Organic Chinese Tea
Truth About High Grades

What most people didn't get is that the highest grade tea cannot be mass produced and industrialized.

Over the year, many customer have written to ask me:

"Julian, is your tea organic? I am concerned about consuming anything from China that is not organic."

This is my usual reply:

"My friend, I do sell organic certified Chinese tea. I even sell tea that has been chemically tested for the Chinese White House."

"However, the thing to understand is that the Chinese people have grown teas for thousands of year. From emperors to common peasant, everyone drinks tea."

"Have you ever wondered how they produce tea before the Industrial Revolution? How do they cope without using any chemicals?"

"For the highest quality teas (which I sell), do you think things have changed in the last few hundreds of years?"

Pre-Industrial Farming

It may sound incredible, but little has changed in the last few hundreds of years.

Somehow it is impossible to change the process without compromising the quality.

This is not because China is technologically backwards, the Japanese haven't changed as well.

This is because the highest grade tea cannot be mass produced. They cannot be industrialized. They cannot be intensively farmed.

Low Yield Tea Farm

All of the green teas I sell come from low yield tea farms i.e. harvesting only takes place for a short window of 6 weeks in spring each year.

Can you believe it? The higher grades are harvested during the first 1-3 weeks. The the lower grades are harvested in the last 3 weeks. The tea plants have the other 46 weeks to rest recuperate. There is no need to use chemical fertilizers!

Early Harvests

The highest quality teas are those harvested early spring. They are tender and contains more soluble solids and less plant fibre.

With high level of antioxidants and theanine, they taste delicious and give you very good after-feeling. Not to mention wide ranging health benefits that have been proven by many scientific studies!

Naturally Organic

The highest grades (such as AAA and above) are naturally organic as the tea buds are harvested at the onset of spring when there are few insects. In China, tea buds are picked on a daily basis, so there is no need for insecticides.

High Purity

Scientific studies conducted in China and Japan have found that young tea buds contain the highest concentration of nutrition and lowest levels of impurities from soil and air.

This is because the tea buds are too young to accumulate impurities from soil and air.

Also, high quality tea plants are only found in high mountain, where the air is damp, soil is rich and light is diffused. The pristine conditions also ensure the tea plants are free from chemical impurities from the environment.

For further information on why the best teas come from high mountain, check out:

Lushan Yunwu Tea (Cloud and Mist Green Tea) - Her Daring Fragrance!

High Potency

The safest way to drink tea is to go for quality but drink in moderation. That way, you get sufficient antioxidants from a highly potent tea but avoids any side effects from drinking too much..

This can save you money: Many of the high grades I sell can be infused more than 3 times, you only need to use a small amount (say 1-3 grams) at a time!

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