Tea & Teaware

All the proceeds support the creation of Light Meets Life!

Light Meets Life is the bigger future version of our current center, Tea Sage Hut. We plan to build Light Meets Life in the mountains nearby to Miao Li. Our current center hosts hundreds of guests a year. All food, lodging, tea and teachings are free. We operate on a pay-it-forward system. Light Meets Life will continue in that same spirit of giving. We hope to be able to host up to fifteen permanent residents and forty guests on any given day in the new center. The proceeds of this tea and teaware will be used towards the creation of Light Meets Life. Click on the pictures of any of the tea or teaware to see a full page of details!

  • Stacks Image 277514
  • Stacks Image 277571
  • Stacks Image 277520
  • Stacks Image 277523
  • Stacks Image 277526
  • Stacks Image 277529
  • Stacks Image 277532
Please contribute what you can for a 200g packet of this stellar tea. The minimum is US 70$ + shipping.
More Details...
Stacks Image 277543
Stacks Image 277545
Stacks Image 277547
Stacks Image 277549
Stacks Image 277551
Stacks Image 277553
Stacks Image 277555
We came upon an opportunity to buy a large quantity of this aged red tea, hoping to secure some for the Center. But the owner only wanted to sell in bulk, so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share one of the best teas we have ever tried with our community. This tea comes from wild trees in Pinglin, Taiwan. This is a living tea, grown in biodiverse mountain gardens where wild trees have spread. The leaves are bit by the same katydids that give Eastern Beauty its unique fragrance. The big-bitten wild leaves and the ten years of age make this tea floral, punchy and musky with a depth and character that defies description. This is one of the most delicious teas we have ever drunk, and it is a deep session as well—coming from such a thriving ecology.
  • Stacks Image 276471
  • Stacks Image 276474
  • Stacks Image 276477
  • Stacks Image 276480
  • Stacks Image 276483
  • Stacks Image 276486
  • Stacks Image 276489
Please contribute what you can for a 150g packet of this stellar tea. The minimum is US 50$ + shipping.
More Details...
Stacks Image 276500
Stacks Image 276502
Stacks Image 276504
Stacks Image 276506
Stacks Image 276508
Stacks Image 276510
Stacks Image 276512
We are so excited to share this beautiful aged tieguanyin with you. It is from an organic farm in Muzha, Taiwan, and was harvested in 2006, so it is already more than ten years old. It was traditionally processed, with heavy oxidation and roast, making it a wonderful and delicious brew right now and also a great candidate for aging. The liquor is bright, sweet and slightly sour, with a bold Qi, complex aromas and is more patient than what you are used to in an oolong (it is “iron goddess of mercy,” after all).

Drinking aged tieguanyin is one of Wu De’s favorite past times. Whenever there is a pause in the Center’s busy schedule and he can drink some tea in his “Ruddy-Faced, Scraggly-Haired Hermit’s Hut” (that is really the name of his house), he very often chooses an aged tieguanyin. Tieguanyin is rich, complex, bold and delicious with strong Qi and it is patient, lasting many steepings—the perfect companion for a ruddy-faced man studying or meditating!

Puerh requires humidity to grow and age well, so many places around the world aren’t suitable for aging puerh. Oolong doesn’t ferment, though, it only oxidizes over time, which means it does not require humidity. In fact, oolong ages better in a dry, sealed environment! Also, oolong changes faster than puerh, growing beautiful in ten years, exquisite in twenty and absolutely stunning in thirty years. It is more difficult nowadays to find an oolong worth aging, though, as lightly-oxidized, greener oolong is the mainstay. Such tea can age, but the high moisture content in the leaves means it will have to dry out first, and therefore take a long time to reach a nice stage, also passing through a long, awkward and undrinkable phase. Traditionally-processed oolong, on the other hand, is drinkable at any age, including just a few months after it is processed, and only gets better with time. This tea can be quite joyously drunk now or aged and drunk even more happily in some years!

We had the tea wrapped in the traditional paper style of yesteryear and created our own stamp to mark the bamboo paper. Through some stunning generosity and good fortune we were able to attain this tea at a very affordable price (less than this year’s Muzha tieguanyin!).
Our Expansion Packs are not part of our Light Meets Life fundraisers. In fact, they aren’t fundraisers at all. We try to offer a few opportunities a year to expand the topic of the magazine and let you try many different kinds of tea that explore whatever issue we are currently publishing. We try to keep them at $40-$50 and spend most everything on the tea, packaging and shipping. This effort is purely educational. Learn more at the Expansion Pack webpage.
  • Stacks Image 277312
  • Stacks Image 277318
  • Stacks Image 277321
  • Stacks Image 277324
  • Stacks Image 277327
  • Stacks Image 277330