Tea has been traded far and wide since time immemorial. Before there were planes, trains, boats, and automobiles, tea was transported strapped to the backs of people and horses. For over a millennium, one ancient footpath has connected the tea markets of Yunnan, China to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Known as the Ancient Tea-Horse Road, this unpaved and rugged path— which was formed only by the foot traffic of humans and horses— is one of the most dangerous ancient commercial roads. It stretches across nearly 2,500 miles of mountains, rivers, canyons, valleys and planes. In addition to tea, trade goods like salt and sugar flow into Tibet via the Tea-Horse Road, while livestock, furs, musk, and other Tibetan products are transported to world beyond.
David Lee Hoffman, American tea pioneer, chats about the old days of tea buying, giving artisan family farmers a fair deal, and some crazy adventures in the backwoods of China.
– Falling off a tea mountain and how to taste Snake Wine
Winnie Wu, owner of the Bay Area famed Teance, tastes Phoenix Oolong and talks about the evolution of tea in America and China and the cultural benefits to all.
– Tasting Phoenix Oolong, artisan, hand made Chinese tea
– The Teance tea bar: tasting tea at the tasting table
– Changing tea cultures in Asia: from artisan tea to tea bags
– Future of tea in America
– Physiological benefits of tea
– Why we are embracing tea culture today