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Qiyi’s hands

He didn’t ask us to meet him at his home on the hill, but it was clear that such a journey was necessary when working with Qiyi. The wonders that he creates are to be touched with both hands and lips in order to be appreciated. Similarly, one must be in Qiyi’s proximity in order to understand his introverted personality. Our choice was made. We packed our bags and made the journey. We were first introduced to Qiyi a couple of years ago when he and his wife published a photobook. It featured their year-long journey around China sleeping, eating, and doing laundry in their car. They had one aim: to visit all the artisans possible—looking at and learning from...

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Hints of Rainy Season

On the heights of our ancient trees. On the heights of our ancient trees rain is falling, right now. The wet season follows months of dryness, during which the tea trees grows very slowly, retaining the maximum amount of minerals and nutrients possible. We picked up the dry-season buds to make the Spring Tea, the most precious product of the Yunnan mountains, and we now leave the forest to rest and to flourish again under the passing clouds, by far among the richest in colors on Earth. Nature is thriving. Nature is thriving and the trees are flourishing again; the buds grow fast, new leaves are born on the old branches. We can see it day by day, how quickly the rainforest takes back its place. We do not touch the...

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Hints of Rainy Season

On the heights of our ancient trees. On the heights of our ancient trees rain is falling, right now. The wet season follows months of dryness, during which the tea trees grows very slowly, retaining the maximum amount of minerals and nutrients possible. We picked up the dry-season buds to make the Spring Tea, the most precious product of the Yunnan mountains, and we now leave the forest to rest and to flourish again under the passing clouds, by far among the richest in colors on Earth. Nature is thriving. Nature is thriving and the trees are flourishing again; the buds grow fast, new leaves are born on the old branches. We can see it day by day, how quickly the rainforest takes back its place. We do not touch the...

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The Tea Taster Traveling Set

Traveling with loose leaf tea, and being able to prepare it properly anywhere: at your friends house, in your hotel room, during a picnic, or to taste the freshly produced tea directly in the plantation. This portable set has been designed by Zens. We bought it in a design shop in Milano, but there is no trace of it in any updated catalogue and we think we have caught one of the last ones … We love the leather case, similar to an old binoculars case, with the brand Zeiss or Leica printed in it, ready to be posed on a table, or on the grass, opened and set up as a proper tea set. There is everything you may need,...

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Eastern Leaves for Bocconi Alumni Global Conference 2016

Eastern Leaves has been the proud technical partner of the Bocconi Alumni Global Conference 2016, at the Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai, March 10-11th 2016. We prepared a tailor made gift box designed for the event: our Ancient Tea Trees White Tea wrapped in a high-quality paper box, personalized with the client logo. It also contains a leaflet, personalized as well with logos, event specific text and tea introduction. We often hold open events and tastings where we meet people that are not into tea (not yet!), like it was for the thousands visitors during the Beijing Design Week, and to share our leaves, something we dedicate the totality of our time and energies, is the highest satisfaction. In this case, to...

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