Our recent trip for tea took us to India and Nepal, from the far eastern region of Assam tea territory near the border of Myanmar to the Taj Mahal, to the foothills of the Himalayas and the gardens of Darjeeling.
We’d heard about tea being grown in the Azores, 800 miles off the western coast of Portugal. In October 2016, we headed in that direction to find two tea plantations, Chá Gorreana and Porto Formosa, creating black teas in the Chinese tradition. We brought teas back for customers to try and hope to offer these regularly in the tearoom sometime soon.
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On April 17 at 6AM, Ray hopped on a plane bound for the tea fields of China. With little more than a 2600 cu in. backpack, he started his trek in Kunming and ended the journey 35 days later in Shanghai’s tea markets.
Through photos, videos, and a map, we document our first trip to China for tea. Though Ray did pack very light, photos taken with a small camera and an ipod Touch for timely updates over wifi, provide a unique view of China and its people, along with our tea friends, producers, and farmers.
The following was Ray’s itinerary, traveling with the Dobrá Tea family from the US and Europe: