Pu erh Tea
Pu'erh Tea is produced exclusively in Yunnan Province in South West China, mainly in Xishuangbanna, close to the Laos border. The taste and intrigue of Pu'erh comes from the fermentation process involved in creating it, using the bacteria, moulds and fungi that flourishes in the tropical weather of Xishuangbanna. These simple organisms create the mellow and sweet after taste of this interesting tea. There are two processing methods of Pu erh Loose Leaf Tea ripe, cooked or black Pu'erh tea and Raw, uncooked or green Pu'erh Loose Tea. Black Pu erh is more of an “everyday” type of Puer Tea, in comparison to the green Pu erh which is compared to the taste of the forest floor, a woodsy, smooth and sweet.
Green Pu erh tea is not oxidized prior to the natural process of fermentation, the favourite among tea enthusiasts as it reflects the careful manufacturing techniques, storing and the benefit of the slow ageing process over a period of years.
The microbial presences of live organisms on the surface of the leaves combined with humidity and time mellows the previously astringent leaf. Where as Pu erh Black Tea goes through an 'artificial' method of fermentation and is oxidized prior to this with mushroom, bold, earth tones.
Health Benefits of Pu erh Tea
There have been many western studies into the health benefits of Pu'erh Tea which have recognised its ability to aid digestion, lower levels of cholesterol. Reduce the absorption of fat and sugar- making it an ample friend in slimming diets and is very well known that Pu erh Tea Helps with Weight Loss. Drinking 3 cups of tea a day can help you lose weight as part of a healthy life style, studies have show the weight loss and pu erh tea are linked. It has has a secret Cholesterol fighting agent!
It contains small amounts of a chemical called lovastatin. Lovastatin is a prescription medicine used for lowering cholesterol. Investigators think that bacteria that sometimes contaminate pu-erh tea may somehow make the lovastatin in the course of their normal life cycle. Research has found that the older a Pu'erh Tea is, the more cholesterol fighting agents it contains, read our article on 5 Good Reasons to Drink Pu-erh Tea.
Brewing Pu erh Tea
Break off between 4 to 5g of tea and rinse under warm water for a few seconds and brew using water of 80 degrees and brew for 50 seconds, this tea can be steeped for a further 5-6 infusions reducing steeping time for each infusion around 10 seconds
Pu erh Teas we Recommend
One of our popular Pu erh teas is Pu erh Organic Tea, if you have a sweet tooth why not try Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu erh Tea or a Puerh Savannah Flower Jasmine Tea Brick which also makes a fantastic gift.