Who is UMTEA？ Let me tell from one trip started because of the tea. As I love tea, the thought to visit the origin place of the tea globally has been lingering in my mind. There is always a sense of indescribable missing if I could not personally go to the tea-mountains, fincas and farms heard from others. After the whole year, we gathered the information, planned the route of travel and contacted the local guide. During the period from March 2008 to September 2013, I always had the free and true feeling on the road. Over the years, we have been to many countries and met a lot of people who work on the land. We stayed together with the teamen and orchardmen who had worked on the tea garden and farm of less outstanding size for their entire Life, and listened to their stories of the land; and felt the joy of the smile on their faces harvesting the crops; and learned everything related to teas and fruits. It is our great honor to be acquainted with them and take back the distant harvest to our city where we are living in. The fruits of plainness and diligence should have been known by more people.
We brought back 51 types of tea from around the world: flower tea, Yerba mate, Dr. Louis tea, dark green tea, black tea, oolong tea, yellow tea, white tea and green tea. These 51 teas all have their own characteristics in terms of appearance, taste and aroma. Just like everyone has their own temperament, when we meet a tea congenial with our temper, we will find the tacit consent like the reunion of old friends after a long separation. We will also cherish the tender feelings and constant memory of the past days from the charming aroma in a cup of tea. The teamen who excels the deep culture and tea-making process mixed the different raw materials together, and let it extend through the taste and temperature, so that we can share the warm feelings from the tea. This is the very life aesthetics from a cup of tea in our hearts.
The good tea should be held with good tea set, so we designed and fired the tea set suitable for each tea. On the way of seeking tea, we visited those craftmen who also work on the soil. The subtle and loud sound from the fired tea set in the kiln was just like a string breaking from the most melodious note. Soft and intense, we felt both lucky and honored to see the soil bestowed with soul turn from the plain blank to the tea set.
In order to convey the natural temperature and texture of tea and set through the most suitable carrier to the hands of those who love it, we chose the materials which will not pose detrimental effect on the natural environment, and designed the packaging for each kind of tea with the minimized materials. With the most primitive way, we expressed the feelings of the first glance of those teas and fruits. There is lots of hidden information on our caddies. Those figures and numbers are the flavor of wind mixed with the tea blowing on the face, and are the color of the sky seen through the leaves as well as the happiness indescribable by words. They are also an experiment on aesthetics we are going to carry out.