Organic Gunpowder Green Tea (Zhu Cha)

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Organic Gunpowder Green Tea (Zhu Cha)
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Qiandao Lake, Chun'an County, Hangzhou City,

Zhejiang Province, China


Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

May 1, 2024

Dry Leaf:

One bud with two or three leaves rolled into tight pellet shaped balls,

olive-green in color


Fried-bean aroma with hint of caramel


Bright yellowish green color


Fresh and brisk, mellow taste,

with hint of caramel fragrance, enduring infusions

Tea Bush:

Qunti Species

Tea Garden:

Qiandao Lake Organic Tea Garden


Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)


Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

18 Months

Angel's Comment:

This infusion-enduring Organic Gunpowder Tea is a perfect affordable daily tea for green tea lovers.


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Organic Gunpowder green tea is traditionally created by plucking high grade long tea leaves from the tea trees, by hand-rolling them into small tight pellet shapes (also like discoid flower). It is normal that there will be some floating in the liquor because of the processing craftsmanship, which will not affect tea taste. The whole leaf is used in processing, so this tea when brewed allows the pellets to unfurl and dance in the hot water to produce a beautiful yellowish green, even golden color liquor with high aroma, fresh and brisk taste, with hint of caramel aftertaste lingers.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
194℉ / 90℃ 194℉ / 90℃
1 Teaspoons / 2g Tea 5g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 7 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 60s
Tea Garden

Qiandao Lake Organic Tea Garden is located in Chun’an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, with an average annual temperature of 17.0°C. The tea produced here has strong lingering aroma, taste mellow and smooth, and these features all thanks to:

Landscape of the tea garden after raining
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Slightly Acidic Sandy Soil

The loose soil condition makes it breathable and water permeable; deep soil layer makes it rich in minerals and trace elements. So the tea grow here is rich in natural nutrition.

National First-level Water Conservation Area

The tea garden is nourished and influenced by the water of Qiandao Lake. Qiandao Lake is a national first-level water body, and its water can reach the drinking water standard without any treatment. Such an innate condition ensures that the environment in which the tea trees grow is pure and pollution-free, and gives the finished teas a natural sweet aftertaste.

Natural Oxygen Bar

The annual PM2.5 value of the Qiandao Lake area is lower than 20, where the air is fresh and the forest coverage rate in the lake area is high. The lake itself just like a huge air purifier, for its wide water area can release a large amount of negative oxygen ions every day, so that forms a big natural oxygen bar, and also nourishes the tea trees.

Shrouded by Mist and Clouds

Influenced by the regulation of the lake water, the local area is mist-shrouded, warm and humid all year round; clouds absorb ultraviolet rays to form diffuse lights, which is very favorable to the growth of tea trees and the transformation of its internal materials.

Qiandaohu Tea Garden

Sticky boards and solar insecticidal lamps were set up between the tea trees to induces and eliminates pests and also can avoid contamination of chemical agents.

Qiandao Lake

Qiandao Lake, a national first-level water body, and been known as the natural oxygen bar

Tea Farmer

Ms Liao, who has been in the organic tea industry for about ten years, went through the arduous process of founding an organic tea plantation from scratch. After several years of hard work and development, the organic tea garden is now fully established, and has earned USDA, EU, and JAS organic certifications to ensure the healthy quality of the tea.

In August of 2010, dragon well long jing tea from Ms Liao’s tea garden won the first prize of hot tea class in tea championship of World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, America.

TeaVivre Founder Angel Chen and Ms Liao

TeaVivre Founder Angel Chen and Ms Liao


Chun'an County locates on the west of Zhejiang Province; here is the birth place of the first batch of national-level tea tree – Jiu Keng species, and also the most ancient tea area of China. The tea production history of Chun’an can date back to Eastern Han Dynasty, which is 2000 years from now. As the saying goes, good mountains and rivers produce good tea. A world-famous scenic spot, Qiandao Lake, is located in Chun’an. With fresh and clean air, over 95% forest coverage rate, Qiandao Lake is known as the "natural oxygen bar." It is the unique natural environment that provides an unparalleled and irreproducible environment to tea leaves.

Map of Qiandao Lake

Tea Bush

Qunti tea tree species, which is “mother” of Longjing 43, is also called “Lao Cha Peng” or “Tu Cha Ye” by the local tea farmers. It is the earliest species to produce Longjing Tea. “The eighteen imperil tea trees” that named by Qianlong Emperor is also this kind of tea tree species.

Qunti Tea Tree Species

Qunti tea tree species are easily to be recognized as they are irregularly planted and spread out. The picking time of this kind of tea tree is later than other species. The tea made by this kind of tea tree species is characteristics in its strong fried-bean fragrant, as well as floral and fruity fragrant.

Our Organic Gunpowder Tea is made from the same tea tree species as Longjing, but with different picking time and processing ways which made them of different taste.


Gunpowder green tea has been popular in China since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It is one of China’s earliest export goods. In the Western world, green tea is just now taking on the popularity that it has in Asian countries, with more people in North America learning about varieties and the manufacturing process of green teas.

Gunpowder green tea originated in Pingshui Town, Shaoxing City, in the Zhejiang Province of China. However, over the years the production of Gunpowder green tea has expanded to the Fujian Province, the Guangdong Province, the Anhui Province, the Zhejiang Province and the Hunan Province of China, where very high quality Gunpowder green tea can be grown and produced.

At the time of Emperor Kang Xi (1661-1722 AD) of the Qing Dynasty, it became an Imperial Tribute tea. According to historical records, the export of Gunpowder tea reached a peak between 1843 and 1894, but is regaining popularity in modern times with the introduction of the digital age and the occurrence of the internet.

At Teavivre, we hold our standards of production to those which have been used for thousands of years to bring you the best Gunpowder green tea available!

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