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  • Did Queen Elizabeth drink Yunnan black tea?

    In 1986, Queen Elizabeth II visited China for six days beginning October 12. The Queen made a stop in Kunming — an appearance remembered by every Spring City resident alive at the time, but today little-known outside of Yunnan. On March 4, 2015, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, came to Yunnan. This was the second visit to Yunnan by members of the Royal Family over 30 years since Queen Elizabeth II visited Yunnan in 1986. During the period, Premium Gongfu Yunnan black tea, a symbol of friendship between Yunnan and the UK, was given as a national gift by Prince William to the Queen. This is the second time the Queen has received Yunnan black tea after 1986. In 1958, Premium Gongfu was auctioned at the highest price in London, England, and was determined by the State Council of China as the "Foreign Affairs Ceremony Tea". This was considered the highest level of domestic black tea at that time and is a best-selling product even in the current market. In December 2014, this ancient "Dianhong making technique" was included in the list of representative items of national intangible cultural heritage. When Queen Elizabeth came to Yunnan in 1986, she focused on the plants of Yunnan, and a particular highlight of Prince William’s visit in 2015 was a focus on the animals of Yunnan. He reviewed elephant protection measures in Xishuangbanna. At 5:50 pm on October 16, 1986, The Queen's private plane with the Royal Standards landed at the airport. The Queen and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, came to Kunming for the first time after visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an. According to data, more than 1,500 people wearing 24 ethnic minority groups’ costumes played cheerful folk music and waved bouquets and ribbons in their hands to welcome their arrival. On the second day, the group visited the Western Hills Scenic Area. The Queen climbed to the Sanqing Pavilion in Western Hills, which she said it looked like a "tower in the sky", from there is a clear view of Lake Dian and a scenic view of Kunming, also known as Spring City. While she was there and enjoyed a cup of Yunnan Pu'er tea. At noon, The Queen took the Longmen Yacht to visit Lake Dian and travelled to Daguan Park along the waterway. After disembarking, they walked along the stone bridge to the core area of Jinhuapu. In the flowerbeds, three roses specially brought from the Royal Botanical Gardens were planted. After that, The Queen and her party visited an exhibition of the ethnic-cultural relics at the Yunnan Nationalities University and watched the ethnic minority inspired dance performed by the students. The Nationalities Institute presented The Queen with a set of Bai women's costumes and presented a Hulusi, a traditional ethnic wind instrument, to Prince Philip. At the banquet that evening, The Queen delivered a speech: "The Prince and I had a very pleasant day. Yunnan has its characteristics, which is fascinating and unforgettable." Drink like The Queen with our Classic Gongfu, which can be served with milk and sugar.

  • How to compost your tea at home?

    At YUYUN we’re all about making your tea go further, in this article we’re looking into composting. Like saving the bones for a good stock or saving the seeds to plant your own veg at home, composting at home is that little extra step you can take to help your garden come to life. We spoke to composting expert and local gardener Tim Hewitt for some advice on how to properly compost our tea and some good signs to look for. There’s a lot to go over so we’re going to stick to the fundamentals. What is compost? Compost is made by decomposing organic materials, thereby recycling what would be considered waste products. Once you get going it’s very easy to maintain, it simply needs a turn 2-3 times a week and you should start to see your hard-earned compost after 8-12 months, better put the kettle on. COMPOST FACT: a common misconception is that home composts attract rodents, farther it's a telling sign that there's something funky with your heap! The Vast majority of compost needs about a 1:1 weight ratio of nitrogen and carbon often referred to as “greens” and “browns”, “green’s” hence the name are green but can be various colours, these would be your fruit and vegetable scraps, tea, coffee, leaves and grass. “Brown’s” are typically brown and dry such as paper, tissue, cardboard, twigs, paper, pretty much the rest of the tea box*. *Remove stickers and anything with ink before composting, if you’re unsure you can always put them in your paper & cardboard recycling! What is healthy compost? Other than your nitrogen and carbon, there are also wet and dry factors, too dry and it can kill the life in your heap, too wet and it can create anaerobic conditions (meaning without oxygen), and your compost needs oxygen to decompose. To describe the perfect balance of wet and dry, it's like a sponge, it should be able to take on water easily, yet be able to hold it. In terms of consistency, you shouldn’t be able to form a mud ball, rather, it should be crumbly and soft. Healthy compost will be dark in colour, should work fast, and be odourless. “The compost should drain well yet also absorb moisture”, this might sound contradictory, but take an example of when your compost is in a plant pot, it should take in and absorb moisture from the rain, but also hold and allow your plant to absorb the water and minerals it needs. Temperature is another good sign that your compost is working well, and better results happen when you stay consistent with turning the compost. While it should start off as quite moderate it will eventually go into the Thermophilic phase, where temperatures can reach 50-60°C. From simple wooden structures to compost bins that have a rotating function. There are many different ways to collect compost, you can even get little compost caddies for your kitchen to collect the tea leaves for the week. When you find the time make sure you pay your nearest garden store a visit and pick the best for your size garden and budget. *Remove stickers and anything with ink before composting, if you’re unsure you can always put them in your paper & cardboard recycling! For horticultural events and volunteering opportunities across the London Borough of Waltham Forest, check out Forest Flora. If you found this content interesting and haven't already subscribed then now's your chance! Get 10% off your first order, weekly blog notifications, and the latest and exclusive discounts! Additionally, please tag us at either @yuyunteashop, @yuyunyunnanofficial, or /yuyunyunnanuk for your chance to get featured on our social media networks!

