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Buying Tea Online

When buying online, try to buy samples first before buying cakes or tongs.

If you can, check with knowledgeable tea drinkers. And just because someone is posting a lot on the internet, does not mean that he is knowledgeable. If you are unable to find anyone, trust your own judgment and taste.

Recommended International Puerh Dealers

Bannacha (France)
Bana Tea (USA)
Cloud's Tea House (Hong Kong)
JK Tea Shop (Guangzhou, China)
Lau Yu Fat (Hong Kong - they only speak Cantonese.Mandarin)
Origin Tea (Taiwan)
Tea Urchin (Shanghai, China)
Yunnan Sourcing (USA)
Zhi Zheng Tea (Jinghong, China)

Recommended Taobao Web Stores

Xiaguan's Official Webstore
http://xiaguanchaye.tmall.com/

Dayi's Official Webstore
http://dayi.tmall.com

Taobao Web Stores

Zhi Ming Du
Jade Dragon (only the new cakes, the old cakes can be fake)
Seven Gifts
Qijiantang ; http://shop33881216.taobao.com/ (Douji authorised dealers)
Yiruchang (Douji specialist)
Yunnan People (Changtai specialist)
GZZ Mall (Guan Zi Zai authorised dealer)
CS Puer Mall (Chen Sheng Hao authorised dealer)

Fake Tea Sellers on Taobao
DZ Puer

Japanese Tetsubin Websites

 

御釜屋
http://www.nanbutetsubin.com/

鈴木盛久工房
http://www.suzukimorihisa.com/

鈴木主善堂
http://www.shuzendo.com/

藤枝工房
http://www.tetubinn.com/

南部鉄庵
http://tetsuan.jp/

虎山工房
http://www.kozan.info/

照光堂 照亦製作所
http://www.ginga.or.jp/~morihand/koubou/terumata

岩鋳販売(株)岩鋳鋳造所
http://www.iwachu.co.jp/

Hibachiya
http://www.hibachiya.com/do/nanbu/

 

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, "Oh, this pace is terrible!" But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

 

Updated: October 29, 2013

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