Yu Ting Chen
How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I was brought up in tea mountains and started picking tea when I was a teenager. It's been 25-28 years.
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
Every day I get up at 5:30 in the morning, go to check in at the tea garden around 6am to 7am until 10am I will take rest. After lunch around 1:30 I will go to tea garden again, for weeding and fertilizing, etc. until 5 pm.
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I like the pan-firing part, the temperature at that time is really high so it can release the leaf's flavor. It is really good and feels nice when I smell the scent.
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
The difficult part of tea plucking is worker problems, due to the weather changes. All the tea in high altitude is harvested almost at the same time, but there are not enough workers for it, so sometimes we cannot follow the schedule to process, this problem will get worse in the future.
Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
I usually follow my heart to make a cup of tea, see the color of liquid, take time to make your tea. You will taste different beautiful flavor.
Yu Ting Chen's
ali shan special
Silky cup that tells of its high altitude origin and beautiful tender leaves.