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China’s Jasmine Industry Transformation Is All About “Innovation” & “Return”

China’s Jasmine Industry Transformation Is All About “Innovation” & “Return”

“In June we launched a new jasmine soap. Now every day can sell 200-300 pieces.” says Chen Feng Jiao who’s a owner of a perfume factory. The demand is now picking up quickly in South Korea and the Middle East region. Feng Jiao’s company is located […]

This Coal Mine Worker Is Now A Successful Tea Entrepreneur

This Coal Mine Worker Is Now A Successful Tea Entrepreneur

The past Jiu’an Township is a typical coal-producing township. When the coal economy was booming, the town had as many as 400 mines. More than 80% of rural revenue came from coal production and more than 3,000 people worked in the coal for a living […]

West Lake Dragon Well Tea Harvest Expect To Drop 10% Next Year

West Lake Dragon Well Tea Harvest Expect To Drop 10% Next Year

It’s the most popular tea in China and perhaps also abroad: the longjing tea (dragon well). It’s a green tea from the south of Hangzhou. Xinhua, China’s state news site reports today that severe drought this summer will result in a lower harvest next Spring, as expected by the city’s tea management office.

Less output means higher prices. If you’re a longjing fan, we recommend to stock up and refrigerate a part of your stock for long-term use! China has lots of other tea regions that produce excellent green tea though. So perhaps next year is the time to start experimenting with new teas!

Tea Pets Movie Animation Trailer (2017)

Tea Pets Movie Animation Trailer (2017)

“Tea Pets” is a movie made by Gary Wang, who also directed “The Guardian Brothers”. The term “tea pets” refers to Chinese lucky charms, which are loved and collected by tea drinkers in China. Tea lovers who brew their tea in a traditional way, always […]

Hawthorn Berry and Rose Bud Herbal Tea Blend: Recipe and Benefits

Hawthorn Berry and Rose Bud Herbal Tea Blend: Recipe and Benefits

Hawthorn tea has been used for many centuries as a heart tonic in Europe. While in China, hawthorn berries has always been used for indigestion and calming the nerves. Rose bud has been widely used worldwide for centuries for its therapeutic power – now we […]

Pu erh Grading Standard

Pu erh Grading Standard

Each tea has its own grading standard based on its quality and condition. Pu erh is the same. Due to the quality of raw material (mao cha / 毛茶) and the difference in process, Pu erh is sorted into ten grades.  From the highest grade to the lowest, there is Gong Ting Pu erh (宫廷普洱 / the Imperial Grade), the Gift Tea Grade, the Special Grade, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th grade and 10th Grade.

Generally, the higher grades of Pu erh have more buds, while the lower grades contain larger and less tender leaves. Let’s check out the grading standard:

GradeDry LeavesLiquorTaste & AromaBrewed Leaves
Imperial GradeTightly rolled, straight, fine golden budsRed and dense with rich fragranceHeavy and mellow, 10+ steepsThin and tender
Gift Tea GradeTightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden budsRed and dense with rich fragranceHeavy and mellow, 10+ steepsThin and tender
Special GradeTightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden budsRed and dense with rich fragranceHeavy and mellow, 8+ steepsRelatively thin and tender
1st GradeTightly rolled, tender with some budsRed and dense with  rich fragranceMellow, 8+ steepsTender
3rd GradeTightly rolled, tender with some budsRed with rich fragranceMellow, 6+ steepsTender
5th GradeTightly rolled, tender with few budsRed with rich fragranceMellow, 6+ steepsUneven in size
7th GradeTightly rolled with few budsDark red with pure fragranceMild, <6 steepsUneven in size
8th GradeLoosely rolled with few budsDark red with pure fragranceMild,  <6 steepsRough, uneven in size
9th GradeLoosely rolled with no budsDark redMild, <6 steepsRough, uneven in size
10th GradeLoosely rolled with no budsDark redMild, <6 steeps Thick and rough, uneven in size

Final Notes

Gu Shu Wild Trees

Please note that the above grading doesn’t apply for wild pu erh teas (gu shu). The leaves of those teas are generally larger and they’re classified based on mountain of origin and the age of the tree.

Grade and Taste

Lower grades of pu erh doesn’t necessarily mean that the tea isn’t good. It’s just that the material used is less fine and more uneven. However, good processing is as important and can still compensate for less quality raw material. Preference for tea is very personal. Regardless of the grading, hope you’ll find your favourite Pu erh!

Do you want to try pu erh yourself? See the curated offerings of pu erh teas by Teasenz.com.

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

Traditional pu erh tea can take years to age, but this changed when the ‘wet piling’ or ‘wet storage’ method was discovered. Wet piling, in China known as ‘wo dui’ (渥堆) is a fermentation process used for the production of ripe pu erh. This technique […]

Does Tea Prevents Dementia (Alzheimer’s)?

Does Tea Prevents Dementia (Alzheimer’s)?

During the early ages, we humans don’t really worry about mental disorders and memory loss. Yet, when we grow older some of us see that our loved grand parents suffer dementia. In extreme situations, this results even in personality changes or impaired reasoning. That’s about the […]

Green Tea Bags on Eyes: What Are The Benefits & Does it Work?

Green Tea Bags on Eyes: What Are The Benefits & Does it Work?

Drinking green tea comes with lots of benefits, but did you know that you can re-use green tea bags for on your eyes? In this article you’ll discover the benefits and we’ll present some before and after videos to see if it really works!

The Benefits

Tea bags on eyes for conjunctivitis

When your eyes are inflammed (Conjunctivitis), also known as having ‘pink eyes’, it will result in a tired look. Pink eye can be due to a viral or bacterial infection or due to an allergy.

Though it can be due to different causes, the symptoms of conjunctivitis can be easily eased with green tea. Green tea has a calming effect due to the high antioxidant content.

Tea bags for dark circles

Dark circles on the eyes are caused by lack of sleep, dehydration, hangovers, unhealthy food or a lack of vitamin. It can also be caused by stress or simply genetics.

Green tea can help to reduce dark circles, though to completely get rich of dark circles, you also will need a life style change.

Antioxidants in green tea can perfectly treat dark circles and reduce puffiness. The caffeine content shrinks blood vessels and minimise fluid retention. The tannins stimulates blood circulation. At last, the alkaloids promote healthy skin growth while ECGC in tea reduces inflammation!

How To Do It Yourself!

  • Steep 2 green tea bags in hot water for 2 minutes.
  • Then take the bags out and cool them in a refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Wash your face. Then dry it.
  • Place the cooled tea bags directly on your eyes for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with cold water.

Does it Work?

As with many health tips, it’s hard to generalise whether certain tips work for everyone. Often times, what works for others doesn’t necessary work for you.

As with green tea bags, we think it can be really effective, if the underlying cause of pink eye and dark circles is due to inflammation.

Video Instructions from Vloggers

Below some videos from other vloggers on YouTube, we’ve tried out green tea bags on eyes. Learn about there experience.

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

If there was a competition for weird tea names, “Ya Shi Xiang” or “Ya Shi” (literally means “duck shit fragrance” or “duck shit”) would probably rank at least in the top three. You must be curious when you hear this name: Does it look like […]