It is a type of tea, which is not as popular as green tea or black tea. The link between these types of tea is that they are all made out of the stems of the same plant called Camellia Sinensis.
Each of these teas is made by using a different fermentation process: green tea is not fermented , black tea is fermented and pu-erh tea is post fermented.
How is it made
So the process of making pu-erh tea includes a fermentation process followed by an “aging” process under high humidity. This is why the smell of this tea can be described as mildewed. Depending on how long the tea is being aged, its value increases and so does the flavor.
This tea is actually the only one, which contains probiotics, known as good bacteria. This bacteria is good for our health, especially for the digestive system, because it keeps the gut healthy.
Pu-erh tea characteristics
Pu-erh tea is mostly available in a cake or brick form and can be found as loose-leaf tea as well. The loose leafs are sometimes aged in bamboo. The one I bought was stored in a tangerine peel.
When using a cake or a brick tea, make sure that you are not damaging the leaves when you are trying to make the tea. If you break the leaves, the tea will become bitter.
Pu-erh tea continues to age over time. This is why it can be kept for many years. As the years go by, you will be able to experience how the flavors develop.
The taste of this tea can vary from sweet, floral, camphor to an “earthy” taste. The flavor depends on the quality and storage of the pu-erh being tasted. The one I tried had a mellow taste with thick body.
How to prepare Pu-erh tea
- 1 teaspoon of tea .The dry leaves have a dark brown color.
- 175 ml of water. Prepare the water at 95 °C (200 °F)
– First of all, rinse the leaves with hot water to soften them for steeping.
– After rinsing, steep the leaves for 2 minutes. Wet leaves may vary in color from green to dark brown.
Tip: After making your tea, the leaves can be reused for up to 3-4 infusions. Notice that the taste will fade away after the first batch.
Benefits of Pu-erh tea
- Helps with weight loss
- Improves mental alertness
- Sharp thinking
- Reduces high cholesterol
- Reduces stress
- Helps with sleep
- Has anti-Inflammatory properties