Tea Brewing Temperatures & Times! 🍵

On some packages of tea, you may have seen some instructions on how to brew your tea. Now you’re probably thinking, “Why do I need instructions on how to brew tea? It’s just water and leaves!” It’s more than just placing a tea bag into a cup and pouring hot water over it! It takes …

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What Young Pu-erh Tea Is All About

A few years ago I received a sample of a tea called “Young Pu-erh.” It started me on an exploration of this rather unique style of tea. It’s not a black tea nor an oolong. And it’s certainly not a green or white tea. So, what is Young Pu-erh all about? To know that, you …

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Is Puerh Tea a Health-Giving Elixir?

Once upon a time there was tea. It was black - for the most part. It was a time, here in the West, when tea and black tea were nearly synonymous. But in the last decade or so it's green tea that's grabbed the overwhelming share of attention. With the popularity of green tea there's …

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A Pu-erh to Start Out With

There are black teas (what many in the world call “red tea”), green teas, white teas, rarer yellow teas, purple teas, hundreds of oolong teas … and then there’s pu-erh. Strange. Mysterious. Off-putting. But, as with anything new to you, starting out is easy – just take that first step. Here is a pu-erh (or …

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Pu-erh Tea Cakes Are Not Created Equal

Just as there is a wide difference between bagged teas, the variety of pu-erh (puer, pu’er) tea cakes on the market is fairly astounding. Considering that some pu-erhs are considered collectibles, fakery has also come about. Knowing what to look for and how to make your selection is more important than ever. Type of Tea …

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Golden Pu-erh Is Truly Golden

Pu-erh is one of those teas that can take multiple infusions and is often infused in smaller amounts. A lot of pu-erh is sold in large cakes where you have to break off a chunk to steep it. Some is sold in mini cakes (“tuochas”), which are sized about right for a small pot of …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh

Name: Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Brand: English Tea Store Type: Pu-erh, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I do confess that I don't normally think of Scotland and pu-erh as having any sort of natural connection to each other, though perhaps that is due to a lack of imagination on my part. I'm glad, though, that …

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Review — Golden Moon’s Pu-Erh

Name: Pu-Erh Brand: Golden Moon Type: Pu-Erh, shu/cooked Form: Loose leaf Review: Pu-Erh is perhaps best described as an “acquired taste”. Processed differently than most teas, it doesn’t taste much like the way we think tea ought to taste. Still, it can be quite delicious, as Golden Moon’s Pu-Erhproves. While pu-erh is often sold packed …

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Brewing Tea Gongfu Style

By Stephanie Harkins [reposted from our sister blog] The Gongfu tea ceremony, also known as the Kungfu tea ceremony, literally means “Way of tea brewing with great skill”. The ceremony itself a Chinese method of brewing teas. Usually Oolong tea, which is a type of tea between green and black tea, or Pu-erh tea, which …

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