What is Pu-erh Tea?

Pu-erh teas are aged and fermented. These aged teas are revered throughout Asia for their unique taste, and medicinal benefits. Pu-erh can be classified in two ways, dependending on how it is processed: The oldest method creates a Pu-erh that is called “Sheng” (raw). This traditional process involves compressing loose green tea into cakes. These cakes are slowly fermented over a very long period of time, usually from 10 to 50 years. When the cake is at least 30 years old, it is considered matured and given the label of “vintage.” In the 1970s a faster method of processing Pu-erh was invented. This Pu-erh is called “Shou” (cooked or ripe). The process is the same as in the Sheng variety but, before it is formed into bricks, the tea is exposed to rapid fermentation over 45 to 60 days to speed up the aging process. This expedited fermentation is done by putting the tea in piles that are then kept moist and hot to encourage beneficial yeasts and molds to grow. Once the fermentation is well underway, the tea is pressed into a variety of shapes.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PU-ERH TEA

2737 B.C.
Tea was first discovered by the second emperor Shen Nung in China.
618-907 A.D.
During the T'ang Dynasty tea becomes the most popular drink in China
1970's A.D.
In the 1970's a new processing style was developed called "Shou" process, to expedite the fermentation process within the Pu-erh.
1990-2000's
With Shou processing taking root, new Pu-erh enthusiasts were becoming more abundant. During this time was known as the bubble, not only the tea was gaining in popularity but so were fake Pu-erh's. This lead to a higher increase in demand and prices for authentic tea. But when the collapse of the bubble came in the 2000's. The prices and demand returned to normal.

HOW TO STEEP

Steep at 195-205° degrees for 3 minutes.

Save Your Leaves

This loose leaf tea can be re-steeped many times.

Unflavored Pu-erh Tea

Flavored Pu-erh Tea

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