Chamomile – The gold of the Hungarian Hortobágy

Chamomile – The gold of the Hungarian Hortobágy

When we poured the wondrous flowers we got a golden shade drink, which has a complex taste. Beyond the well-known Chamomiles notes, we found creamy texture, then a hint of vanilla and woody notes. There’s a pale flash of elderflower in the aftertaste.

Matcha latte the smooth green velvet

Matcha latte the smooth green velvet

The matcha drink which was made with care is given calmness and concentration to body and soul. The matcha latte - with milk or plant-based milk - is one of the best choices.

Matcha drink for the Summer

Matcha drink for the Summer

There are many ways to enjoy Matcha, but probably the easiest way is using a cocktail mixer for the job. We found that many of our guests visiting our Lánchíd utca shop in Budapest enjoy it.

Cold brew – the old friend

Cold brew – the old friend

A dose of water, some tea leaves, one night in the fridge and the magic happens by itself; round and a bit of smoother cold brew tea we get. We recommend it as a morning drink or afternoon freshener even with lemon and herbs.

Fizzy matcha-drink with tonic

Fizzy matcha-drink with tonic

There are many ways to enjoy Matcha, most recently the one made with fizzy and chilled tonic water became a real hit. Many of our customers claimed it to be the best drink for hot days and asked for the recipe. Read this article to find out how to make this.

Miracles of Qimen county 1/3

Miracles of Qimen county 1/3

High mountains, fast-flowing rivers, dense forests, and among them there are the endless tea fields. Qimen region leads in Anhui province between the Yangce river and Huangshan mountain of the painters. We just get three amazing tea from Qimen, two green and one black. Read their story.

What is the difference between sheng and shu puers?

What is the difference between sheng and shu puers?

If the tea is older than 40-50 years, the taste is irrelevant. It almost tastes like a wet coffin or a rotten tree from the forest, but the effect is incredible! After 1-2 cups of such tea, you can experience a different state of mind. You won’t even know what happened, but the effect goes through the whole body.

Story of the Lao Banzhang 老班章 tea

Story of the Lao Banzhang 老班章 tea

Teas made from ancient tea trees are always “essential”. If you drink it, it provides a strong body effect. Basically, it can open the channels. One can definitely feel when the effect comes. Instead of knocking, it is banging on the door. It is indeed a pretty noticeable effect.

China and the various types of tea

China and the various types of tea

The Chinese tea culture has a long history. The first texts about tea are hailing from the 8th century. The tea-drinking habit became popular along with the rise of Buddhism. Buddhist monks cultivated tea plantations. We can find many Chan stories when monks are working in the tea plantation as part of monastery life.

Budapest – Beijing  – Tibet

Budapest – Beijing – Tibet

When in the ’90s I went to China to study, I could widen my horizons. I used my scholarship to buy tea in the local Chinese tea shops in Peking. At that time the price of quality tea was still easily affordable. I used to buy some of the most expensive teas, but only 10-15 grams of each, and then I was drinking them for a few days.

Dangocha Gyokuro

Dangocha Gyokuro

There’s the fifth basic taste, umami between the flavour notes. Hints of spinach and the bit of tarragon in the first pours which turns to pine resin later. This tea gives us a calm feeling, like a cotton pyjama, which hugs and touches you almost imperceptibly.

Blown away by an aged Tie Guan Yin

Blown away by an aged Tie Guan Yin

It’s a cloudy, rainy night. I am driving home from Zhao Zhou. We tasted teas as every second Tuesday. My mood doesn’t match the weather, what I feel is pure tranquility. I am on the old well-known way to Etyek, I should be in a hurry because it’s almost 8 o’clock when the curfew starts. But now I don’t feel the usual urge to speed up a bit to arrive home in time.

Pre-order 2021 Greens & Puers

Pre-order 2021 Greens & Puers

Spring is the most exciting time of the year, when all the tea harvests start in Asia. There are legends about the high quality leaves picked before Qing Ming.

