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    Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic by Jinghong Zhang

    I’m always on the lookout for new tea books to read. This one was ordered after a recommendation from +Tony Gebely of +World of Tea fame. I was especially drawn to it because I had never seen an English language book devoted exclusively to puerh tea. Although it is a scholarly study, I found it to be an engaging and fascinating read. Focusing mainly on Yiwu, Zhang gives a thorough analysis of the recent peaks and valleys of the puerh industry in China. I was previously aware of the 2007 market crash but I did not have all of the details. The videos that the author shot during her research adds another layer. Part of my enjoyment…