萬波島嶼紅茶專門店WanpoTeaShop


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萬波島嶼紅茶專門店WanpoTeaShop
A traditional tea beverage brand brewed out of Taiwan’s military dependents’ village.
---Wanpo Island Black Tea ---
Let me tell you why it is called Wanpo Island.
In 1949, my parents, both 27 years of age, took a steamer from northern China to Haikou in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Later, they wandered to Taichung to settle down where they unexpectedly spent the rest of their lives.
In 1954, I was born in Taichung to a family of four, which was quite hard to support given the economic condition of the time.
To make ends meet, my parents opened the "Mingguang" grocery store with the money earned from raising hogs. Among the commodities, there were black tea, winter melon tea, and aiyu lemonade— very popular during that time.
I grew up in a bittersweet environment. The military family’s village used to be a large community composed of people with various dialects, living habits, and tastes.
These are the memories of my childhood that I seem to always come back to. Mingguang grocery store was the center hub where aunties and uncles from all over the neighborhood would gather to spend a whole afternoon making small talk over a cup of aiyu lemonade.
In 1992, when I was in the military service in Hsinchu, I heard that the village was about to be dismantled for reconstruction. I couldn’t help but feel a little homesickness for that big community loaded with my childhood memories. Those aunties and uncles, are they well? Were my parents well? Do they still chatter over a cup of aiyu lemonade?
We all have our own way of soothing the nostalgia. By recreating the native flavor out of local ingredients at a new land, we try to quell down the yearning for our hometown. Not only that, Wanpo aspires to reach a higher dimension where a new passion can be found with a resonance that can be heard throughout the land we live.