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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!

Meet Our Staff: Ross

by on Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:40:00 PM

Our newest staff member Ross started working for us in March 2014 in preparation for our move to our new location on the first floor of Crown Center. He is passionate about high quality tea and so we sat down with him to ask him a few questions about his interested in tea and Shang Tea.How did you get into tea?I went to China my sophomore year of high school, where I learned quite a bit about Chinese tea culture. This sparked my interested in tea.How did you find Shang Tea?When I returned from...

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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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Meet Our Staff: Anna

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

This month we interviewed the last member of our staff, Anna, to ask her how she started drinking tea and how she found Shang Tea!How did you get into tea?I got into tea when I started coming into Shang Tea as a customer, and Nick brewed me a few different teas to try. I went home with Wild White Tea and Tangerine Blossom Red Tea, and those teas opened my eyes to the full nature of tea. Serendipitously, my neighbor also had a weekly tea gathering that I found out about around this time, which...

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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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