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August Moon Tea aims to bring the fresh air and sunshine from the tea field to our tea ceremony and create a peaceful and exquisite ambience for all of you.

Tea not only brings people closer but also helps us to reconnect with ourselves. It’s a natural elixir for our souls.

Tag: TEA CEREMONY

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What We Can Learn From A Tea Ceremony

In one’s life, there are many teachers who might even change one’s life. As tea drinkers, we have a special one which is tea. We can learn a lot from it.

 

Tea Teaches us Simplicity

The aroma made from a proper tea ceremony is quiet, soft, and moderate. It slowly travels through our body and put it at ease. It is not superficial, disappearing within seconds. The world is always on the go where one loses oneself so easily. The quality of life gradually deteriorates.

A simple lifestyle becomes a longing desire for many of us. Through a tea ceremony, we enjoy every moment of peacefulness, without too much noise. Coming from the deepest mountains in a simple colour, tea shares the wisdom of simplicity and helps us to find our souls.

 

Tea Teaches us Kindness

It is important to consider others at a tea ceremony. If you are preparing tea, your mind isn’t just on one or two people, but everyone around the tea table. You will notice who doesn’t have enough in the cup, if the tea is too warm for most people, or if everyone is comfortable. You might also notice someone might be too shy to engage in the conversation and want to help this person to blend in.

As a guest, you might want to keep your voice down so that other people can talk. You might also want to show your gratitude to the tea maker for his/her kind service. Maybe putting your phone down and focusing on the experience is also something we can do to enjoy a nicely presented tea ceremony.

 

Tea Teaches us Patience

A tea ceremony requires a lot of practice. It always involves many steps you have to go through to make an unforgettable experience, from boiling water, warming up the tea wares to making the tea, serving it. Each round deserves our attention to the very details.

When you are sitting around the table, you would learn to be respectful and patient. There is no rush to reach the teacup right after the tea is served because you could burn your fingers. You learn to wait for other people to finish their tea and start the next round.

 

Tea is a healthy lifestyle that brings people closer in a relaxing, friendly and respectful environment. With August Moon Tea, you can always learn the art of tea.

Tea of The Month–High Mountain Meizhan

A little path only the local farmers know can lead us to the tea field. 2.5-hours of walking from the bottom of the mountain to the tea field is all it takes to pick the tea leaves.

Have you tried the high mountain Meizhan black tea? It is a tea of love and warmth. It is the tea of February.  

It comes from a friend’s farm which was abandoned. The tea field is located on a mountain that is over 1000-meters high near Estelle’s hometown. Building a road isn’t easy. A little path only the local farmers know can lead us to the tea field. 2.5-hours of walking from the bottom of the mountain to the tea field is all it takes to pick the tea leaves. The high altitude allows a longer time for the tea plants to take nutrition from nature. Hence, it gives us an amazing experience. 

I remember the dark chocolate aroma of the dry tea leaf the first time when we sampled the tea. It was so unique and special that I couldn’t resist to make it. 

As you pour boiling water to rinse the tea, the sweet aroma quickly comes out of the teapot. You breathe in and feel loved. This is a tea deserves your full attention. It changes from one infusion to another. If you like coconut sweets, this tea gives you a rich coconut sweetness. If you like rose, you can smell the fragrance of the rose. If you like baked sweet potato, you might feel it has sweet potato in the tea. When you sip it, you feel so relaxed and warmed.  In China, we actually call black tea ‘red tea’ following the glamours colour of the tea liquor. As you can see, Meizhan shows you a rich golden, amber colour.

Nature and the good tea farm have given us their best. We cherish it and respect it. 

If you are interested in trying this tea, you can come to the shop, we will make it for you in the traditional Gong Fu Tea style. Find more information about it, please visit https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/high-mountain-meizhan-black-tea/

A Quiet Love from Shu Puer Tea

It’s quiet, yet, it’s also warming. It’s plain. But when you take the time to enjoy it, it’s so sophisticated with great depth in the flavours and aromas. Yet, it’s so simple that it takes away all the stress. It brings peace to you.

I can’t think of any other tea as comforting as fermented puer tea. You don’t need to love it at the beginning. It loves you, unconditionally. It grows on you, gradually. 

Coming from the deep forest in Yunnan Province, Puer tea is unique, in various aspects. It is so special that it might not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea. 

At the early stage of my tea journey, when I was so drawn into oolong tea and red tea, the quiet, almost plain flavour of fermented puer tea didn’t catch my heart at all. For me, it was nothing but boring. It was so earthy that it always reminded me of rotten furniture in an ancient house.

The colour of fermented puer tea is beautiful

Over the years, after tasting so many different teas, I learned to appreciate the flavour of fermented puer tea. It’s possibly not the most amazing tea to try, but it is a tea for every day. It’s so calming and comforting. It’s quiet, yet, it’s also warming. It’s plain. But when you take the time to enjoy it, it’s so sophisticated with great depth in the flavours and aromas. Yet, it’s so simple that it takes away all the stress. It brings peace to you. Slowly, I started to like it and love it. It is one of the must-to-have teas in my tea collection. 

Pu’er traditionally begins as a raw product known as “rough” máochá (毛茶) and can be sold in this form or pressed into a number of shapes and sold as “raw” shēngchá (生茶). Both of these forms then undergo the complex process of gradual fermentation and maturation with time. The Wodui (渥堆) fermentation process developed in 1973 by the Kunming Tea Factory created a new type of puer tea. This process involves an accelerated fermentation into “ripe” Shucha (熟茶) which is then stored loose or pressed into various shapes. The fermentation process was adopted at the Menghai Tea Factory shortly after and technically developed there.

The tea for January is a fermented Puer tea from 2004. It is a great option for the post-festive time when we feel a bit guilty for having too much naughty food. Puer tea contains high levels of polyphenols (flavonoids, catechins and theaflavin), which are known for their antioxidant activity. These powerful chemicals speed up fat burning as well as reduce stress and heavy metal consumption due to the cell repair compounds found within. The theanine and flavonoids found within Puer just so happen to aid in digestion after meals by acting as a sponge and accelerator for fat burning. 

We all need the unconditional love from a cup of Puer tea to enjoy the simplicity of life.

Check this tea out at https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/2004-aged-puer-tea-brick/

Dry Tea Leaf of 2004 Aged Puer Tea
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