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  • Green Hues: Tea Picking in the Forest

    When entering our forest to harvest the season’s tea buds, one is immediately struck by the wide array of green hues. Variance of tea trees’ leaf color is mother Earth’s way of signifying which leaves are ready to become Eastern Leaves. Our ancient tea trees (camellia sinensis assamic trees) consist of large darker leaves on the More  →
  • Chinese National Television documentary on .. Eastern Leaves!

    We have been chosen, unique among the dozen of thousands of Yunnan tea producers, to be shot a documentary on the way we grow and make tea in our mountain forest, preserving the original ecosystem and constantly trying to pursue the excellence of this fabulous terroir. At the end of the harvest season we have More  →
  • tea harvest gem

    This year tea harvest: a bulletin

    The suspicion of a drought hitting the tea areas has now been confirmed. The hints received last winter, such as few seeds on the trees, have been confirmed by our current delayed and slightly low-yielded tea harvest. The question is what this implies for tea producers broadly and how Eastern Leaves is going to cope More  →
  • Qiyi’s hands

    He didn't ask us to meet him at his home on the hill, but it was clear that such a journey was necessary when working with Qiyi. The wonders that he creates are to be touched with both hands and lips in order to be appreciated. Similarly, one must be in Qiyi’s proximity in order More  →
  • Hints of Rainy Season

    On the heights of our ancient trees. On the heights of our ancient trees rain is falling, right now. The wet season follows months of dryness, during which the tea trees grows very slowly, retaining the maximum amount of minerals and nutrients possible. We picked up the dry-season buds to make the Spring Tea, the most precious product of More  →
  • The Tea Harvest

      Early morning, an ancient forest, tea trees bud and leaves grow. The tea harvest—When does it happen and how do we do it at Eastern Leaves?   The basic material — Where does the tea come from? The dry leaves that we brew in our beloved cups were once fresh, colored a light green-yellow,

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  • AD China design magazine

    Eastern Leaves in the AD China December issue!

      Eastern Leaves in the AD China December issue! We are so happy to see us in print in a magazine we admire so much. Heartfelt thanks to Atlas Design Studio, that has made all this possible, and to the AD media team (Chen Jin is THE stylist!) for their professional curiosity. We are working on

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  • Wild Flower

    The beauty of being organic

    Today we took a breath under the amazing after-the-rain blue sky, and we walked in our tea forest. We were not alone: here is a brief picture diary of the small creatures we found on our trees. The beauty of being organic!    

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  • Wild Forest Honey Yunnan high mountain

    Wild Honey

    Wild honey skewers from the forest .. it had been left unattended by its bees, our farmer said. Amber color ambrosia and thousands herbs flavors;

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  • Day Factory puer tea Menghai

    The abandoned Dayi Nannuo factory, and about the continuity of leaves

    Close to our forests in the Nannuo mountain peak and our own tea factory there are the ruins of this gargantuan, old Menghai Cha Chang facility, whose technological vanguard and productive excellence led the whole tea industry, working on the once imperial tea leaves of the nearby peaks.

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  • Tea Flower

    October tea flower

      Early autumn warmth.

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  • Tea Tree Gem


    This the first bud we have seen in the hilltop we own, on Nov 26th, 2014. It is the first gem the land shared with us, and the first message I leave here, while – four months later – I sit in a wooden house getting ready to pick up the first tea leaves of

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