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Produced by the zhenyuandongsacoop_farmerbadge  Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers’ Cooperative

The Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers’ Cooperative brings together several families and craftsman across the stretches of wild tea forest in the Qianjiazhai region of Mt. Ailo National Forest Preserve. Members of the cooperative work together to preserve the old tea trees (alongside native wild near-relatives like Camellia Crassicolumna) and to share knowledge and techniques.

This sample pack is a chance to try the offerings of the cooperative and gain a better understanding of the taste of the region.It includes a range of Qianjiazhai teas from the Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers’ Cooperative, from traditional black teas to new and aged old tree pu’er..



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Taste the Dongsa Cooperative’s Collection

This sampler is a chance to see a wide range of wild-picked teas from several families in the cooperative. These four teas represent their most classic harvests of the year, picked from younger trees between one hundred and three hundred years old.

The sampler includes their Hand Fired Black Tea, the 2016 Gu Hua Sheng, the 2014 Gong Ting Shu, and the 2014 Shu Pu’er Nuggets.

There is enough tea included to brew each selection five times, giving you a chance to explore different brewing methods and get to know Qianjiazhai.

Four 25g bags of loose leaf tea are included for a total of 3.53 ounces (100g.) of tea or 15 brewing sessions.




Master Zhou is still experimenting with other farmers in Qianjiazhai to produce new black tea offerings each year. The cooperative started with simple oxidized and sun dried black tea without any processing. In 2016, they were excited to introduce wok-roasted hand finished black tea. The application of heat makes this more closely related to other Yunnan Black, and indeed it shares a rich sweet potato thickness similar to our Yunnan Golden Fleece, but with Qianjiazhai’s signature tulsi complexity and touches of citrus, and florals. Anybody who loves black tea will love this wild complex black tea offering from the Dongsa Cooperative.




The cooperative’s Gu Hua harvest is a careful blend of maocha from trees aged between one hundred and three hundred years old, picked for a balanced and rich full body and aroma. Gu Hua is the very early autumn harvest prized for its rich flavor and intense aroma. Every leaf is hand picked and carefully sun-dried without applying heat or using machinery, for a tea that is fruity with notes of sweet plantain and apricot, vegetal tulsi, and sweet turbinado sugar.




Qianjiazhai Gong Ting Shu Pu’er is still a very new practice, made by one of Master Zhou’s students in the cooperative. Using the giant buds of Qianjiazhai’s wild trees between 100 and three hundred years of age, this tea is carefully and slowly pile fermented to bring out a deep rich sweetness. Master Zhou was so excited by this experiment he is sharing the technique across the cooperative and encourage more members to keep developing the craft.




This shu pu’er tea is a relatively new experiment from one of Master Zhou’s former students, another member of the cooperative. Qianjiazhai one hundred to three hundred year wild-picked leaves and buds are pile-fermented until they clump together in tight balls in the heat. The balls ferment and age differently than loose tea and yield a rich vanillaheavy flavor that is impossible to steep out.


Tasting Recommendations


The Dongsa Cooperative recommends using a gaiwan to brew their teas for the truest flavor. Use 5g of leaf per 5-6oz of water and 200° F water, and steep for ten seconds.

Use freshly boiled spring water whenever possible. Feel free to experiment with higher leaf-to-water ratios, especially with younger sheng pu’er, emphasizing their intense aroma and fruity flavors. If you plan to store these teas and taste them over several years, keep them away from direct sunlight and apart from strong aromas and excess moisture.

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