The tea forest

A century-old complexity

Our forests are located on mountain Nannuo and Lunan/Pasha, in southwest Yunnan, China, nearby the boundary with Myanmar and Laos. We interfere as little as possible with the growth of our trees. This is the reason we call ourselves the tea forest keepers rather than farmers.

The landscape varies from the great Mekong river to the height of the mountains that surround it. This rare mix of micro-climates allows a surprising number of floral species to grow in thousands of acres of rainforest that still survive, untouched and unspoiled, in spite of the huge threats from aggressive cultures such as rubber trees and banana trees, and industrialisation.

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In Nannuo and Lunan/Pasha mountain, Yunnan, China.
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Between 1700 and 1850 meters asl, with about 150 days/year of fog and daylight change.


Among the 50.000 ca. trees that grows in our forest, 300 of them are particularly old, and are called ancient trees.


of the forest is occupied by our tea trees: the rest is pure, untouched mountain forest.

The environment surrounding our trees is extremely complex and rich, nourishing the tea trees and allowing them to develop the best tasting teas.

generations of masters

Our production is entirely supervised by Yan Kunli, that was born and raised on Nannuo mountain, and in 2007 won the Pu'er Shengpu producer competition for the highest Shaqing skills, among all the Hani minority in Yunnan.
He is the master in his craft, and we are proud to have him with us.

Century-old flavors

Ancient tea trees

About 300 of our tea trees are especially old, and they are called “Ancient Trees”, gǔshù 古树 in Chinese.
They are 200-500 years old and their buds grow slowly, with a superior minerals and nourishment.
In spite of their cultural and environmental importance, and the excellent tea they produce, they are still in danger. They are a protected species.

大叶 Daye, Big-Leaf tea trees

All of our tea trees are the “Big Leaf” variety, Daye  大叶 in Chinese.

"I grew up in a forest. It's like a room. It's protected. Like a cathedral... it is a place between heaven and earth."

Anselm Kiefer

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Nannuo mountain,
Shitou Laozhai


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We host travels all year long in our Yunnan, with seasonal tours around the best Chinese tea terroirs.

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