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Coffee Cherry Tea

There are those who love dogs and those who love cats. It’s common to meet fans of either, rarer to find people fond of...

Red or Dead; Teas with a Swagger

I’ve used this column in the past to vent my criticism of the tea sold in China’s supermarkets. Today’s Strainer marks no retreat. ...

Lu’An Gua Pian

瓜子 (guazi) or “Melon Seed” is the name of an online used-car selling platform. It’s an example of how brand conventions...

The Cultural Cringe

No matter how much we enjoy a thing, it’s not enough; our enjoyment seeks validation. Imagine a friend gave us a...

From Green to Red; Tea’s Good & Bad Times

Every tea region in China has seen good times and bad times. Lost decades are not unusual in this business. The tea fields of...

Green Tea B****; A Gigilo’s Unaffected Innocence

There’s an English word that begins with “b”. It literally means “female dog”. Don’t pretend you don’t know it. The word...

Bamboo Salt; the New Green Tea?

In a previous entry for Strainer, we explored the use of green tea as an additive in various processed goods; from skin creams to...

Visiting Anji

The first thing that hits is how inefficient this whole game is. It isn’t quite May as we climb the mountain. Picking only began...

Price Bracketing

From my days selling tea in the UK, some moments stand out in my memory. In one, a lady comes into our shop (a...

Plastic

Delicious, isn’t it? Remember the smell when you unpeeled your first credit card? If you have bought electronics, you will know...
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Feng Shui Masters; The Architecture of China’s Temples

Anyone who has visited more than two temples in China will have noticed that most are architecturally and structurally similar. While the reasoning behind this...