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pu erh danteOne of the five main types of tea (white, green, oolong and black being the others), pu'erh tea stands apart with its uncommonly soft earthy flavor and woodsy tones. Unlike all other teas, pu'erh (pronounced 'poo-err') is actually aged. The tea leaves go through a natural fermentation process before the tea is gently dried. This creates a cup with zero astringency and deep, rich body. Pu'erh is extraordinarily smooth and deeply refreshing. Our Pu'erh Dante (the shou variety of pu'erh) gives a clean, damp forest aroma, dried mushrooms, leather and earth. Some sweetness of figs or dates and a slight creamy flavor. Mellow and grounding. If the flavor is too strong for you, simply dilute with water (which, interestingly, doesn't work for many other teas!) Pu'erh is extremely versatile - you can steep it for as little as 30 second or 30 minutes, whatever pleases your palate. It won't get bitter and is great for multiple infusions.
Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.
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teabagsOur teabags contain the same high-quality tea as our loose-tea offerings. Their pyramid shape gives the leaves plenty of room to unfurl and infuse, placing more flavor in each cup. Enjoy the superior flavor of gourmet tea with the convenience of a disposable bag.
meet the farmer
Xiao Zhang Luo - Kunming, Yunnan
Q How long have you been growing tea and what got you started?
A“I began to work in tea when I graduated from middle school when I was 18. My whole family are dealing with teas by several generations.”
Q Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
A“I have to get up early in the morning. After a simple breakfast I will go out to pick up tea leaves. Then in the afternoon I will work in the factory to make pu erh. During tea season I usually very busy. Sometimes I have to work overnight.”
Q What is your favorite part of growing tea?
A“I love picking. I love to climb the mountain and breathe the fresh air.”
Q Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
A“The most step of pu erh tea is fermentation. It is hard to watch this step. I have to stay in the factory for many days to check the moisture and temperature. Take care of the teas is very important. If careless it will ruin the teas.”
Q What do you think makes your tea unique or better than others?
A“Our hometown is the best place to grow pu erh. Besides, we have lots of experience makers in the factory. They can control the quality of the pu erh.”
Q Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
A“Pu erh is good for digestion. Better have a cup after the meal, especially big meal. Keep on drinking will definitely keep fit and reduce fat.”
fresh from the gardenTo ensure the best quality and value, we import our teas directly from the countries in which they are grown, working closely with the farmers who tender them.
Our Roots Campaign connects our customers with the rich stories and the farmers behind some of our most popular teas.
fresh from originPu'erh tea gets its name from a county located in southern Yunnan. There are two types of pu'erh tea: sheng ('green' or 'raw') and shou ('ripe' or 'cooked'). Historically, raw pu'erh was created first. It takes years to slowly age, and if properly stored (pu'erh is essentially a 'living tea', much like wine), holds its value and flavor for decades. Due to extreme demand for this tea, the ripe variety was invented about 40 years ago to speed up the aging process. The tea leaves are piled in gently warmed heaps and allowed to carefully ferment. Ripe pu'erh is usually much darker than the raw pu'erh and often smoother. Raw pu'erh tasted when too young (less than several years old) can be incredibly astringent. This quality mellows out dramatically with age. Both are widely revered in China for their soothing, purifying qualities unmatched by other teas.
This tea contains a high level of caffeine
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