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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.

Qingdao Tea

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,...
cherry coffee tea

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...
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