Tea Trekker Stories from our Tea Trips

Traveling to the sources of premium tea production is important to us.  We feel that it the only way for those of us in the tea business to truly understand the many steps of tea cultivation and production and all the nuance and detail that makes each tea unique. Our colleagues in Asia have given us priceless opportunities to learn about their tea and experience their tea cultures. We are grateful to them and would like to share some of what we have seen with our tea enthusiast customers.

Follow the links below to read Mary Lou’s articles, handouts and blog posts about our tea sourcing trips and to browse her portfolio of photographs.


img-art1China: Spring Green Teapdf_symbol


img-trek1China: Yunnan & Sichuan
(plus Tibet & Hong Kong) 




img-trek2China & Japan  img-trek3Charcoal-Fired Teas img-trek4Japanese Green Tea

2008: Taiwan & Hong Kong

img-trek5Waking Up in Hong Kong img-trek6Custard Buns and Pig’s Throat img-trek7Lost in Kowloon; Saved by Sichuan Food
img-trek8Goodby to Hong Kong; Hello Taiwan img-trek9

Tea Trekking in Taiwan

img-trek10Visiting the Doctor in a Taiwan Hospital
img-trek11Guest Speakers in Taiwan img-trek12Tea Trekker Visits Taiwan

South Korea, Japan & China

img-trek13A Win in the Bronze Category for Me img-trek14Our May Tea Sourcing Trip to Asia img-trek15bVisiting the Raku Museum

Enchanted by South Korea


Japanese Matcha Tea

2012: Japan

img-trek11-15-12Goodbye Boston; Hello Japan
img-trek-11-15-12bGood Morning Mr Volcano img-trek-11-16-12Kagoshima Japan Tea Fields
img-trek-11-17-12What I do in Japan When I’m Not Buying Tea
img-trek-11-18-12Mt Fuji img-trek-12-16-12Tea from the Shizuoka Organic Tea Farmers Union
img-trek-12-25-12Christmas in Japan: KFC on the Table img-trek-1-21-13Higashima Village Tea

2013: Taiwan

img-trek-11-2-13Tea Buying in Taiwan: On the Way img-trek-11-18-13Hand-carried Tea from Tea Farms in Taiwan