Freshly-Harvested 2020 Spring Tea Arrivals


As of April 3, 2020 things look good for another great tea year, although the Coronavirus pandemic is causing shipping difficulties right now (early Spring 2020).

The good news is that the season is not really ‘late’ yet, as we are well within the range of ‘normal’ for the few early spring harvests.

The important months for tea harvesting are April, May and June, and they are still ahead of us.
Very little tea is harvested prior to mid-April, so the season is still really right on schedule.

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

Soon the exquisite Pre-Qing Ming teas (mostly green) that we source every year will be ending their harvest, to be followed quickly by the delicious Yu Qian harvest, and then the full season will really take off!



 – 2020 Spring Tea First Impressions –

 The gardens most places in China are bustling with activity right this minute, and the harvested tea is being manufactured into glorious 2020 tea that will be carefully stored so that it can be shipped to us as soon as modes of transportation are moving again.

We would expect that sometime in April, and continuing into May, shipping will become easier and more normal.

The new teas that we have sampled, ordered, paid for (in most cases),  will be on its way to us so that we can enjoy fabulous tea for another year.

The gardens in South Asia are mostly quiet right now, but we are hoping that because there is generally no sign of Covid-19 there that picking will be allowed again soon.

There are also many teas that are traditionally not even harvested until several months from now, so they may end up being right on schedule, let’s hope!

Stay tuned…and check back to this page regularly from late March (for the earliest arrivals) through August (for the last of the more northerly spring harvest arrivals, such as our delicious green teas from Japan and wonderful oolongs from Taiwan).

 – 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). A few early China green teas (the PQM teas) will hopefully arrive in late April (if shipping is possible). Our hope is that the later harvests will not be as severely affected, such as the Japanese greens and Taiwan spring oolongs, which are still dormant.

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.


 – 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 .

 – and

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 you click on a size choice, the Out of Stock notice will appear in red, 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. 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 the 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 drops out of the active section in the top section of the listings, and goes back into the section of Out of Stock/Sold Out teas at the bottom of the listings (and we mark it either Out of Stock (temporary, but more is on the way) or Sold Out (if it has come and gone for the season or year).

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