  • How many cups of tea a day is too much?

    At YUYUN it's no surprise that we love a good cup of tea, but like all things to an extent too much of a good thing can become excessive, but what is too much? Let's start with some tea facts. Brits drink 100 million cups of tea daily, 98% of people take their tea with milk, but only 30% take sugar in tea. The average amount of tea per day on this 2019 Statista report shows 68% of participants had 3 more cups a day, other studies have said 3-4 and further have pointed to 4-5. How many cups of tea a day do you have? A lot of the health benefits of tea depending on how long you brew it for, in simple terms, the stronger you brew, the more benefits you get, but there are some side effects. What is healthy? If you're unsure about how much you should be consuming talk to your doctor or dietitian. Most have heard about the effects of caffeine, your morning booster can help increase metabolism yet it has a few strings attached, while it can increase productivity you need to watch how much you are consuming if you want to avoid increased anxiety, stress, and sleep deprivation. That being said tea contains nearly half as much caffeine as coffee, and as long as you know your limits, it can be controlled. The daily limit for caffeine is about 400mg, but other studies have pointed to 200mg is a safe amount, a 330ml cup of black tea made with a teabag contains about 65mg of caffeine but this can go up to 125mg, by comparison, green tea 28mg - 63mg (330ml). There are beneficial properties to tea, but however good they may be, there's always someone who eventually proves there is in fact, a limit; like a 56-year-old U.S. man, whose approximate daily 16 9oz cup (4,258 ml) iced tea-drinking habit lead him to kidney failure due to dangerously high levels of oxalate. Calcium Oxalate is compound within kidney stones, and in excessive amounts, oxalate can build up an imbalance within your body. Oxalate rich foods normally have high amounts of other good nutrition. They include leafy greens and other nutritional foods such as spinach, soy products, potatoes, beetroot, strawberries, and nuts. But generally, we don’t consume tea like we do other food. Taking oxalate and caffeine into consideration, this study suggests 50-60mg of should be our daily limit. If you have a good diet then you can have up to 100mg a day. While this study might suggest we have at max 5-6 cups of tea, this study uses black tea bags, when compared to loose leaf tea, brew a lot faster, leaving you with a very strong brew after 5 minutes. A bonus note, according to this study, if you drink tea with milk, the milk molecules can bind to the oxalates and not be absorbed, hooray for milk tea! Tannins are compounds in tea that bind to iron in certain foods, making it unable to be absorbed. Products that contain tannins are Tea, coffee, wine and chocolate. Green tea is known as a 'negative calories’ as it has these iron-binding properties which stop certain nutrition from being absorbed in the stomach. It’s suggested that tannins act like other polyphenols, and help prevent disease by providing antioxidant benefits. What does that mean? Do not fret, loose leaf tea like our Golden Tip is significantly better, this study on loose black tea in Iran showed how brewing time can affect oxalates; 4.4 mg/240 ml for the 5 min to 6.3 mg/240 ml for 60 minutes. The average British mug is 330ml, at 5 minutes brewing, that’s 6.05mg per mug, therefore the absolute max you should be drinking is 8-9 mugs, or 5-6 mugs if you like to brew your tea for an hour, and that’s without adding milk. What can we do? If you love tea but are worried about the health impacts then learn to control your brew, loose leaf tea takes longer to steep and you can easily stop and restart the process. This means if you feel like a lighter tea you can put less tea, or brew it for a shorter time. These studies focus on quick brew tea bags and powdered black tea. We can reason that our loose leaf black tea is better because it takes longer to infuse, naturally contains fewer tannins than other black tea, and because we can follow this one tip: repeat infusions. Infuse and reinfuse! Using the same tea leaves, you can effectively brew up to several more cups depending on how long you infuse it for. We take a teapot and put a day's worth of tea inside, the first brew is the strongest and gets lighter throughout the day. In the morning you can brew it slightly stronger, it helps you wake up, warm up, rehydrates and soothes that morning dry throat. In the afternoon you may have a cup of tea for that boost of energy and a bit of comfort, but making a slightly lighter will allow you to keep going without the burnout. A warm drink before bed can help sleep, making the lightest tea with leftovers of the day, you can add in some other botanicals like safflower and marigold petals, or dried fruits like dried apricot and add in some honey, get creative with it! As we mentioned before, green tea contains less of everything yet sustains the beneficial antioxidants, check out our Midsummer Dream (Yunnan Green tea). If you found this content interesting and haven't already subscribed then now's your chance! Get 10% off your first order, weekly blog notifications, and the latest and exclusive discounts!

