Pu-Erh (pronounced Poo-Air) tea comes from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis like all other teas. However, it goes through a unique process of oxidation and fermentation. Also, Pu-Erh is aged to get a unique flavor that no other tea has. The fermentation process that Pu-Erh goes through gives it unique health benefits including:
- cholesterol reduction
- weight loss support
- stress relief
- gut health
I've included one of our graphics that goes through all the additional health benefits in a little more detail down below. It is quite fascinating all that this powerful fermented tea can provide.
I must admit, when I first tried this tea I thought it was going to be a slam dunk beverage for me due to my love affair with kombucha. It however was not an instant love with this tea. Putting out this disclaimer, I believe it is beneficial to you as a consumer. Give it some time. I was committed to giving it a chance and after about two weeks worth of trying it, it really starting growing on me. If you find yourself in the same spot I encourage you to push through.
Your tastebuds need to acclimate with the unique earthy taste profile of this tea. Believe me, its worth it. To aid in this process, you can "bloom" the tea. This is a common process with Pu-Erh where you put the leaves into an infuser, pour hot water over it to effectively rinse it. Then you put the infuser in a cup and pour hot water to steep. This gives a lighter flavor that more people can enjoy on the first try.
Pu-Erh steeps into a dark cup that has a rich, earthy and malty flavor. This rich base balances well with our organic cocoa, mint, and chai flavors that will ease first time Pu-Erh drinkers into this tea. That is the exact reason we carry Cocoa Pu-Erh, Mint Cocoa Pu-Erh, and Chai Pu-Erh.
Keep in mind that Pu-Erh tea is one of the most caffeinated teas you can drink. Depending on how strong the tea is, there can be 70mg of caffeine per 8 oz of tea. The average cup of coffee can have around 100mg of caffeine. It didn't seem to impact me, but keep this in mind for those of you that are sensitive to caffeine.
How to make Pu-Erh tea:
Now that you've learned a little more about Pu-Erh, let's cover how to make it. Simply add 1 tsp of tea to an infuser or our Drawstring Tea Bags. Let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes in 8 oz of oiling temperature filtered water. After the tea is done steeping, remove the tea leaves from the liquid and enjoy!
To learn and discover more about Pu-Erh I encourage you to read all about it on our website. Our webpage goes over the process behind it more in-depth and can be a valuable resource for you. To view our Pu-Erh collection and all that we offer for sale, simply click this link to be taken over to that part of our site.
I hope that this blog has been beneficial for you and hope that you give fermented tea a try!