Chinese Green Tea

Chinese Green Tea

  • Hubei 2017 Spring Harvest

    Hubei Xuan En Green Tea Co-op

    Since 2004, Rishi Tea has been working with artisan tea farmers in Xuan En county of Hubei province in central China to produce some of the most pure green teas we've ever tasted. Pictured here is Mr. Qu in Jin Long Ping Village of Xuan En harvesting our first flush green needles made with Long Jing #43 cultivar. This batch has an excellent balance of umami sweetness and spring green freshness.

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    Spring Harvest

    Certified organic Long Jing 43 cultivar gardens in Xuan En, Hubei Province 2 days before harvest.

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    Rishi Founder & CEO

    Rishi Founder and CEO Joshua Kaiser scouting the certified organic Long Jing 43 cultivar gardens in Xuan En, Hubei Province two days before harvesting on March 24, 2017.

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    Xuan En Tea Gardens

    Certified organic Long Jing 43 cultivar gardens in Xuan En, Hubei Province two days before harvesting on March 24, 2017. These gardens are planted between 600-880 m above sea level in remote mountain villages between large tracts of forestry. The air is fresh and and fragrant with fresh spring and woodsy aromas. Xuan En is noted for its purple rocky cliff tea gardens and fertile soil that is rich in selenium and vital nutrients for nurturing organically aromatic and refreshing spring green teas. This garden is one of a few LongJing 43 cultivar gardens in Xuan En that made our teas Dragon Well and Green Needles this year.

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    Fertile Soil

    Xuan En is noted for its purple rocky cliff tea gardens and fertile soil that is rich in selenium and vital nutrients for nurturing organically aromatic and refreshing spring green teas.

  • Hubei 2017 Spring Harvest

    Fertile Soil

    Xuan En is noted for its purple rocky cliff tea gardens and fertile soil that is rich in selenium and vital nutrients for nurturing organically aromatic and refreshing spring green teas.

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    Mr. Qu

    Mr. Qu and his family live in Jin Long Ping Village of Xuan En. Seen here he is harvesting our first flush green needles made with long Jing 43 cultivar. This batch has an excellent balance of umami sweetness and spring green freshness.

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    Strong Organic Values

    The villagers of Xuan En created an organic Co Op to totally control the organic status of their precious area. Not only are all the teas certified organic but all the villages vegetables, rice, fruit and oil crops are cultivated under strict organic management on a village level. Xuan En is one of the prime model villages for real sustainable organic agriculture. The teas, food, the people and the environment are amazing.

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    Anji Bai Cha Cultivar

    Anji Bai Cha is a high performance green tea cultivar from Zhejiang Province. Anji Bai Cha has high amino acids and a sweet taste with low tannins. It has the unique ivory white leaves and buds.

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    Pomello Trees amongst the Gardens

    The Long Jing harvesting day was so beautiful in Jin Long Ping Village that day. The flower trees and pomelo trees are scattered about the gardens.

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    E-Cha Cultivar

    Mr. Maan and his family harvesting local variety E-Cha #1 cultivar for our pure buds processed flowery first flush dragon well from the Xuan En Co Op

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    The Maan Family

    Mr. Maan pictured here with his family and Rishi's founder and CEO Joshua Kaiser harvesting local variety E-Cha #1 cultivar for our pure buds processed flowery first flush dragon well from the Xuan En Co Op.

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    Organic Mingqian Dragon Well

    Super flowery fresh harvest of E-Cha #1 cultivar for our 2017 lot of pure buds organic Mingqian Dragon Well.

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    Rocky Tea Gardens

    These rocky tea gardens produce Long Jing 43 cultivar for our first flush Dragon Well and first flush Lu Zhen Green Needles.

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    Mr. Kong

    Mr. Kong, the leader of Jin Long Ping Village has been one of the driving forces to sustain organic agriculture and spread organic agriculture education amongst the villages of Xuan En. Here he is in the certified organic Anji Bai Cha cultivar garden.

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    Processing

    Mr. Kong is the leader of the organic tea Co Op in Jin Long Ping see here with me and one of the Long Jing artisans on the first day of Lu Zhen Nd Long Jing processing in March 2017.

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    Processing

    After the first pass in the paddle panning machine, the Dragon Well begins to shape but it is still not tight and remains a bit green. After the second pass, the shape becomes more tight and spear like with a less fresh green appearance and a more apparent roast effect. At this point the tea can be lightly baked to fix the aroma and stabilize the moisture content. The final result provides a pleasant grassiness balanced with nutty-sweet toasted chestnut aroma. 


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