Tea Brick

Tea Brick

You can buy Tea Bricks of the highest quality here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Beautiful, intricate and, when brewed, delicious, these remarkable items are a must-have for connoisseurs and collectors the world over.

We stock both Black Tea Bricks and Green Tea Bricks, each with something unique, indeed extraordinary, to offer. Discover for yourself today.

Brief History of Tea Bricks

Chinese Tea Bricks have been used for millennia, particularly until the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). People considered them easier to transport than Loose Leaf Tea varieties.

Using Tea Bricks as currency was also once popular! Nowadays, the most common type is Pu erh Tea, which comes not only in Brick form but in so-called discs and cakes. But how, exactly, can you make a cuppa from it? 

How to Brew Brick Tea

  • Chip away small pieces of your Tea Brick.
  • Place the pieces in a Teapot and pour in hot water at a ratio of 1:20.
  • Allow it to steep for one to three minutes. (Less is more with Green Tea).
  • Consider adding accompaniments, serve, and enjoy. 

How Long Do Tea Bricks Last?

According to some, Tea Bricks reach their peak taste in about sixty years, at which point they begin to degrade over the next forty years. Others, however, have held onto these prized possessions for several generations.

In fact, the oldest Pu erh Tea Brick, known as the Gold Melon Tribute Tea (金瓜贡茶), dates back some 200 years - albeit for display uses. Whether you drink or keep yours is up to you.

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