Beginner’s guide to Pu-erh tea

What is Pu-erh tea

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.
Beginner's guide to Pu-erh tea | Gabriela Green

Beginner's guide to Pu-erh tea | Gabriela Green

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.

How does it look like

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.

Beginner's guide to Pu-erh tea | Gabriela Green

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.

How does it taste

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

– Use 1 teaspoon of tea for 175 ml of water. The dry leaves have a dark brown color.

Beginner's guide to Pu-erh tea |Pu-erh dry leaves| Gabriela Green

– 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.

Beginner's guide to Pu-erh tea |Pu-erh wet leaves| Gabriela Green


Tip: The leaves can be reused for 3-4 infusions.

Benefits of Pu-erh tea

  • Weight loss
  • Improving mental alertness
  • Sharp thinking
  • Reducing high cholesterol


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14 Replies to “Beginner’s guide to Pu-erh tea”

  1. I’ve not heard of this tea before. I like how the flavour changes as it ages and all the health benefits too, interesting post
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    1. It has nice benefits indeed 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  2. This is a really interesting post; I’d never heard of this kind of tea before (and I didn’t realise you could get tea in brick form!) #KCACOLS

    1. Yes, this type of tea is not that popular. The brick type I think is really for the experts since it has a strong smell and taste.

  3. I’ve never heard of this before! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Interesting. I like that it can aid weight loss 😉 x #KCACOLS

    1. That is a nice benefit indeed! 🙂

  5. I love my tea, but I’d not heared of pu-erh tea before, will have to keep a look out for it! #KCACOLS

    1. Indeed this type of tea is not that popular. I think it is worth giving it a try, especially if you find a sample size.

  6. Never heard of this type of tea but it would be interesting to try with the listed benefits – where can you buy it? #kcacols

    1. Yes, it has indeed some nice benefits. There are countries where they use it as medicine.
      I guess it can be bought at any tea shop which has a bigger variety of loose leaf tea.

  7. Does it taste like mildew though? I assume it doesn’t as that wouldn’t be very appetising. I did not know the differences between green tea and black tea. V. interesting. #KCACOLS

    1. This is a very good question.
      The one I tried had a mellow taste with thick body, nothing resembling to the mildew.

      I will actually edit the post to specify the characteristics of the taste as well, thank you!

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