Tea Trekker, the 2020 Spring Tea Harvest, and the Coronavirus Pandemic…
UPDATE ON THE 2020 SPRING TEA SEASON
– as of July 13, 2020 –
Yes we are, thank you, and we trust that you are too.
So if there is a certain tea, or type of tea, that you have been waiting for all winter, it may be time to enjoy a different, great cup of tea, and be patient…this year, your teas of choice will arrive before you know it, but they will be later-to-arrive than usual!
To follow this year’s 2020 Harvest Arrivals, this is the link:
We are currently shipping out your current purchases on a very-close-to-normal schedule; however, in some instances there will be a modest delay in shipping due to particular days of the week, adjustments to pickup and delivery schedules, and other minor nuisances. But basically our out-going parcels are transporting very nicely. The U.S. Postal Service has advised us that in general their estimates of delivery times are inaccurate right now, so add at least one day to their estimate, depending on how far West, and/or remote your delivery address is.
Our busiest time for incoming orders is Sunday and Monday. We continue to be consistently able to ship all orders that have arrived before Tuesday morning either on the Tuesday or the Wednesday Priority Mail postal truck pickups. This means that most of you will receive your order about a week after it is placed, which is excellent these days!
THE 2020 EARLY SPRING TEA HARVESTS
A number of you have been seeking whatever information is available regarding the 2020 early spring harvests of tea in East and South Asia. This includes some of the early pre-Qing Ming and Yu Qian green teas (the ‘Spring Green Teas‘), the 1st Flush Darjeeling black teas, the Mengding Mountain Huang Ya (our main yellow tea), and other teas. This is what is known at this point:
We have most of our 2020 Darjeeling 1st Flush black teas in stock now, or several are still en route, with the first of the 2nd Flush teas. Unfortunately the movement of these shipments is very slow because both India and Nepal are on at least partial lock down. So the early Himalaya teas will arrive when they arrive.
– ‘personal separation’ is easy in many Chinese tea gardens –
A note about the relationship of a virus to tea:
– a modern tea factory in Japan –
Because some of you have asked, the manufacture that tea needs, to change from fresh leaf to shelf stable tea, requires that heat (hotter than is necessary to kill off any virus or bacteria) needs to be applied at numerous different times, and there are also several times when the leaf or the semi-finished tea needs to ‘sit’ for a length of time. All of these normal steps mean that there is not now and never has been any problem with the consumption of tea during or following the several world-wide episodes that we have had this century (seasonal flu, SARS, bird flu, swine flu, etc).
Detailed information about the manufacture and processing of camellia sinensis from leaf to tea can be found in our award-winning book, The Story of Tea, A Cultural History and Drinking Guide (Ten Speed Press 2007), which is available in book (hard and soft cover), Kindle, and audio formats.
– freshly-picked leaf for oolong, resting in Taiwan –
We here at Tea Trekker are quite interested in keeping you healthy, and Tea Trekker tea will continue to play a part in our collective healthy food habit.
– I taste and personally drink every tea that we source and sell to you –
THE TEA SEASON OVERVIEW
Our hope is that by the middle-to-end of summer we will be up to a full selection of 2020 Tea: green, black, oolong, white, and yellow.
THE TEA TIMELINE