Forget Starbucks, Tully's and Doutor. If you're after a real quality brew, perhaps it's time to enjoy Chinese tea at its best.

So says Kazuo Kodera, a Tokyo-based importer of Chinese food and tea who made the winning bid at an auction last September in Fujian Province for the world's most expensive variety.

The 55-year-old Kodera, president of Kaito Brothers Co., paid 14.3 million yen for just 1 kg of the tea, which is produced in Anxi, Fujian Province.