Who We Are
Zhi Zheng Tea Shop is a Chinese-British company based in Jinghong, the regional capital of Xishuangbanna Autonomous Prefecture in the southwest of Yunnan Province, China. Jinghong City is in the heart of the Six Famous Tea Mountains tea growing region.
We - there are two of us, one Chinese, one British - met in a friends tea shop a few years ago and decided to start making small batches of our own 'label' handmade, raw Puer tea from ancient and old arboreal tea trees, by working with individual tea farmers.
Zhi Zheng.Song is now a registered trademark. Most of the tea we produce is under this label, however we sometimes make very small quantities of tea - sometimes only a few kilos - which we wrap in plain or hand-stamped paper.
Our 250 gram Puer cakes are an example of this.
What We Do
Since we live in the area we are better able to maintain good relationships with a number of Xishuangbanna's finest tea growers. We are able to regularly visit tea farmers we work with as well as look for new teas. When we're not in the shop, we're in the mountains.
Please take a look around our website or visit our Puer shop in Jinghong. You can also contact us by email or telephone.
This year we established a base near the foot of the mountain in Nan Nuo Shan where we can process our own tea. This was the first year we have been able to do this, buying fresh leaves from farmers on Nan Nuo Shan and inviting a few tea farmers to work with us to make tea. We can also conduct tea workshops there.
The picture on the left is the building in early 2011.
See here for more pictures of our Nan Nuo Shan site
or see our blog for more photographs
The tea farmers we work with
We work with a number of different farmers from across Xishuangbanna; From Yiwu: Luo Shui Dong, Man Zhuang, Mang Zhi, YiBang, to Jinuo Shan and Nan Nuo Shan and the Menghai tea region; Bulang Shan, Lao Ban Zhang, Lao Man E, Ba Ka Long, Meng Song.
More recently we have been producing teas from other areas; Naka, Jing Mai, Ba Ma and Xigui and Bing Dao in Lincang.
Here are a few of the farmers we work with. They are all local tea farmers from families who have been making tea for generations using traditional methods, and are highly skilled in hand-made Puer tea production.
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Double-click on the Quicktime file to the left to see a short clip of Aini people in Nan Nuo Shan picking a tree.