Yu Kui Weng

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have worked with tea for over 30 years, my family are tea farmers.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I go to tea garden every day at 7 am, if the tea needs plucking I will begin at 9~10 am, giving the sun time to dry the leaves a little. In the afternoon will go back to the tea garden take a look, and I am back home at 5:30 pm.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
My favorite part is rolling tea, rolling tea is interesting. You must control your strength to make a beautiful shape.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
My age. I am getting old. But for now the young generation only likes to find jobs in the city, they think making tea is a hard job. When the tea season comes you can't sleep at the night, they like stay up late but not for work.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
You can drink this tea as hot tea also cold brew, in the summertime using cold water to put into refrigerator around 8 hours or ambient temperature 40 degrees celcius min, it will more sweet and smooth.

photo of formosa fancy bai hao
Yu Kui Weng's
formosa fancy bai hao
The cup is one of peach blossoms with a lingering honey note.