About Jing Tea Shop
Inspired by centuries of tea tradition, I brought the idea of sharing my passion for tea culture to life when I created the online site www.jingteashop.com in 2004.
Growing up with a father who was a puerh tea collector, an artist, and the author of several cooking books, I found my calling at an early age. Having spent my formative years amidst workshops and tea houses, it was only natural for me to dedicate my life to sharing my love for Chinese teas and Chinese culture with the rest of the world.
Over the years, my network has expanded, encompassing tea farmers, tea makers, collectors, Yixing teapot craft masters, and various artists. I personally know the makers of every tea we carry, as provenance and traceability are as important to me as respecting traditions.
Today, I am honored to commemorate and spotlight a culture that holds a crucial place in Chinese traditions. My sincere gratitude extends to all those who have guided, supported, and remain present in Jing Tea Shop's journey. Collectively, we bring forth around 300 years of shared tea knowledge, weaving a richer cultural tapestry with each moment we share..
Master Chen: a legacy of tea
Master’s family's influential history traces back to 1886 during the Qing Dynasty. They emerged as being some of the first vendors introducing the nuances of puerh tea to Guang Dong. Master Chen's personal journey in tea began at the age of 17, evolving into a remarkable career as the youngest tea buyer at CNNP. Post-retirement, his dedication continued, illuminating the path for others like me. His collaborations with tea figures drew interest from across China Mainland, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan, making him a sought-after expert in the realm of puerh tea.
His extensive personal collection of puerh and other tea, cultivated throughout his career, transforms his library of tea knowledge into an academic treasure trove and its family tea shops in Hong Kong, the oldest in the city, still stand as a living testament to their enduring commitment to the tea tradition.
Liu Family: Cultivating Anxi Oolong Tradition
The Liu family's legacy unfolds in Long Juan, a quaint village in An Xi county, Fu Jian province, established during the Qing Dynasty. For nearly four generations, Mei Zhan oolong tea was their primary focus until the pivotal moment when the family acquired hectares of pristine land in the mountain. Varietals like Tie Guan Yin and Jin Guan Yin were carefully planted, complemented by fruit trees, fish ponds, and a vegetable garden to sustain workers during harvests.
Adhering to traditional techniques, the production of oolong tea on this land yields high-quality teas meeting EU standards, characterized by the use of organic fertilizers. Today, the Liu family's commitment to sustainable practices results in a distinctive range of oolong teas, each sip echoing a legacy of tradition and craftsmanship.
Ms. Zhou: Crafting the legacy of Wuyishan oolong
Ms Zhou grew up in Wuyishan City, Fujian Province, surrounded by Wuyi Rock Tea. With a family history deeply rooted in the Wuyi Shan tea industry. After years of looking after the family shop in Guang Zhou, she and her husband decided to address the problem of consistency in the teas due to the various suppliers. Ms Zhou, her husband, and her brother answered this issue by creating a 300 acres tea farm from scratch, on a pristine land bordering the original protected UNESCO zone known as ‘zheng yan’. Every year, Mr. Liu returns to Wuyishan to give a hand to Ms. Zhou’s brother, winner of several prizes and acclaimed tea maker, to make their Wuyi oolong teas.
Their production is composed of over 11 varietals from the most traditional one like shui xian or rougui to some more recents like huang guan yin. And they also developed a white tea and it is important to point out that the whole tea farm is run with bio practices and that each and everyone tests we did came back as clean as organic teas.