For mini tea cake, brew for 1 min wth water of 80 degrees, these can hav between 5-6 further infusions.
Our Pu erh Tea Cake is one of the most oxidised types of Black Tea in the world. Such is the case of almost all varieties of Pu erh. Like a fine wine, they tend to get better with age. You can expect, upon brewing, a distinctly deep, mellow flavour with sweet undertones.
We take pride in packing each cake fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory, ensuring quality and consistency.
About Pu erh Tea Cakes Made
You probably know that Champagne comes only from the Champagne region of France, and Darjeeling Tea comes only from the Darjeeling district of India. The same rules apply to Pu erh Tea, which workers grow and produce exclusively in the Yunnan province of China.
What makes it unique is that the oxidised leaves undergo piling and heaping, a method that essentially prolongs fermentation. The purpose is to manipulate conditions to simulate a natural ageing process, resulting in a Tea with a highly-prized complexity, depth and smoothness.
Many older varieties have since acquired a sizable price tag; a 1950s-era 357-gram Red Chop Pu erh Tea disc, for example, can sell for over $10,000 USD.
Our Pu erh Tea Cake is far more modestly priced. What it lacks in age, though, it makes up for in character.
Does Pu erh Tea Cake Have Caffeine?
This Tea, like any type of Black Tea, indeed like any type of “real” Tea, contains caffeine. The question begs: How much?
A 2008 study conducted by the Japanese Society of Agricultural Technology Management noted that its caffeine amount changes during the post-fermentation period. Steeping times, too, have an influence on levels. However, as a rule of thumb, you can expect 60-70-mg per 8-oz cup.
Pu erh Tea Cake Storage
When it comes to how to store Pu erh Tea Cakes, you’ll first need to decide whether to break up the compressed Tea or leave it intact. We recommend the former for storage purposes.
You’ll then need to note the fact that a container that restricts airflow and humidity slows the ageing process. The best choice is a thick, unglazed clay jar, which, when the time is right, will facilitate great taste.
How to Brew Pu erh Tea Cakes
1, If you’re wondering how to break up Pu erh Tea cakes, use a needle to pry out leaves.
2, Once you’ve got the desired amount, place it in a Tea Filter or Infuser.
3, Put the kettle on and, once boiled to 100°C, pour it over the leaves.
4, Brewing Pu erh Tea Cakes should get easier from here. Simply infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Some add milk. Most serve black.
Tasting Notes: Embrace distinctly sweet notes with earthy, woody hints.
Pu erh Tea Cake Benefits
A Chinese study conducted at Kunming Medical College suggests that Pu erh Tea could lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
It saw 86 participants with unusually high levels of blood cholesterol split into two groups. The first group of 55 volunteers drank it three times daily. In contrast, the second group received an unnamed cholesterol-lowering drug.
The results showed a 64.29% reduction in “bad” LDL cholesterol in the Tea-drinking group. The drug group, on the other hand, had only a minimal improvement at 66.67%.
While the cholesterol-lowering drug was proven to be more effective, the research also established that Pu erh Tea Benefits could, at least, help. What more could you want from your new favourite beverage?
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