Liang Yu Ming

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have worked with tea for more than 25 years. I was born in a tea town and most people here work with tea. I started working with tea after graduation from high school.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I go out every day at 8. This is a mountain area, so I need to climb mountains and pick up tea leaves. I will finish working around 4pm.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I love the fresh tea smell while plucking. I am very happy to get paid every day after delivering my fresh tea leaves to the primary factory. I can also buy a little delicious finished tea to drink.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
I need to climb the mountain to pluck tea leaves. Sometime it is hard for me because my legs are not good anymore. I hope I can still work for several years before I retire.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Please use a high glass to brew the beautiful tai pin hou kui. The temperature should be about 80-85 degrees celsius . When you pour the hot water into the glass, you can see the tea leaves dancing up and down in the glass. It is very enjoyable.

photo of tai ping hou kui
Liang Yu Ming's
tai ping hou kui
Sweetgrass, lily-of-the-valley floral, and whispery apricot notes.