Acupuncturist wrote:I'm curious if anyone has any experience studying tea in Yunnan? I'll be in China for a month this Feb/March and would love to spend a couple weeks learning about tea if I can somehow get connected with a teacher.
The best tea teacher you can find is tea itself. Since you have the opportunity to go to Yunnan, I suggest you visit some tea mountains, see how tea is processed and grown. You can try a wide range of teas in the tea markets. It's good to trust your palate and keep your mind opened.
It's easy to get information about tea, but hard to process it into something valuable. It takes a lot of time to have a global vision of tea, but it's possible, and it's actually the most passionating endeavour I've taken in my life.
I wouldn't recommend you find one unique teacher and learn from him. It will give you too narrow a vision. Try to combine and cross-check the sources, talk to farmers, experts, vendors, observe and stay curious.