xiaijipincha wrote:Thank you for the post! It is nice to know there is a growing population and that Verdant Tea is not just an internet company (I sent them an email)!
Yeah, I don't think I will be converting very much into USD- although that may change (3 Yuan per USD, if that every happens). I am still learning about Puer- here, I need to be very careful because it is possible to purchase fake Puer. So it is not only taste, age and cost, but also authenticity I need to watch for!
Oy yoy! 3 per USD? That'd certainly change things for the world.
As for fake pu'er, just get to know folks at the tea market. Don't buy from someone unless you trust them. No one would sell something bad to someone they considered a friend, and a real tea person will probably want to be friends with a "foreigner" (or really anyone) who truly expresses an interest in learning and appreciating tea. If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable and it seems like they're just trying to take advantage of you because you're white, then well- trust your gut. These folks tend to have large shops right at the fronts of the markets, and they'll push white tea and jasmine or 8-treasure / babao on you. If you want to learn about pu'er, you'll know those shops when you see them. Pu'er bricks stacked to the ceiling, and not much else! Taste tea with them, ask them lots of questions and ask for their opinions about things, and you'll learn a ton. Once your palate has a better idea of what pu'er is and can and should be, you can trust what your tongue is telling you about what the brick is worth.
The tea market is also a great place to learn Chinese, because you'll inevitably end up spending 8 or so hours at a time there tasting teas and chatting chatting chatting. It's where I learned basically all I know (so wow, do I have some warped vocab.. I can talk flavor and texture and steepings, etc, but I have no idea about words for weather or politics or clothing..).
Hi there, I'm in Wisconsin does that count?
Good luck on your pu journey!
It totally counts to me! One of my great pu'er fiend loving friends just moved out to Brookfield. Infinitea (which used to be down the street from me in Uptwon) is based in Eau Claire, and I've heard there are some rocking tea houses in Madison.