountain is regarded as the richest depository of tea varieties in the world. Wuyi tea plants even have their own name - Var Bohea.

A Unesco heritage site since 1999, the mountain is renown for its biodiversity.

Biologists have been busy conducting field research there since 1873. They have identified nearly 4,000 plant species and 5,000 animal species.

Despite the biodiversity, the Mountain is small - it is just a mere 60 kilometer square. Can you imagine how precious an authentic Wuyi tea is?

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Sep 09, 2017

Wuyi Oolong Tea - Unraveling the Authentic Source

What gets me excited about Wuyi Mountain and its tea. How to buy the highest grade?

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Aug 27, 2017

Jasmine Needle King 2017 Has Arrived

Just restocked!

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Aug 27, 2017

Huangshan Maofeng A Grade Has Arrived

Just restocked.

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Jul 22, 2017

Green Tea versus Black Tea

A customer asked me which is healthier - green tea or black tea?

According to scientific research, green tea is healthier as it contains a lot more antioxidants.. This is covered in my article below, which is well worth a three minutes read.

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