Buddhist Promotion Lands Tea Company in Hot Water

A tea company is in hot water after Shenzhen officials deemed its latest marketing campaign to be “borderline” illegal. Hey Tea (喜茶, xǐ chá), a popular national beverage chain, recently partnered with the Jingdezhen China...

Translation: Sharp Eyes—A Year in Rural Surveillance

Surveillance in Chinese cities is ubiquitous, with highly visible security cameras trained on most every intersection, public space, and building, but over the past decade, it has been seeping into the countryside as well. In an...

China Tea Growers Shift to Coffee

As China’s tea farmers look to coffee for more profits, the Los Angeles Times reports the Yunnan provincial government plans to increase the production of coffee to 200,000 tons by 2020: “My sole income depends on...

Coffee Farming in the Home of Pu'er Tea

Since 1988, Yunnan’s coffee production has grown almost 24-fold, thanks in part to the efforts of Swiss food leviathan Nestle. From MSNBC: “Before I started growing coffee, I couldn’t afford a house like the...

Growing Coffee in China’s Tea Country

Marketplace interviews tea farmers in Yunnan who have replaced their crops with coffee in order to increase profits. Listen to the report here: Tea has been an intrinsic part of Chinese culture for thousands of years, but with...

Tea, Wild or Not, Enriches Chinese Province

Yunnan Province has long been a main source of tea and today plantations supply many of the trendy tea shops in China’s major cities.  But locals reject the mass produced grown tea, preferring to drink wild species from...

China gets high on Scotch with a touch of green tea – Times of India

From The Times of India: A bizarre but fashionable concoction of Scotch and green tea in an economically resurgent China has driven the sale of the finest whiskies of Scotland to an all-time high. Traditional Scotch dealers didn’t ever imagine their drink would be put to such use, but they are not complaining, not after […]



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