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Matthew Stedman writes regular articles on business and branding, with a particular interest in the maturation of China's tea industry.

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The Precarity of Tea Town

In the West, specialist sellers choose to distribute themselves evenly across the city, trying to become someone’s “local”. But,...

Too Good to Drink?

It’s much easier to get maple syrup these days. Canadian president Justin Trudeau just announced the construction of a new pipeline to export it...
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Sea Tea from the Mountains of Qingdao

Let me tell you about this green tea I’m drinking. Laoshan tea (崂山茶), from Qingdao. It’s all a bit of a mystery. But, as...
Loaded Drinks

Loaded Drinks

We can never borrow each other’s mouths. I will never know what it means to taste the way you do, nor you me. Then again,...
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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...
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