Tea Guardian Fine Tea Commentaries and Reference Guide

Worker with freshly compressed cha bing

Cha Bing

Cha bing ( Chinese: 茶餅 ) refers to the kind compressed tea that takes the form of a discus. The term has been translated as “tea cake” or “cake tea”....

Various compressed pu'er products in a small shop

Pu’er

Pu’er ( Chinese: 普洱 ) is the name of a municipality in the province of Yunnan in the southwest part of China. It used to be a trading post between...

Spring water vs tap water

Spring Water vs Tap Water

Since I moved to the new village, I have only been skimming the fringes of the mountains. As we shed our jackets to welcome longer day hours, new leaves and morning...

Edge of the leaf bruised and oxidized

Fermentation

Fermentation is a food processing method in which the metabolism of microbes alters the chemical composition of the raw food material to produce certain gastronomical effects and / or health characteristic...

Worker covering a pile of tealeaves for undergoing post-fermenta

Shu Cha

Shu cha ( Chinese: 熟茶 ) is a relatively new term that came about as Pu’er becomes a popular subcategory. The romanization ‘shu’ in the term is ‘shou’ when without...

New leaves

First Flush

A first flush is the first round of leaf buds coming out of the tea bush in the year. First flushes are considered the premium harvest for most tea varieties...

The 700 yrs old Song cultivar and its "off-springs"

Cultivar

In reference to tea, a cultivar is a natural or cultivated strain of tea plant (Camellia sinensis) chosen for production for certain characteristics that differentiate it from other strains. These characteristics may be reflected in the appearance...