Welcome to our Pu-erh Tea Selections
A relatively new offering in the mainstream U.S. tea marketplace, Pu-erh is made from fermented Yunnan Black tea. After picking, Pu-erh is created by piling the tea for lengthy periods, allowing a true internal fermentation of the leaf to occur. This process gives Pu-erh its unique earthy overtones. This type of tea is cultivated in the world’s best tea growth areas, from tea bushes as tall as trees. Pu-erh has long been valued for its medicinal benefits, believed to aid in digestion and the reduction of cholesterol. Primarily packaged in compressed shapes of varying sizes, Pu-erh teas are also available in loose leaf form.
Brewing Tips: Pu-erh tea should be made with cold, filtered water that has been brought to a temperature just short of boiling (190-200 degrees F). Using one rounded teaspoon of loose tea or one teabag for each cup required, pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and allow to steep. When brewing our Pu-erh Tuo Cha, pour the boiling water over each compressed piece to make about 16 ounces of hot tea. Make sure to remove the protective paper wrapping that oftentimes covers each individual tuo cha before brewing! Pu-erh tea begins to infuse at about 1 ½ minutes and increases to an ideal brewing time of 5 minutes. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping. However, varying from black teas, Pu-erh will not turn bitter if over-steeped.