Monday, January 19, 2009

We're Not Ready To Re-Stock Pu'er Tea Until Quality Issues Are Resolved In China.

Did you see the article in the New York Times this weekend about Pu'er tea? Here's the link: The article talks about the price bubble for Pu'er and how the fotunes of Chinese tea growers grew and faded with the price of Pu'er tea.

We used to carry one or two Pu'er teas but stopped after finding erratic pricing and quality problems. When prices went through the roof about two years ago, we found ourselves uncomfortably having to charge our customers prices for tea that we didn't think worth the money. Even though prices are back in line, we are not going to carry Pu'er. The market is flooded with fake Pu'er tea, and even the best tea buyer would be hard pressed to not get taken.

Because the market flooded with poor quality tea, and given that we a small company, we can't risk our customer goodwill on an unreliable product.