Year of the Dog Design Contest WINNERS Announcement!

With each passing year we get more and more wonderful designs from people all over the world!  This year was certainly no exception.  We got over 80 designs in total.  More than half were in consideration.  We had a poll on the Yunnan Sourcing Fans group, and the “people’s choice” rankings for some of the top designs are show there.  Have a look!
In the end, I have to choose the designs that I like and designs that will print well on the paper that we use for the cake wrappers.  So in other words, it’s a very narrow criteria and just one (very fallible) person’s choice.  Many of the designs were usable in other formats and we may contact you to inquire about using them in a t-shirt design or something else.  Only 6 people had their designs place and win a prize, but likely we will use as many as 12 designs for our wrappers this year, so I may contact you and ask for permission to use your design, which you will be compensated for (if we can agree on the terms)!
Thanks to everyone who participated!  If you didn’t win please don’t be discouraged.  Most of the designs I received were attractive and fanciful!

1st Place – Patrik Benedičič (Slovenia)

2nd Place – Neimen Jaidde (Russia)

3rd Place – Jake Knapp (USA)

4th Place – Giovanni Crispino (Italy)

5th Place / 1 – Anna Kampane (Latvia)

5th Place / 2 – Dave Bailey (USA)

Honorable Mentions (we may also use these designs)

Marichka Turanska (Ukraine)

Daniel Mervis (USA)

Timothy Sparling (USA)

Kuan,Pey-ying (Taiwan)

Benjamin Denkert (Germany)

Hannah Zipper (USA)

Hive of Tea Bees (USA)

Brianne Neumann

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Year of the Dog Design Contest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome everyone to 2018, the Year of the Dog! Last year was a great success with many excellent contributions!  Thanks to EVERYONE!

As you probably know I am huge a dog lover! I have a Doberman Pinscher named “Lucy”  that I love so very much!

This year we will be offering a prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th places!

1st prize: $250.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

2nd prize: $175.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

3rd prize: $125.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

4th prize: $75.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

5th prize: $75.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

We may have some interest in designs that don’t place in the top 5, and we’ll contact you about using them and compensation for your designs.

Please submit all designs no later than February 1st 2018. We will announce winners on this blog, and via twitter, vk and facebook (of course we will email winners directly) no later than February 10th.

1. Designs should be done in either Photoshop or Illustrator 300 DPI. Other formats may be OK, but would prefer these two formats. Also provide us with a JPEG or PDF format version of the design so we can easily compare and preview.

2. Any fonts used should be included with your submission.

3. Design must prominently feature these characters “云之源”

4. Bonus for hand drawn lettering or illustrations.

5. Bonus for inclusion of a Doberman (floppy natural ears)! Album of Lucy Doberman pics here!

We reserve the right to:

1.  Change the fonts or design features of your design before we print the wrapper. (if we change anything, we’ll ask you if it’s OK first)
2.  Add additional information, such as our logo, hand stamp seal, net weight of the tea cake, QS information (back) and QR code (back) to the wrapper, or anything else
3.  Retain right to use as we see fit, now and into the future! (winning designs only)
4.  If you like we can feature your name and “Designed by” on the back of wrapper when we print it.

Thanks and good luck, if you have any questions email me at scott at yunnansourcing d0t com!

– Scott

Year of the Rooster Design Contest Winners Announcement!

Hello Everyone!
This year had an overwhelming number of good designs.  In fact in my final pile of decisions I had 15 different designs by 13 different contestants.  Truly an amazing amount of talent contributed to this contest.  It’s with a heavy heart that I made the decisions, because I know some will be disappointed that they were not chosen.  But I can say with all honestly that not a single design we received was bad.
Many of the designs were equally as good as others but the decision to use some above others has alot to do with our plans for the year and balance of designs needed for ripe and raw cakes as well as the regions which we’ll be sourcing from.
Some designs that didn’t win I hope to gain your permission to utilize for some one off productions like our Impression cake or some ripe cakes.  Those chosen will also receive generous credit vouchers for use on Yunnan Sourcing.
The design contributions made by everyone are much appreciated and are a big component of Yunnan Sourcing’s look and feel through the years.  You are all Yunnan Sourcing!
With deep and humble gratitude,
Scott Wilson

1st Place – Marichka Turanska (Ukraine)

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2nd Place – Benjamin Denkert (Germany)
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3rd Place – Meghan Albers (USA)

 

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4th Place – Monk Maximus (USA)

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5th Place – Sarah Wood (USA)

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Honorable Mention – Ronald Visser (Netherlands)

 

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Honorable Mention – Michaël Jourdan (France)

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Honorable Mention – Eskil Lundberg (Sweden)

 

 

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Honorable Mention – Anna Kampane (Latvia)

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Honorable Mention – Sebastien Vacuithe (France)

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Honorable Mention – Simon Osten (Germany)

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Honorable Mention – Timothy Chacko (USA)

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Honorable Mention – Neusa Trovoada (Portugal)

 

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Honorable Mention – Vladimir Seredin (Ukraine)

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Honorable Mention – Seva Seredin (Russian in Ukraine)

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Year of the Rooster Design Contest!