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    YUYUN YUNNAN YUYUN YUNNAN LIMITED was founded in Summer 2020 by two young tea lovers in London, UK. Zora, spending time in London as a student fell in love with British tea culture, meeting Michael in return fell in love with Chinese tea culture, the two of them joined together to combine these ideas and cultures, with the ultimate goal to make the unique and traditional Chinese tea tastes accessible to the British market. ​ In Chinese, 'YUYUN' means a pleasant lingering effect, and aftertaste of a good tea. China is the birthplace of tea, and Yunnan is the hometown of unique tea trees, where the fertile land and moderate climate are naturally high quality for the cultivation of some of the finest tea in China. ​ There are tea companies all over the UK. What makes us different from other tea companies? We are a small company that has a deep connection to Yunnan, with the dedication to one area, we offer a higher and more refined tea to our customers. ​ We strive to bring new tastes to our consumers, not only in flavour but also in culture, we want more people to adopt loose tea as the standard, and to try and rebrand tea-time as a more meditative and social experience, an appreciation of the little things in life. We invite you to join us on this wonderful tea journey. Put the kettle on, 'YUYUN' is on the way! Meet The Team Zora Pu Managing Director Social Media Manager Zora is an authentic Yunnan girl. She grew up in a family that loves Yunnan tea very much. Under the influence of her family, since childhood, she has a deep interest in Yunnan's ethnic minorities' tea culture. ​ She has obtained two master's degrees in the field of media from the University of Leeds and Goldsmith College. While studying in the UK, she discovered a country rich in tea culture, but she missed the tea culture from her hometown, with this hardship she found her niche and decided she should bring a piece of Yunnan to the UK herself. ​ Two years of working in the brand operation and sales, as well as years of studying media, have given her the ability and have strengthened her idea to start a tea business. Michael Butler Commercial Director Business Development Manager A native to London, Michael was brought up knowing the joys of a good cup of tea. While he always appreciated Chinese tea he didn't know how good it could get until he met Zora. ​ He obtained a bachelor's from UAL in Graphic Design and followed his own path using his skills in different fields, working in hospitality he understands the basics of running a food business, learnt the ability to understand and cater to the customer and through various jobs he has developed enough soft skills to make a baby seal envious. ​ During Summer, after being introduced to Yunnanese tea, he started experimenting with flavours and he discovered how good Dianhong is in Iced Tea. There's good, and then there's great. You can sell great. Wendy Wang (based in China) Supply Chain Manager Wendy, graduated from Yunnan College of Tourism Vocation, the only college-level, public full-time vocational college in Yunnan Province, with a Hotel Management degree in 1990. ​ During her years of study, she visited various places in Yunnan, including various ethnic minority gathering places, she learned about their tea-drinking customs and history. Even after working in Xiamen, she often returned to visit tea friends in Yunnan. ​ With more than 20 years of knowledge. In 2013, she opened her first tea shop in Xiamen, which specialises in tea from Yunnan. In 2016, she opened a second tea shop in Jiaxing, Zhejiang. onsidered a specialist in Yunnan tea, s She is c he has been frequently invited as a lecturer to promote and train tea-related knowledge. ​ ​

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