The Birth of Tea Culture

The Tang dynasty (618-907) was an era of prosperity and a flourishing of the arts. The popular tea culture was born. More plantations were created and three dynasties  from techniques of tea processing were developed. Tea became a popular drink at all levels of society. Tea was not prepared the same way as it is today; rather it was compressed into bricks or cakes and then crumbled with mortar and pestle. The historical remnants of these techniques are visible today in pressed pu-erh tea. Pressed tea cakes or bricks were also very convenient to transport. Tea was not prepared the same way as it is today. Salt , ginger, onions, orange zest were added to the brew. It tasted more like a soup and gave to the body nutrients and strength.    

Tea becomes popular in Korea, Mongolia and nomadic tribes. The Ministry of Horses and tea was established. The tea bricks were exchanged against Horses in Mongolia. In our collection there is pressed  2 years Pu-erh Beeng Cha Tea.  You can order it  as a special order and enjoy its unique taste. 

In the 7th Century Lu Yu wrote a book about successful tea brewing using only tea. Since Lu Yu the tea is brewed by pouring hot water over dried leaves.  He is a respected figure on the subject of tea to this day and is also known as the Sage of Tea.

To help you discover different traditional Chinese teas we have prepared  for you Chinese tea sampler that includes the classics: white, green, red, oolong and pu-erh, all from the same plant but undergoing different levels of oxidation, fermentation, and processing. Enjoy this journey and discover the different shapes of the leaves, colors of the liquor, and flavors.

Elena Volkova
Elena Volkova