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Welcome everyone to 2017, the Year of the Rooster! Last year was a great success with many excellent contributions!  Thanks to EVERYONE!

This year we will be offering a prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th places!

1st prize: $250.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

2nd prize: $175.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

3rd prize: $125.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

4th prize: $75.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

5th prize: $50.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

Please submit all designs no later than February 1st 2017. We will announce winners on this blog, and via twitter, vk and facebook (of course we will email winners directly) no later than February 10th.

1. Designs should be done in either Photoshop or Illustrator 300 DPI. Other formats may be OK, but would prefer these two formats. Also provide us with a JPEG or PDF format version of the design so we can easily compare and preview.
2. Any fonts used should be included with your submission.
3. Design must prominently feature these characters “云之源”
4. Bonus for hand drawn lettering or illustrations.
5. Bonus for inclusion of a Rooster (character 鸡 and/or image of a Rooster) in the design
6. Keep design to five colors or less (or grayscale). No mixing / gradient of colors as this won’t print well on the hand-made white paper we plan to use.

We reserve the right to:

1. Change the fonts or design features of your design before we print the wrapper.
2. Add additional information, such as our logo, hand stamp seal, net weight of the tea cake, QS information (back) and QR code (back) to the wrapper, or anything else
3. Retain right to use as we see fit, now and into the future! (winning designs only)
4. If you like we can feature your name and “Designed by” on the back of wrapper when we print it.

Thanks and good luck, if you have any questions email me at scott at yunnansourcing d0t com!

– Scott

A Brief History of All Yunnan Sourcing Yi Wu Mountain Area Productions!

A customer asked me which Yi Wu area teas Yunnan Sourcing has pressed.  I starting cutting and pasting the links from the website into the email and it started to really sink in just what a long history of producing Yi Wu teas we now have.  Spanning 7 years
and 48 pressings!  Here’s the list!
Spring 2016
Autumn 2015
Spring 2015
Autumn 2014
Spring 2014
Autumn 2013
Spring 2013
Autumn 2012
Spring 2012
Spring 2011
2011 Yunnan Sourcing “Gua Feng Zhai” Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake * 400 grams (sold out)
Autumn 2011
Autumn 2010
Spring 2010
2010 Yunnan Sourcing “Gua Feng Zhai” Raw Pu-erh Tea cake of Yi Wu (sold out)
Autumn 2009
2009 Yunnan Sourcing “Gua Feng Zhai” Raw Pu-erh Tea cake of Yi Wu * 357 grams (sold out)
2009 Yunnan Sourcing “Da Qiu Feng” Raw Pu-erh Tea cake of Yi Wu * 357 grams (sold out)

Mr. Duan’s “No Spray” Contract System

In our last post “Mengku Huang Shan Wild Arbor Trees!” we talked about how Mr. Duan keeps the teas that he sources free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  He works with several different growers in Mengku area who in exchange for a payment of ¥600 CNY (about $93 USD) four times yearly sign a contract and use their inked fingerprint as a seal to guarantee their complicity with the terms of the contract.  It’s not a huge sum of money, but it’s enough to make up for any decrease in the yield they experience and also creates a sense of mutual cooperation between grower and buyer.  It also guarantees that Mr. Duan will buy their mao cha or fresh leaves during harvest times.  Of course there is no obligation on the part of the grower to sell their tea to Mr. Duan, and as such he must still offer a good market price to get their leaves.

Yunnan countryside people are (for the most part) very honest people and see accepting money as a payment.  As such, it creates a feeling of obligation to uphold the no pesticides terms of the contract, as accepting money from others (outside their family structure) is not taken lightly.   It also fosters a sense of belonging to an elite group of growers which works well in everyones favor.  Mr. Duan also uses his quarterly contract signing time to meet with growers and educate them about his expectations.

So far, the proof is in the pudding… We are in our 4th year of testing Mr. Duan’s teas and all have come back with perfect scores (LESS THAN REPORT LIMIT – see page 2 of the lab report).

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Mengku Huang Shan Wild Arbor Trees!

My wife visited Mengku County Huang Shan Mountain and our friend Mr. Duan who we met in Kunming in 2007.  He used to oversee the pressing of teas at Kunming area tea factory but moved back home to Mengku in 2010 to help his family with their gardens.  In late 2010 when he was headed back home he asked me whether I would buy his tea or not and I told if the quality was good and no pesticides were used, then I most definitely would.  I loaned him about $12,000 USD to get started and by Spring 2011 we had our first teas from Mr. Duan.

