Wang Ai Guo – Huangshan, Anhui
How long have you been growing tea and what got you started?
I have worked in tea for 24 years. When I was 18 my family was very poor. We could not have the chance to buy tea to drink. My parents like teas. So I decided to work in tea.
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
As I am poor I have to work hard to earn more money. So I work very hard from 6am in the morning till 6pm in the evening. Sometimes I like to work overnight so as to get more money. My main work is picking tea leaves in the mountain. It takes long time to finish plucking, as there are many mountains.
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
The happiest part is when I taste the keemun black tea after hard making. I can also let my parents to have the chance to drink a little bit. I am happy when seeing the smile from their faces.
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
To me plucking is the hardest part. As I have to climb many mountains and leave the home the whole day. I could not take care of my kids and my parents. I feel sorry. But I have to work.
What do you think makes your tea unique or better than others?
Keemun black tea can only be made in our hometown. It has a unique flower smell and pleasant taste. Besides we have fertile soil and hard-working people.
Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Water is very important. And use nice tea set.