If you are familiar with our small tea company, you may know that we practice Face to Farmer Sourcing™ whenever possible. We absolutely LOVE this approach because small-family producers make the best teas in the world in the most amazing places and they deserve our business and our respect. It's really the only way to do it in our opinion.
When I first got into teas many years ago, any random tea that came across my tea table was immediately under scrutiny. I want to know what I'm drinking and I'm sure there are many people like me. So game on! BTTC discloses the location of the farm, the elevation that tea is grown at and which harvest it is - with the full knowledge that each tea is single-origin, single-crop and small-batch. It's great that you get great tea and the people who put in the real vision and sweat into making this a reality get paid directly and fairly. Right?
BUT you also know that when a crop is sold, it's gone for good. In a manner of speaking, our stock is empty when the field is empty. You might think of us as a farmers market stand representing the teas of several farmers. Each farmer picks, produces and sells their crop one at a time. There are no warehouses where teas sit for years and is mixed with other crops as in many larger enterprises.
The good news is that you don't have to wait long for the next crop. Most High Mountain Oolongs are picked twice per year. The SPRING crop is picked usually in April and the WINTER crop is picked usually in November depending on the weather. However, certain teas only come ONCE per year though including the "bug bitten" teas like Asian Beauty, Honey Oolong and Honey Black. Twisted Green is another that is only once per year because it's made only of the early Spring young buds/leaves. Drink this one fresh!
Now, for Pu-erh tea cakes, we are dealing with very rare teas in many cases and when those are gone from the site, they are mostly gone for good because when I'm lucky enough to source them, the stockpiles are just not very deep. If you like a sample and you have the money at the time, BUY IT. You will enjoy it for years to come.
I hope this helps explain why we have several SOLD OUT signs up right now. We are RIGHT between Winter and Spring crops. As of this writing on April 17th, we should have Spring teas in just a few weeks. Our Twisted Green should be here shortly. Thanks for your patience!
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