Freshly-Harvested 2020 Spring Tea Arrivals

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As of May 22, 2020 things look good for another great tea year, although the Coronavirus Pandemic is causing shipping difficulties right now (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 spring harvests.

We are happy to report that Tea Trekker has many 1st Flush Darjeeling black teas and Pre-Qing Ming Spring Green Teas that have been packed and shipped out and are en route to us. We have actually sold out of the first shipment of one of the Darjeelings (more is on its way!) and several of the Spring Green teas are low already.  The main shipments of these teas will take longer than usual to arrive to us, due to the lack of airplanes flying today, but they will get here when they can, and that will be very exciting.

It is a bit like the ‘old days’ for us (pre 2003) when these spring-harvest teas normally arrived in the autumn, 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 and June, and we are still in the middle part of that period.

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

The Indian govt. has started to allow a limited return to work, including tea workers in the gardens to pluck and process leaf again following strict reductions in staffing.  The workforce is being limited to 50% of its normal size, in order to provide personal separation, which is excellent, and we applaud this workable concept.

In China, picking and leaf processing has been happening pretty much on schedule, as the tea areas have not had problems with the pandemic (other than Hubei Province, of course!)

The exquisite Pre-Qing Ming teas (mostly green, but a few black teas nowadays) that we source every year have ended their harvest with the April 5th marker, and were followed quickly by the delicious Yu Qian harvest, which ended on the 20th of April; now the full, major tea season can really take off!

 – LINK TO OUR UPDATE ON THE 2020 TEA SEASON –

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 – 2020 Spring Tea First Impressions –

 The tea gardens in most places in China are bustling with activity right this minute, and the harvested tea is being manufactured into glorious 2020 tea that is being shipped to us by a variety of methods to move it here as quickly as possible.

The gardens in South Asia in general are mostly quiet right now, but picking will be allowed again soon, so the gardens in Northern India and Nepal will be producing tea on a limited basis.

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

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.

 – 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. Our hope is that the later harvests will not be as severely affected, such as the Japanese greens and Taiwan spring oolongs. Much will depend on the need for cargo space for PPE and other critical supplies that are more important than tea.

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 you click on a size choice and the 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. 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 will drop out of the active section 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
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