The Great Tea Alchemists: Craftsmanship of Tea Production

  • 11 August, 2018
  • John Van Trieste
Curious John

Taiwan's tea masters are magicians, alchemists who, through a perfectly controlled process, take some simple leaves and turn them into perfection. That's the idea behind "The Great Tea Alchemists: Craftsmanship of Tea Production in Taiwan", an exhibit stretching over most of this year at the Pinglin Tea Museum. If there’s a place in Taiwan where people know what it means to be a tea master, it’s the museum's home, the Pinglin District. There in the mountains outside of Taipei, the majority of the population- over 80%- works in the tea business, cultivating, but also treating and fermenting the tea themselves. Many also sell their own product. Here for a look behind the scenes at the magic of Taiwan's tea alchemists is Ms. Liu, director of the museum.