Pu erh belongs to a post-fermented tea, and sometimes classified as a dark tea (dark tea is one of the six classes of tea in China). Interestingly in China, there is some debate about whether Pu'erh actually is a “tea”, due to it having a completely distinct aging process. We of course tend to side by the argument that its made from tea leaves, and brewed in water – so its a tea!
There are various types of Pu'erh that are distinguished from their packaging (whether loose leaf or in various compacted block forms). Generally loose leaf Pu'erh, like TeaVivre's, is regarded as having the best taste and aroma, that is stimulating to drink and will last for 9 infusions by using Gaiwan 3oz.
Brief Health Info
Pu-erh tea has been touted for many years as a great weight loss tea because of its ability to help us burn fat and shed pounds, as well as having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor.
Pu erh has a mild, gentle nature to it, and so is great to drink if you have a delicate stomach or trouble drinking other teas. People in south western China usually drink this tea during meals, to help with digestion. Of course, like the health benefits of all tea , it contains antioxidants!
Where is Our Puerh tea Produced
The original material is from Yunnan province in an area that has been producing high quality Pu erh for over 800 years. This area is on the edge of Tibet, and has a very high elevation and warm summers with abundant rainfall, giving the tea trees especially large, plump buds and leaves that are perfect for making Pu erh.
About Yunnan Large-leaf Species
Yunnan Large-leaf tea tree is a rare tea varieties in the world. It is a kind which is best to make puerh tea. Yunnan has unique advantage in its geographical position, it is rich in rainfall and its proper temperature is good for planting large-leaf tea trees. The tea leaves from this kind of tea varieties growing in this perfect environment are abundant in polyphenols, catechins, amino acids, caffeine content.
Pu'erh tea is one of the oldest types of tea in China, with a history stretching back over 1,700 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when the tea was called Jing Cha. Pu'erh is named after the town of Pu-erh in Yunnan province, which was the early trading center for this tea. In this teas early history it was used as a bartering currency in south west China. In south west China the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao - “Tea Horse Road” - was built especially to transport this tea through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.
Q: hello I will purchase some tea can I brew it in the morning and drink it thru out my day because I am out all day with no access to a stove. Posted on 7/30/15 by Denise Payne
Reply: Hi Denise,
Thank you very much for writing to us. Yes, you can brew like that. Actually for pu-erh teas, we have tea bags. Maybe that will be helpful and convenient for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Q: Good morning from Siebenburgen, could you please mention the month of harvest? I saw the harvest month (July) is the same with production month. I am interested if it is a spring, summer or autumn pu erh tea. Thank you. Grussen edy Posted on 11/15/14 by Barkoczi Eduard
Reply: Dear Barkoczi,
Thank you very much for writing to us.
The harvest time is July 2006. So it is a kind of Summer pu-erh tea. Hope this is helpful for your concern. Wish you a good day.
Q: Good morning, is this a summer tea? Best regards edy Posted on 11/15/14 by eduard
Reply: Daer Eduard,
Yes, this is a kind of summer tea. Wish you a good day.
Q: I have had Pu-erh before, I typically rinse it for a minute, and then will drink throughout the morning without further rinses, is that wrong for this tea? Posted on 9/22/14 by KG
Reply: Thank you very much for writing yo us. Just brewing one time is ok, but the brewing time is a little bit short. You can brewing the pu-erh tea in western ways as our websire mentioned: http://www.teavivre.com/info/brew-an-enjoyable-pu-erh-tea/
Q: I'm interested in purchasing this specifically for weight loss reasons. I just bought the teabags from a local Chinese store. I have never tried leaves before. Could you please tell me the difference between the bags and your product here? Also, will I need any special kitchen equipment to make the tea if I buy your leaves? I have no idea how to make tea from leaves, so please help! Thanks Posted on 11/2/13 by Abi A
Reply: Thank you for interesting in our teas. Normally, pu-erh leaves or cakes are better than tea bags, because for Pu-erh teas, it is better to be made into cake or brick shape for its unique processing. The compressed appearance can make sure the tea’s flavor and taste be remained, and can help the leaves continueing to ferment under the natural condition. Considering this, the tea bag pu-erh is not able to continue the fermentation, as well as restrain its original flavor. Thus its benefit of losing weight may be less than the original compressed puerh. If you want to learn how to brew pu-erh tea cake, what tools to use, you can check our article of How to Brew an Enjoyable Pu-erh Tea: http://www.teavivre.com/info/brew-an-enjoyable-pu-erh-tea/