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August Moon Tea aims to bring the fresh air and sunshine from the tea field to our tea ceremony and create a peaceful and exquisite ambience for all of you.

Tea not only brings people closer but also helps us to reconnect with ourselves. It’s a natural elixir for our souls.

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A Quiet Love from Shu Puer Tea

It’s quiet, yet, it’s also warming. It’s plain. But when you take the time to enjoy it, it’s so sophisticated with great depth in the flavours and aromas. Yet, it’s so simple that it takes away all the stress. It brings peace to you.

I can’t think of any other tea as comforting as fermented puer tea. You don’t need to love it at the beginning. It loves you, unconditionally. It grows on you, gradually. 

Coming from the deep forest in Yunnan Province, Puer tea is unique, in various aspects. It is so special that it might not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea. 

At the early stage of my tea journey, when I was so drawn into oolong tea and red tea, the quiet, almost plain flavour of fermented puer tea didn’t catch my heart at all. For me, it was nothing but boring. It was so earthy that it always reminded me of rotten furniture in an ancient house.

The colour of fermented puer tea is beautiful

Over the years, after tasting so many different teas, I learned to appreciate the flavour of fermented puer tea. It’s possibly not the most amazing tea to try, but it is a tea for every day. It’s so calming and comforting. It’s quiet, yet, it’s also warming. It’s plain. But when you take the time to enjoy it, it’s so sophisticated with great depth in the flavours and aromas. Yet, it’s so simple that it takes away all the stress. It brings peace to you. Slowly, I started to like it and love it. It is one of the must-to-have teas in my tea collection. 

Pu’er traditionally begins as a raw product known as “rough” máochá (毛茶) and can be sold in this form or pressed into a number of shapes and sold as “raw” shēngchá (生茶). Both of these forms then undergo the complex process of gradual fermentation and maturation with time. The Wodui (渥堆) fermentation process developed in 1973 by the Kunming Tea Factory created a new type of puer tea. This process involves an accelerated fermentation into “ripe” Shucha (熟茶) which is then stored loose or pressed into various shapes. The fermentation process was adopted at the Menghai Tea Factory shortly after and technically developed there.

The tea for January is a fermented Puer tea from 2004. It is a great option for the post-festive time when we feel a bit guilty for having too much naughty food. Puer tea contains high levels of polyphenols (flavonoids, catechins and theaflavin), which are known for their antioxidant activity. These powerful chemicals speed up fat burning as well as reduce stress and heavy metal consumption due to the cell repair compounds found within. The theanine and flavonoids found within Puer just so happen to aid in digestion after meals by acting as a sponge and accelerator for fat burning. 

We all need the unconditional love from a cup of Puer tea to enjoy the simplicity of life.

Check this tea out at https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/2004-aged-puer-tea-brick/

Dry Tea Leaf of 2004 Aged Puer Tea
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TaoTeChing, Lao-Tzu Day 10

Can you balance your life force
And embrace the One without separation?

Jasmin Green Tea smallCan you control your breath gently like a baby?
Can you clarify your dark vision without blemish?
Can you live people and govern the country without knowledge?

Can you open and close the gate of heaven without climbing to earth?
Can you brighten the four deductions without action? Give birth and cultivate.Give birth and do not possess. Act without dependence. Excel but do not rule. This is called dark Te.

载营魄抱一,能无离乎?专气致柔,能如婴儿乎?涤除玄览,能无疵乎?爱民治国,能无为乎?天门开阖,能为雌乎?明白四达,能无知乎?生之、畜之、生而不 有,为而不恃,长而不宰,是谓玄德。

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TaoTeChing, Lao-Tzu Day 9

Hold and fill it–
Not as good as stopping in time.
Measure and pound it– It will not long survive.

DSC01228smallWhen gold and jade fill the hall,
They cannot be guarded.

Riches and pride
Bequeath error.
Withdrawing when work is done: Heaven’s Tao.
持而盈之,不如其已;
揣而銳之,不可長保。
金玉滿堂,莫之能守;
富貴而驕,自遺其咎。
功遂身退,天之道也。

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TaoTeChing, LaoTzu Day 8

IMG_1081smallBest to be like water,
Which benefits the ten thousand thins
And does not contend.
It pools where humans disdain to dwell,
Close to the Tao. Live in a good place. Keep your mind deep. Treat others we. Stand by your word. Make fair rules. Do the right things. Work when it’s time. Only do not contend,
And you will not go wrong.
水善利万物而不争,处众人之所恶,故几于道。居,善地;
心,善渊;与,善仁;言,善信;政,善治;事,善能;动,
善时。夫唯不争,故无尤。

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TaoTeChing, LaoTzu Day 7

Heaven is long,
Earth is enduring.
Long and enduring
Because they do not exist for themselves.
Therefore the Sage Steps back, but in always in front, Stays outside, but is always within.
No self-interest?

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天長地久。
天地之所以能長且久者,以其不自生,故能長生。

是以聖人後其身而身先,外其身而身存。
非以其無私邪?故能成其私

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