Garden to Gaiwan*
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gaiwana lidded brewing vessel

Garden to Gaiwan is Theasophie’s agroforestry farm-to-table ethos of transparency. What does that mean? Our work originates in the subtropical forests of southwest China. This is where indigenous peoples first encountered and began to cultivate the tea tree over two millennia ago. Tea eventually became a trade good, exchanged between upland cultivators and valley dwellers, traveling from the borderlands to Beijing, and making its way around the world.

Our commitment to transparency means meticulous attention at each stage of this journey – beginning with ecology, passing through craft, storage, brewing and appreciation. Our goal is to preserve essence, energy & spirit (jing, qi & shen) within the leaf, ensuring their presence in each infusion, …

… bringing the rarified ecologies of
the tea mountains to your cup.

Pu’er is a perennial substance. The compressed forms of these teas contain the microbiome of their forests of origination. And, like the forest, they are subject to seasonal and climatic variations. A practical means to understanding Pu’er tea as a transformational substance is through the dynamic interplay of yin & yang as heat and moisture, expansion and contraction. In applying the language of Chinese natural science, we open the door to an understanding of the microcosm / macrocosm relationship between the ecological habitat of tea, inner awareness cultivated through practice, and the role of tea in the world.

The following are brief descriptions of our
Five Pillars of Garden to Gaiwan:

Garden to Gaiwan*
*
gaiwana lidded brewing vessel

Garden to Gaiwan is Theasophie’s agroforestry farm-to-table ethos of transparency. What does that mean? Our work expresses a ritual continuity originating in the subtropical agroforestry complex of southwest China. This is where indigenous peoples first encountered and began to cultivate the tea tree nearly two millennia ago. Tea eventually became a trade good, exchanged between upland cultivators and valley dwellers, traveling from the borderlands to Beijing, and making its way around the world.

Our commitment to transparency means meticulous attention at each stage of this journey – proceeding with ecology, passing through craft, storage, brewing and appreciation. Our goal is to preserve essence, energy & spirit (jing, qi & shen) within the leaf, ensuring their presence in each infusion, …

… bringing the rarified ecologies
of
the tea mountains
to your cup.

A practical means to understanding Pu’er tea as a transformational substance is through the dynamic interaction of yin & yang as heat and moisture, expansion and contraction. The compressed forms of these teas contain the microbiome of their forests of origination. And, like the forest, Pu’er tea is a perennial substance, subject to the changing seasons. In applying the language of Chinese natural science, we open the door to understanding the microcosm / macrocosm relationship between the ecological habitat of tea, inner awareness cultivated through practice, and the role of tea in the world.

The following are
brief descriptions of
our Five Pillars:

原生態

ORIGINAL ECOLOGY

Elevation, forest structure, biodiversity, tree habit & age, and climate all contribute to the quality and concentration of active constituents within seasonal leaf flushes.

原生態

ORIGINAL ECOLOGY

Elevation, forest structure, biodiversity, tree habit & age, and climate all contribute to the quality and concentration of active constituents within seasonal leaf flushes.


原生態

ORIGINAL
ECOLOGY

Elevation, forest structure, biodiversity, tree habit and age, and climate all contribute to the relative concentration of active constituents within seasonal leaf flushes, thereby affecting flavor quality.

手藝

CRAFT

Appropriate handling at each stage of the production process, including: plucking, withering, firing, rolling & sun-drying. The resulting material, known as maocha, may then be produced as raw (sheng) or cooked (shou) Pu’er tea.

手藝

CRAFT

Appropriate handling at each stage of the production process, including: plucking, withering, pan-frying, rolling & sun-drying. The resulting material, known as maocha, may then be produced as raw (sheng) or cooked (shou) Pu’er tea.


手藝

CRAFT

Appropriate handling at each stage of the production process, including: plucking, withering, pan-frying, rolling and sun-drying. The resulting material, known as maocha, may then be produced as raw (sheng) or cooked (shou) Pu’er tea.

存放

STORAGE

Storage ensures conditions are suitable for optimal microbial fermentation. Essential factors include appropriate temperature and humidity, airflow, and volume of tea to storage environment. Storage needs may vary throughout the lifecycle of the tea.

存放

STORAGE

Storage ensures conditions are suitable for optimal microbial fermentation. Essential factors include appropriate temperature and humidity, airflow, and volume of tea to storage environment. Storage needs may vary throughout the lifecycle of the tea.


存放

STORAGE

Storage ensures conditions are suitable for optimal microbial fermentation. Essential factors include appropriate temperature and humidity, airflow, and volume of tea to storage environment.

沖泡

BREWING

Brewing is the art of expressing the spirit preserved within the leaf. This involves proper tea ware selection, leaf to volume ratio, sensitivity to water temperature & steeping time. Most importantly, brewing tea requires a calm heart.

Tea is both rustic and refined, as much a simple encounter with the leaf as it is a ritual act capable of attuning our senses to a more subtle awareness.

沖泡

BREWING

Brewing is the art of expressing the spirit preserved within the leaf. This involves proper tea ware selection, leaf to volume ratio, sensitivity to water temperature & steeping time. Most importantly, brewing tea requires a calm heart.

Tea is both rustic and refined, as much a simple encounter with the leaf as it is a ritual act capable of attuning our senses to a more subtle awareness.


沖泡

BREWING

Brewing is the art of expressing the spirit preserved within the leaf. This involves proper tea ware selection, leaf to volume ratio, sensitivity to water temperature
& steeping time.

Tea is both rustic and refined, as much a simple encounter with the leaf as it is a ritual act capable of attuning our perceptions to a more subtle awareness.

品味

APPRECIATION

Appreciation is the practice of withdrawing the senses from the external world and directing them inward into the body. It consists of the following observations: color & viscosity; aroma; palate; throat feel; return sweetness; body feel; qi; yun.

品味

APPRECIATION

Appreciation is the practice of withdrawing the senses from the external world and directing them inward into the body. It consists of the following observations: color & viscosity; aroma; palate; throat feel; return sweetness; body feel; qi; yun.

品味

APPRECIATION

Appreciation is the practice of withdrawing the senses from the external world and directing them inward into the body. It consists of the following observations: color & viscosity; aroma; palate; throat & return; body; qi; yun.