Guo Ya Ling

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I started to work with tea when I was 20. I love tea and drink tea every day. When I finished middle school, I decided to work at the lung jing farm. During the spring season, I will go out to pick up tea leaves. I also help to work in the factory with the primary processing.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I only pick up the tea leaves in Spring. I will get up at 7am and go out to pick up the tea leaves. I need to be careful because the bud and leaves are very tender. I will stop picking at noon. Then I will send the tea leaves to the factory. During the busy season, I also will help to work in the factory to do some primary production.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I like to help with the primary working, such as fixation, which is to remove the water of the tea leaves, because I can smell the lovely tea while working.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
If the weather is raining, I can not make good tea.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Keep the lung jing in the place of low temperature. The best way is to store in the refrigerator.

photo of shi feng long jing
Guo Ya Ling's
shi feng long jing
Crisp, delicately nutty body, with a hint of sweet grass and apricot blossoms.