First-pickings of Longjing tea begins

As the weather turned warmer in Hangzhou, farmers began to harvest China’s famous West Lake Longjing tea this week.

These first spring shoots prior to the Qingming Festival on April 5th are known as Ming Qian (or Before Qingming) Longjing tea, and are viewed as precious because the farmers have only 10 days to gather the tender leaves in its premium quality.

Longjing tea (literally translated as Dragon Well tea), is a variety of green tea from the area of Longjing Village of Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province. Produced mostly by hand, it’s renowned for its high quality, earning it the title “Famous Tea of China”.

I have arrived home to new season West Lake Long Jing. It is one if the most famous teas in China.This is what we call Pre Qing Ming from Mei Jia Wu. It requires that produced from the very tender first spring shoots and will be picked before approx 5th of April each year.Good Long Jing brews many cups which are pale green and a beautiful depth if flavour.#dragonwell #prequingming #specialtytea# singleorigintea#chinesetea #longjing (at Australian Tea Masters)

Longjing green tea (西湖龙井), sometimes known by its direct English translation of dragon well. Produced in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. It is pan-fried soon after it is picked, and often picked by hand. The demand for longjing has led to many imitation teas, but true longjing is grown from specially cultivated trees in Hangzhou, and has a fuller aroma and lingering aftertaste than teas claimed to be longjing that have different origin. Longjing is one of China’s Famous Teas (中国名茶). 

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100% handmade Dragonwell, Pre-Rain, just finished! The tea master sends this photo- it took him 5 hours today. It will go into a stone plaster urn to dry completely before shipping tomorrow. We have 1 lb. for pre-order, so if you want to experience this sublime craft, call in your pre-order to the store:(510)524-2832. Yes, old fashioned. It will be online by this weekend if not already sold out by then!

Not available usually unless you are a Communist government official!

My lovely Gaiwan pot, which I’ve had for a couple years and hardly ever used. I’m trying again though, now that I’m a bit more confident about my green tea brewing skills.

I’ll also admit that I’m somewhat inspired by a translation project I’m currently working on for a scientific conference, which, in the section on heart disease and high blood pressure, extols the virtues of green tea. As someone who suffers from high blood pressure, this was particularly interesting. LongJing tea is supposed to be especially good for heart problems, and what I’m drinking right now. 

Thanks Babe!!


Gu Yu started yesterday in the Hangzhou region a full five days ahead of last year.  All West Lake Longjing has been picked and processed.  Unfortunately, because of the high temperatures and historic draught of last year, this year’s Longjing production is 20% less than last year’s production.

Longjing (Dragon Well; 龍井茶)

This ‘Xi Hu’ (West Lake) Longjing is a fine example of Chinese green tea at its best. This particular variety was grown in the ‘Lion’ (Shi) region of Zhejiang Province near Xi Hu lake. Commonly described as the “perfect” beverage for quiet, contemplative times, Longjing is refreshingly light with a pleasant aroma. Hints of fruit and nut linger on the palate, while the aftertaste fills your mouth with sweet grapefruit.

Research ~ Bubble Tea

Came across this article.  This may be the inventor of Bubble Tea!

The founder, Liu Han-Chieh, first came up with the idea of serving Chinese tea cold in the early 1980s after visiting Japan where he saw coffee served cold.

This propelled his fledgling chain into Taiwanese teahouse folklore.

Then, in 1988, his product development manager, Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui, was sitting in a staff meeting and had brought with her a typical Taiwanese dessert called fen yuan, a sweetened tapioca pudding. Just for fun she poured the tapioca balls into her Assam iced tea and drank it.

“Everyone at the meeting loved the drink and it quickly outsold all of our other iced teas within a couple of months — even after 20 years on the menu, bubble tea makes up 80-90 percent of our sales and Taiwanese are proud of this home-grown drink,” says Lin.

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