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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!

Behind the Tea: Bai Lin Kung Fu Red Tea

by on Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Tea production techniques have been evolving for thousands of years as true tea masters continue to develop new production methods and refine age old practices. One of the more recent discoveries and production methods is that of black tea, or red tea (hong cha) as it is called in China. This short article will briefly discuss how Red Tea was developed and in particular the evolution of early forms of red tea into higher grades such as Bai Lin Gong Fu (Kung Fu).One of the first teas that...

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Gong Fu Style Brewing

by on Friday, October 11, 2013 3:00:00 AM

As many of you have likely noticed, in our store we brew our tea in a very traditional Chinese style of brewing called "Gong Fu Cha", which can be literally translated to "highly skilled tea". In today's article I am going to walk through how to brew in this method and why you would want to brew this way.Brewing using the “Gong Fu Cha” technique requires a small teapot of some kind, most often a Gaiwan (guy wan) or Yixing (ee shing) teapot. Gaiwan literally translated means “lidded cup” or...

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Why High Mountain Grown?

by on Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:41:00 AM

We often talk about how our tea is high mountain grown, but we usually don't explain enough why it is important to get your tea from mountain sources rather than from valleys or from lower elevations. Here are three reasons to sources your teas from high elevations. Tea plants are best suited to high mountain climates. The earliest known tea plants were found wild growing in the high mountains of China, so the plant is ideally suited for this type of environment. The high mountain soil, water,...

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Why Don't We Grow Tea in the US?

by on Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:57:00 AM

We frequently receive a few common questions in our shop, and we want to answer them in the newsletter every once in a while. One question we receive often is why we grow our tea in China and not in the United States Just like with wine, terroir is very important to the taste of a tea. Different soil, growing conditions, and climate play a huge role in the taste of tea. Tea was originally found growing wild in China and so the plant is naturally adapted to take advantage of the unique terroir...

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