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The Shang Tea Blog is the educational arm of the Shang Tea company. We hope to use this space to share more information about tea, chinese tea culture, and industry news. Shang Tea Company was founded by owner Zehua Shang, and we specialize in white tea which we produce ourselves. In addition to white tea, Shang also produces green tea, jasmine tea, and red/black tea. We are excited to use this blog to engage with other tea drinkers and also to focus on the tea topics that you want to hear about, so please let us know if there is a specific question that you want us to answer!

Can You Age Loose Leaf Tea?

by on Sunday, March 6, 2016 7:00:00 PM

When purchasing loose leaf tea today, you most likely receive the standard storage instructions; keep your tea stored in an airtight container at room temperature, make sure that the tea is stored in a dry environment, and ensure that your tea is not exposed to any strong odors. If you follow these instructions, most tea companies would tell you that the tea will last anywhere from 1-2 years, and the flavor will slowly diminish during that time.In China, however, high quality tea will often be...

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Tea and the Fermentation Process

by on Monday, February 8, 2016 6:30:00 PM

We love having the pleasure of sitting down with our customers to talk about how tea is processed and crafted into the beautiful leaf that unfolds in your cup. It is part of our passion and it also makes a tea drinking experience feel authentic when you have the chance to learn why the tea you are drinking tastes that way it does. One of our most popular teas in the store is the Tangerine Blossom Red Tea, and while we are sampling this tea we explain that the tea is a fully fermented leaf. This...

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Tea Spotlight: Brick Aged White Tea

by on Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:07:00 PM

Our Brick Aged White Tea is a staff favorite, but is a tea that we do not talk about as much as some of our other teas. Today we wanted to explore how this tea is made and why it is one of our favorite teas to enjoy.First let’s talk a little bit about how this tea is made. After allowing freshly produced white tea to mature for 6-12 months, the tea leaves are lightly steamed to make them pliable. The leaves are then pressed into a cake that can be a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Finally,...

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Caffeine Crawl Presentation: The Gaiwan

by on Saturday, June 7, 2014 11:23:00 PM

Here is a brief overview of the presentation that we gave to the Caffeine Crawl participants on May 31, 2014.Today I’d like to talk a little bit about the gaiwan, which is a small lidded cup used for brewing tea in China. This is one of the most traditional and ancient ways of brewing tea leaves. In order to properly talk about the gaiwan, we need to talk a little bit about tea history and how the gaiwan developed.Recorded tea history can be divided into three distinct eras; the era of boiled...

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