Li Ai Hua

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have worked with tea for 25 years. I loved tea when I was a little girl. It was my dream to become a tea farmer.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
Normally I get up at 7 and go out working after breakfast. I will finish plucking around 2pm.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I love my hometown. It is a famous tea area. It is beautiful in the tea garden. I love plucking in this beautiful place.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
Jun Shan Yin Zhen is made with the first spring tender buds. So I need to work carefully when picking up the delicate buds. I hate to hurt the buds.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Suggest to use 3 grams of tea in a big glass cup. The hot water temperature is about 80-85 degrees celsius. You will see the beautiful buds dancing in the cup when you pour in the hot water.

photo of jun shan yin zhen
Li Ai Hua's
jun shan yin zhen
Creamy light cup with hints of toast and a soft muscat grape fruitiness.