Inspired by centuries of tea tradition, the idea of sharing the passion and the tea culture came to life with the creation of an online site www.jingteashop.com in 2004.
With a father who was a puerh tea collector, artists and author of several cooking books. It was only natural that Jing, who grew up between workshops and tea houses, decided to dedicate her life to share her love for Chinese teas and Chinese culture with the rest of the world.
Jing's network has expended over the years and includes tea farmers, tea makers, collectors, Yixing teapot craft masters and various artists. She personally know the makers of every tea we carry as provenance and traceability is as important as respecting traditions.
Master Chen comes from a long lineage in tea and is one the few that are called "master" not because of a degree but because of decades of experience ane lineage. His family was among the first to sell puerh tea in Guang Dong and their business was create in 1886 during the Qing Dynasty. To this date, Master's brother still take care of the family tea shops in Hong Kong which are actually the oldest tea shops in the city.
Master's grand-fathers and grand-mothers were in the tea business, both his parents also were in the tea business and it is naturally that master Chen started to work for the CNNP at the age of 17 years old as tea buyer. Amazingly, he was the youngest buyer but the highest on the payroll!
Once retired, he started to work for a friend's tea house and gave classes in tea history and tea ceremony to students. He had many collaborations with big names in the industry, from China Mainland, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan who were seeking information, especially about puerh tea. To this day, Puerh tea collectors still come and see him to appraise some of their puerh teas.
The Liu family moved in Long Juan, a little village located in An Xi county, Fu Jian province during the Qing Dynasty. Until the mid 80's, a succession of 4 generations of Liu produced mainly Mei Zhan oolong tea until the mid 2000's when the older son acquired a large piece of land close to the village. In 2004, the work started on this pristine land to create the perfect environment for oolong tea. Two types of varietals were planted, Tie Guan Yin and Jin Guan Ying, as well as many fruit trees. Two fish ponds and a vegetable garden were created to supply quality food for the workers during the harvest.
Today, traditional techniques are used to produce oolong tea, the fertilizer and pesticide used are made from organic compounds and the result is a unique tea offer of high quality oolong teas that are in compliance with the EU-standards.