Sri Lanka – Misty mountains, honest smiles

Sri Lanka – Misty mountains, honest smiles

’There’s no greater joy than the endlessly changing horizon!’ Teahunting Finding good teas is always an exciting challenge. Finding the perfect one among old Chinese friends’ samples, discovering special producers of new regions or countries takes dedication. The main characteristics of high-quality teas are:  sourced from high mountains, old trees, organic plantation, handpicked and hand […]

Order now Da Xue Shan – Snow Mountain puer 2020

Order now Da Xue Shan – Snow Mountain puer 2020

Pre-order – Da Xue Shan 2020 No.866 old tree puer tea – 400-gram tea cake Every year we purchase one of our favorite sheng Puer teas from the Great Snow Mountain, Lincang, Yunnan province, China. We date back our teas from this tea garden since 2012 when we bought the first large stock from them. This year […]

Press crumbs about us

Press crumbs about us

Local’s lore „Zhao Zhou is the kind of place that once you’re entering will never get it out of your head. It’s not only the prime service you’ve received, the tea you’ve tasted, the effect it had on you, the selection of pottery that took your breath away, but the whole space, the interior, the […]

Happiness in a teacup – Why drinking tea makes us happier?

Happiness in a teacup – Why drinking tea makes us happier?

Happiness in a teacup – Why drinking tea makes us happier? Everyone has their main reason for drinking Chinese tea: cozy habit, a good program with friends, one person ritual, good refresher, a tasty beverage, or calming method. Whatever the reason is, We are sure that everyone who regularly drinks tea, can tell about the […]

The art of simple tea making

The art of simple tea making

Sometimes when you are at home or in the office, you find yourself in the #wannadrinktea mood, but do not want to start a whole tea session. We found that this little glass tea gadget makes the difference. Just between normal tea making and the gongfu style, the AB glass teapot brings an additional artisan […]

The beginning of Japanese tea ceremony

The beginning of Japanese tea ceremony

Tea words  Péter Galambos, the tea hunter of Zhao Zhou teahouse had extensive knowledge of the history of Chinese Buddhism and Chinese tea, all kinds of tea and meditation practices, and the relation of the latter two. Moreover, he was happy to share all this knowledge. However quite often we were simply drinking tea and […]

Cold brewed tea

Cold brewed tea

Cold brew tea for the Summer heat  One of the simplest and most effective tea-making processes is using cold water in the hot Summer. If you don’t have a kettle on hand or just want to make up for your daily liquid needs in a more enjoyable way than water, Mizudashi, the cold soaked tea, […]

Pre-order Duyun Maojian 2019 –  our finest green tea

Pre-order Duyun Maojian 2019 – our finest green tea

  Our new Duyun Maoijian 2019 green tea is available for pre-order till the 15th of July. The tea can be bought in packages of 100 grams with a 20% discount from its future price. Although some of you might know this tea from last year, here is a short summary for those who are […]

Pre-order now Da Xue Shan – Snow Mountain puer 2019

Pre-order now Da Xue Shan – Snow Mountain puer 2019

Da Xue Shan 2019 No.861 and DXS Yesheng 2019 No.862 fresh puer teas Every year we purchase one of our favorite sheng Puer teas from the Great Snow Mountain, Lincang, Yunnan province, China. This year we are currently deciding the size of the order for the new vintage, the tea is pressed into cakes, has settled a while, ready […]

Teahouse in Ningpo

Teahouse in Ningpo

Photo gallery of a beautiful and remote tea house in Ningpo, where tea meets music, calligraphy.

Tie Guan Yin

Tie Guan Yin

Iron Goddess of Mercy After the last year’s green Tie Guan Yin, this year we brought two dark, slightly baked ones: Hongxin Tie Guan Yin and Yesheng Tie Guan Yin — both teas are of extreme quality and very delicate processing. The first one is a moderately-baked tea, with a warming, creamy texture and smooth […]

Pre-order now Da Xue Shan – Snow Mountain puer 2018

Pre-order now Da Xue Shan – Snow Mountain puer 2018

Da Xue Shan 2018 No.852 and DXS Yesheng 2018 No.855 fresh puer teas. Every year we purchase one of our favorite tea from the Great Snow Mountain, Lincang, Yunnan province, China. This year we are currently placing the order for the new vintage and thought we would extend this opportunity to our customers. Good puer teas, mainly coming from old trees, […]

Qingming, 清明 — Clear and Bright

Qingming, 清明 — Clear and Bright

“清明時節雨紛紛” —During the Festival of Qing Ming drizzling is the rain. (Du Mu, 杜牧) Qingming Festival The Qingming Festival (清明節), alternatively called as Tomb-Sweeping Day (掃墳節) is an ancient Chinese tradition with a history of more than 2500 years. The first day of the festival falls on the 1st day of the 5th solar term […]

