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Steve Schwartz, Founder & CEO

Staff Chronicles

Private Access to Wuyi Mountain Reserve

By On June 2, 2010

This checkpoint is to prevent tourists, foreigners and uninvited guests away from the protective reserve. The habitat hosts a variety of  rare herbs and botanicals, rock teas, about 1000 residents and a… Read More

Staff Chronicles

Special Thanks to Mr. Zhan

By On June 2, 2010

Special thanks to Mr. Zhan. He has been my driver for first 5 days of the journey through Fujian and has successfully honked at every bicycle, tricycle carrier, pedestrian, car, ox, dog,… Read More

History and Culture of Tea

Wild Naked Potential

By On June 2, 2010

Because the crop yield is so low this year many of the farmers that would harvest their commercially grown fields are now looking elsewhere. In other words they are diving deeper into… Read More

Staff Chronicles

Trek Up Wuyishan Mountain

By On June 1, 2010

So the 4 hour trip to the Private Reserve in Wuyishan Mountain Fujian China turned to an 8 hour car ride. Side Note: Its amazing how many dialects their are along the… Read More

Staff Chronicles

Heating Elements: Charcoal or Wood?

By On May 31, 2010

Charcoal or Wood? I wish all decisions were this easy. When looking for a clear result you have two options left or right, green or red, bagel or muffin, in this case… Read More

Our Beliefs

Back Breaking or Back Building?

By On May 31, 2010

They say if you want to get something done give it to someone who is busy. Why? Because it will get done. If they are in motion and are busy then the… Read More

History and Culture of Tea

Lessons From Tea Master Mr. Bei

By On May 30, 2010

Mr. Bei is the tea master of this fair trade estate in Southern China. The way it works at this estate is that there is no central garden rather various lots dotted… Read More

Fair Trade & Organic

Are We Friends?

By On May 28, 2010

Plenty of cheers and toasts at lunch today back at the Fair Trade tea estate after visiting the school, most of which were short blasts of warm words in local dialect which… Read More

Fair Trade & Organic

Fair Trade School Kids

By On May 27, 2010

If you are ever having a bad day just look at this picture. These kids are all smiles. Except for the one with the corn in her mouth caught during a storm… Read More

Fair Trade & Organic

Visiting a Fair Trade Tea Estate and School

By On May 27, 2010

Today we visited with the manager of one of the coop fair trade tea estates that we work with and got a private tour of the school. This school  was built by… Read More