“Seeking excellence means choosing to forge your own sword to cut through the limitations of your life.” – James A. Murphy
This week in the Throne and Beauty teayard of Fujian Province, I take off the handcuffs of White tea processing, to use mature tea leaf instead of traditionally applied young leaf, finally made a surprisingly nice White tea, not just about the versatile and charming aroma, even not the silky mouthfeel, only the rebellious profile can shine the eyes. The tea is simply called White Dragon Horse.
It’s fixed standard however the world is always changing, even sometimes receive tricky kidding. In 2015 the German certifier BCS pubished a news on Pesticide analysis required:
Taiwanese customs conducts random inspections during the import procedure and tests samples for these residues. In the past months a range of different organic products destined for the Tai- wanese market have tested positive.
But don’t get me wrong, Organic is a very good way to do the right things.
Beside the methods mentioned in 10 questions on Organic tea, still there are other ways to find Pesticide Free farmers.
In China, Organic certifying is a very special market, for EU/USDA certifying, the job is mostly done by three companies: ECOCERT, BCS and IMO.
It’s even simpler now, IMO was acquired by ECOCERT in 2014, so now only two companies left and they both have a certified companies database:
Firstly send to testing lab like Eurofins.
Oh no, the first priority is to talk with the people. Last year a friend introduced a tea garden to me, the tea garden manager showed up in my house and claimed the perfection of the farm. Last week I drove 9 hours to visit the tea garden, there I talked to the master, worker, neighbor and stepped my feet on the soil, to feel how the grass feel, to smell how the plants smell, to crawl how the ants crawl. We had a good dinner in the tea garden, I finally made some nice new friends though it’s not the tea garden I am looking for.
In the end we are just human being, tea is a result of our work, if you get the wrong man, there is big possibility you will get the wrong tea.
Speaking of pesticide, some people use it some not, figuring out the reason behind can help us find the tea garden we want easier. Till now the followings are in my mind:
What if we have a database just like Organic tea, that’s a good idea but what’s the difference:
What tea farmers need to do is just a statement, to clearly claim the cleanliness and I will shoot a video for each farmer.
Pls also note this is NOT a guarantee but just a better starting point.
The Contact information below is also the ID of WeChat which is the No.1 messaging app in China.
|Chen Linqin||13860205063||Zhangping, Fujian||Oolong tea||Shui Xian||https://youtube.com/|
|Wu Huanghua||15880026244||Guangze, Fujian||Black tea||Cai Cha||https://vimeo.com|
|Yan Yishao||15758356821||Jingmai, Yunnan||Puer tea||Yunnan Big Leaf||-|
|Xie Rongwei||13809599957||Songxi, Fujian||White tea||Zhenghe Big White||-|