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A Tea Master’s Wisdom

by Renco Verhoef |

A Tea Master’s wisdom

Teazaar is proud to share stories of each tea master that is behind the delicious teas listed on its platform. This one is a personal story about how I met the wonderful Tea Master Ye and found out that he always had what I was looking for many years.

I never realized how important traditions are until I met Tea Master Ye.

I always imagine him like a big old oak tree, full of wisdom and perseverance. Why?

Because for decades, Mister Ye has been following the natural way of growing and cultivating tea through handmade processing and biodiverse tea growing. What’s more is that he seems to be the only one now who is doing it the conventional way, since all his neighbors have not only switched to modern ways of growing tea but are constantly reminding Mister Ye how much more money he can earn if he uses fertilizers or pesticides.

But Tea master Ye is a man of tradition. He is not concerned with yield increase or profits but with the taste and aroma of natural tea. And what I loved most about him is that he has never doubted himself for not using modern techniques of tea farming. He has remained steadfast against increasing pressure from his peers to use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. He knew these practices were wrong, stopped himself from letting money getting into his brands and suffered economically and psychologically.

Imagine meeting your colleagues and friends every day who think you are unwise for not using the latest techniques, continuously calling you stupid, with no single colleague helping you out. The pressure Mister Ye has had to endure for decades is unthinkable.

He is indeed a man of few words but when you are next to him you will feel what he’s been through.

After years of constant nagging and pressure, it was only recently he was recognized for his talents and patience to adhere to the natural way of tea cultivation. He is a true natural tea master who grows and produces one of the best teas I have sampled.

It was quite heartbreaking for me to learn that when he tried to watch the amazing Road of Tea’s short documentary about him, he kept getting emotional and couldn’t finish until months passed by. So, it was only natural for me to step up and offer Teazaar’s help to him. And you wouldn’t believe how happy he was.

He didn’t say but I knew.

Here was a man who was willing to go boldly in the opposite direction to preserve what he loves, natural tea and willing to help was Teazaar, a platform dedicated towards natural tea drinkers and growers.

Here’s a heartwarming nugget for you – when he wakes up, Mister Ye likes to start the day by checking his tea trees, to check if they are okay. He often sends me pictures of his lush biodiverse tea farm.

Even though I never mentioned it to him, he knows I love nature.

Now both Mister Ye and I have the same problem – whenever I write about him (like this article), I get emotional too. Knowing someone out there is as passionate as I am about everything that is tea, makes me very happy. And knowing that people like Mister Ye are still out there: there is still hope that the tea world will become a perfect place. After all, whenever I find people who are honest, have true feelings and speak less, I know will have great tea.

Zhuangzi

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”

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