David Wright introduced me to pu-erh tea at his happy, mellow, stimulant-infused palace of tea culture in Santa Cruz. I went to the city with this stop in mind, and am so glad we made it a priority.
David let me taste teas, and even made "tea" (a whole drop of tea at a time in tiny cups of hot water) for my young daughter. She felt like a Chinese princess.
I took some pu-erh home, along with a tiny Chinese tea pot and a few teeny cups. It became something that I cherished, and relished. Now I see why it is called "tea culture." Not only does Wright create a gathering place for reflecting and socializing at his shop, but the tea itself--even when enjoyed alone--brings about a mellow state of mind, even as it stimulates. I love it!
Wright is knowledgable, approachable, and good-humored. A bit of his wisdom rises in the interview, below. The interview is quirky. I like Wright's presence on his feet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atGJIK6ZeEE
Here's the website for the shop: http://hiddenpeakteahouse.com/