This visit was our second visit to his tea gardens and it was great to see him and be re-assured that the environment where these tea trees grow is clean and shows no signs of pesticides (roundup, or other herbicides).  Since we started testing teas in 2013 Mr. Duan’s teas have always come back with no detectable pesticides residues.  Since 2011 he has expanded beyond just his family’s tea garden to areas in Da Xue Shan, Nuo Wu and Ba Wai working with growers there to source tea and ensure that the teas are clean.  He even pays them several times each year to agree to not spray (click here to read our blog article about Mr. Duan’s “No Spray” Contract System).  The results have been perfect and we’ve been giving him feedback on every laboratory test that we do so that he knows if there is a weak link in the chain.

Mr.  Duan is a delightful person.  He’s a true gentleman and he’s smart and honest without exception.  These are the kind of people we work with year after year and we are happy to support him, his family and the growers he works with!

 

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Laoshan Village (Shandong) – Liang Family Tea Plantation Pictures

 

Laoshan village is near Qingdao in the province of Shandong at an altitude of just 300 meters.  Laoshan village is also near a sacred mountain, and not far from the ocean.  Tea has been grown in Laoshan area for many generations. 

 Our Laoshan teas are grown by the Liang family, who have a small family operation growing Laoshan tea and doing all the processing of the tea themselves as well.  You will notice that the tea is grown undercover of greenhouse which are fully covered in the winter to protect from frost and also in the earliest part of spring as well just as the leaves are starting to sprout.  In the middle and later part of the first flush growth stage the coverings are removed and the tea bushes grow in full view of the sun until plucking in the first week of April.

Laoshan green tea is small leaf, tippy (but without silver hairs) and tightly rolled, but not compressed like a Tie Guan Yin.  The varietal grown is Long Jing #43 and as such the tea from Laoshan shares it character.  The brewed tea is vegetal, sweet, savory with an umami-like green chestnut (bipolarity of astringency/savory and sweet).

Laoshan black tea is small and tippy, it lacks white pekoe style hairs that give black teas their gold color.  Instead Lao Shan black is grown from Long Jing #43 and the dry leaf is small, spindly and has a brown-black shiny look to it.  The brewed leaf gradually unfolds and reveals it’s brown color.  The brewed leaves have a vertical (parallel to the stem) striations as a result of the rolling they undergo.  The tea soup is tending more towards gold in color with much less red than a typical black tea.  The taste of Laoshan black tea is amazingly sweet with very obvious chocolate notes and the slightest hint of osmanthus.  People often question whether sugar was added to the tea somehow, but it’s just naturally sweet and thick.

Laoshan Black is harvested from 1st (pre Ming) and 2nd flush material during the first week of May, and again in Autumn.  The tea is picked, wilted briefly, fried (kill green), rolled and then allowed to wilt under the sun in cloth bags for 2 to 3 days (depending on ambient temperatures).  After sun wilting is complete the tea is roasted in a kind of hot air tumbler (滚桶 ).

We feel confident you will enjoy family-sourced Laoshan teas and invite you to try them all!

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Year of the Monkey Design Contest Winners


My apologies to everyone waiting for me to decide the winners this year.  It’s never easy to choose among so many great designs, and this year was no exception.

I am awarding five prizes… 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two 4th place entries.

1st place – Ronald Visser (Netherlands)

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2nd Place – Marichka Turanska (Ukraine)

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3rd Place – Marina Hrush (Ukraine)
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4th Place – Vladimir Seredin (Ukraine)

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4th Place – Thuy-Anh Le

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Honorable Mentions:

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Meghan Albers (United States)

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Year of the Monkey Design Contest!

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Welcome everyone to 2016, the Year of the Monkey! Last year was a great success with many excellent contributions!

To sweeten the pot a bit we will be offering a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 4th price for the best designs!

1st prize: $250.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!
2nd prize: $150.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!
3rd prize: $100.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!
4th prize: $75.00 USD credit voucher for use on Yunnan Sourcing dot com (or dot us) website!

Please submit all designs no later than February 10th. We will announce winners on this blog, and via twitter, vk and facebook (of course we will email winners directly) no later than February 15th.

1. Designs should be done in either Photoshop or Illustrator 300 DPI. Other formats may be OK, but would prefer these two formats. Also provide us with a JPEG or PDF format version of the design so we can easily compare and preview.
2. Any fonts used should be included with your submission.
3. Design must prominently feature these characters “云之源”
4. Bonus for hand drawn lettering or illustrations.
5. Bonus for inclusion of a Monkey (character 猴 and/or image of Monkey) in the design
6. Keep design to five colors or less (or grayscale). No mixing / gradient of colors as this won’t print well on the hand-made white paper we plan to use.

We reserve the right to:

1. Change the fonts or design features of your design before we print the wrapper.
2. Add additional information, such as our logo, hand stamp seal, net weight of the tea cake, QS information (back) and QR code (back) to the wrapper, or anything else
3. Retain right to use as we see fit, now and into the future!
4. If you like we can feature your name and “Designed by” on the back of wrapper when we print it.

Thanks and good luck, if you have any questions email me at scott at yunnansourcing d0t com!

– Scott