Chasen 茶筅 – the matcha whisk

Chasen 茶筅 – the matcha whisk

In the past few months, we have been experimenting with our matcha tea as well as our matcha accessories. As a result, we have just received a set of beautiful azure-glazed chawans from Tünde Ruzicska’s workshop along with our KEZEMURA pieces. Besides, we decided to indulge ourselves in the world of chasens as well. Chasen […]

Hand Pollinators in China – exhibition of Mariann Fercsik

Hand Pollinators in China – exhibition of Mariann Fercsik

It is a pleasure to announce that our first art exhibition starts 19th of February. Come and join us at 7 pm at the opening ceremony or visit the exhibition later. Please register here for the opening event. The artist behind a magical camera Mariann Fercsik is a Hungarian photographer, based in England; she spent […]

GABA – Drinking Tea to Relax

GABA – Drinking Tea to Relax

Not all tea is the same For many people, the common assumption is that tea is solely a stimulant that has the primary effect of activating the central nervous system via the main chemical component, caffeine. It turns out that tea is much more complex than that. The different types (ex. green, black, Oolong, etc.) […]

Prunes and plums from Wuyi cliffs

Prunes and plums from Wuyi cliffs

When ordering from our Wuyi supplier — a small garden in the so-called real, or center rock area (正岩, zheng yan) — we received a sample that was made of a special cultivar, called Mei Zhan (梅占, plum fragrance) and was harvested in 2013. Thanks to the 4 years it has been aging, by now […]

Matcha – 抹茶 – the finely ground green tea leaves and how to make it

Matcha – 抹茶 – the finely ground green tea leaves and how to make it

A brief introduction how to make the most out of your Matcha powder and what do we need for the preparation. Accessories The four vital accessories are: chashaku (茶杓), a thin bamboo scoop; chawan (茶碗), a ceramic bowl; chasen (茶筅), a tea whisk, also made of bamboo; and a sieve. All of the necessary accessories […]

2017’s Xin Yang Mao Jians – Try them both

2017’s Xin Yang Mao Jians – Try them both

Why Mao Jian? In the Spring of 2017, while in the quest of Taiwanese green teas and oolongs, we paid a visit to a friend of Peter’s, a well-known abbot from Taipei, Taiwan. Chatting with him, we were offered a wonderful, lightsome, and elegant green tea of superior quality, a Mao Jian. We were thinking […]

The Great pine and Co.

The Great pine and Co.

New teas from Japan We have just received our new Japanese teas and we are really happy with them! This year, it is the second time that we ordered tea from the Yoshida Mei tea garden. One of Uji’s ancient tea-gardens, spreading around the Kōzan-ji (高山寺) temple, is tended by the Yoshida family for 16 […]

Mid-Autumn Festival and Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival and Mooncakes

The Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節, Vietnamese: tết Trung Thu, is the second biggest festival of the Year in some Asian countries. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Lunar calendar (this year the 4th of October). It is said, that the Moon appears to be the biggest and roundest […]

Fish Eyes in your Kettle – Chinese Water Temperature Methods

Fish Eyes in your Kettle – Chinese Water Temperature Methods

As you probably know, different kinds of tea need to be steeped at different temperatures to ensure you are getting the best flavour out of your tea. This is particularly true of delicate whole-leaf green teas which may be most optimally steeped at temperatures as low as 70°C (155°F). But how do you know when to stop your kettle at a lower temperature than boiling?

Nepali fresh teas 2017, from the best tea stock exchange

Nepali fresh teas 2017, from the best tea stock exchange

It is like a good and efficient stock exchange: we receive and taste all kinds of different teas, then as quickly as possible choose and get the best ones from Jun Chiyabari tea garden. They produce a great variety of teas, but of course each year the first teas of the year are the most […]

Our Japanese teas have arrived

Our Japanese teas have arrived

This spring, along with our trip to China, we looked around the world of Japanese teas. We discovered, then soon made friends with Yoshida Masahiro, the member of the Yoshida family with 200 years history in tea making as well as the caretakers of Japan’s oldest tea plantation.

Pre-order now Da Xue Shan 2016 No.831 puer tea

Pre-order now Da Xue Shan 2016 No.831 puer tea

Every year we purchase one of our favorite tea from the Great Snow Mountain, Lincang, Yunnan province, China. This year we are currently placing the order for the new vintage and thought we would extend this opportunity to our customers. Good puer teas, mainly coming from old trees, can be aged for years, and even decades like fine wines. In […]

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