Freshly-Harvested 2020 Spring Tea Arrivals

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As of July 13th, 2020 things look good for another great tea year, although the Coronavirus Pandemic is still causing some shipping difficulties.

The good news is that the season is solid and transport has become much better…except from Nepal, but that will improve in time..

 We actually sold out of the first shipment of one of our Darjeelings but were able to have more shipped to us; and several of the Spring Green teas are low already or have sold out, or are waiting for a second shipment to arrive.  The main shipments of a few of these teas took longer than usual to arrive to us, but most are in stock now or are soon to arrive.

It is a bit like the ‘old days’ for us (mid-1970’s until 2003) when these spring-harvest teas normally arrived by ocean-going vessel, and of course in the real ‘days of old’ (mid-1800’s) when tea started to arrive by clipper ship around the Cape of Good Hope rather than by the normal ‘slow boat’!

– follow this link – for a great read from Smithsonian Magazine:

The important months for tea harvesting are April, May, June, and July…  and we are still in that period.

The Darjeeling 1st Flush harvest was proceeding normally but then needed to go on hiatus for a brief period because most of the Himalaya was under temporary lockdown both for tea garden work and also both domestic and international flights.

We expect more 1st Flush teas soon and the first of the 2nd Flush teas too.

In China, picking and leaf processing has been happening pretty much on schedule, as the tea areas have not had problems with the pandemic. Shipping has been easier recently and should continue to improve.

 – LINK TO OUR UPDATE ON THE 2020 TEA SEASON –

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Stay tuned…and check back to this page regularly between now and August as the ‘Spring’ season works its way from south to north, ending with the more northerly spring harvest arrivals, such as our glorious Japanese teas (these are now in transit to us and should be arriving right on schedule: mid-July).

 – When is the spring tea season?

The vast majority of new teas each year arrive following the initial pluckings of the bud break of China bush Camellia sinensis plants; which means that these newly-harvested spring teas are generally available for purchase from us starting primarily in May and June. We sometimes have the initial handful of First Flush Darjeeling teas and very early Mekong River Valley Chinese teas in late March, but not this year (2020). Most of the early China green teas (the PQM teas) will be as much as a month later to arrive than usual (a few just arrived this week!).

There are many teas that are harvested and arrive during other months of the year (such as the Taiwan winter oolongs), and we post them in a similar fashion.

However they will not appear on this page because they are not Spring tea.

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 – Which teas are the spring teas? –

This section includes green teas from the four classic Chinese Spring Green Tea plucks

(see seasonal tea by country).

It also includes yellow tea, white tea, oolongs, and black tea.

Some specific examples include:
– early harvests of all the types of tea from the various regions of China;
–   early-harvest black teas from the Himalaya:
(Darjeeling, India, and Nepal);
– oolongs and perhaps a black tea from Taiwan;
– and the Shincha, Sencha, & Matcha teas from Japan .

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As always, we will have many unusual teas and limited-quantity seasonal teas for our tea enthusiast customers.

Check this page regularly to notice new arrivals in the listings, and
add teas from this list to your wish-list and shopping cart.

How to use this page

This page is our frequently-updated listing of Tea Trekker’s 2020 freshly-picked spring tea. If a tea is not yet available its listing will be in the lower part of this section and there will be a bulletin of text across the main image of its leaf that will state when the tea is expected, historically.

This is different than the ‘harvest time’ in the tea’s listing, which refers to when the leaf is traditionally expected to be plucked from the bush – it is generally 3-4 weeks from plucking date to arrival here. There are varying influences on the pluck time, and necessary time delays between the leaf plucking and our receipt of the finished tea (depending on the type of tea, location of the garden, amount of paperwork required to have it released, time in transit, etc).

Also, if there is only one size choice and when you click on it an Out of Stock notice appears in red, that is because it has not arrived yet.

We update the expected arrival (the text across the image) when a tea is confirmed to be on its way to us, by noting that the tea is In Transit to Us. This normally means that the tea is about a week away from being purchasable.

When a tea arrives at Tea Trekker it is posted up for sale, and is available for purchase. At that time its listing will move up into the upper portion of the section. The selection of sizes that are available will be listed for the tea, along with the price for each size. At that time clicking on a size button will activate the Add to Cart button and then clicking on that button will submit the selected package size into your cart. The page will refresh so that you will know that the item has been added to your shopping cart.

Later in the season, when a tea becomes unavailable again, we notate that too, and its listing will drop out of the active group in the top section of the listings, and goes back into the section of Sold Out teas at the bottom of the listings and we will mark it ‘Sold Out for 2020

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Following are the 2020 Fresh Spring Tea Arrivals
in alphabetical order –