Q How has tea farming changed over the years?
A"Our Phoenix area is very traditional and backword to be honest. As a result there is not much changes in planting and picking during so many years except one thing the organic thought. We never use pesticide is not because we know it is unhealthy. But we were too poor to use it. But now we have leant a lot about the healthy organic idea. We are trying the best to develop our tea field to become an organic one. Which is a modern idea for us. We are excited that thanks for not using pesticide, teas from our tea gardens are in line with EU rules which is tested by our Eropean and Japanese customers. We have applied for the organic certificate in China last year. And hope we could apply an international one soon."
Q What do you think makes your tea more unique or better than others?
A"Of course it is the special ideal area here in Phoenix. Phoenix dancong is famous for its special flower flavor in China and abord. The special taste is only from our beautiful Phoenix mountain."
Q What makes the difference between a successful and unsuccessful harvest?
A"The weather and experience are very important."
Q Do you exchange growing secrets with other local farmers?
Q Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
A"The best idea is to use gongfu gaiwan teaset. We normally brew the teas with Gaiwan instead of teapot due to the long dan cong leaves. Besides, if possible use our mountain spring water. If not mineral water is better than tap water."
Q What is your favorite tea to drink and why?
A"Of course our Phoenix dancong. Whenever I have time after working, I will enjoy the teas with gongfu gaiwan with friends and faimlies. It is great to have a cup of tea which comes from my own hard working. Besides you could not find any fat people in our area including chaozhou and shantou near us. Because everyone drinks dancong. It is extremely good to drink after a big feast."
Q If you had any advice to give western tea drinkers, what would it be?
A"Dancong is a very special tea in China which only can be produced in Phoenix. The quantity is not big but the quality is good. Drink it very often, it can keep you fit and bring happiness with the traditional gaiwan."
Q What does this project & contribution mean to you?
A"I am very happy that people outside China can drink my tea. It will absolutly stimulate me to work harder and make better teas."
Q What would be the main benefit of receiving this donation?
A"I hope I can repair my factory as they are very old."