Raw Pu Erh: Short Description
Processing: Our Raw Pu Erh is made of tea leaves from old tea trees, hand-picked and -processed.
Preparation: Water temperature: 100°. For preparation in a tea pot: Infuse 3 teaspoons of tea leaves for ca. 2 minutes. For more details, check out our video.
Provenience: Menghai, Yunnan, China
Altitude: 1100-1300 m a.s.l.
Price per cup: 0.3 CHF (5g of leaves per portion, three infusions)
Our Raw Pu Erh in Detail
This tea is ideal for persons who like a cup of strong tea. It has the freshness of a green tea but also a heaviness through its smokey, astringent flavours. It is also interesting to note that the flavour changes while drinking: Whereas the bitter notes dominate in the beginning, a strong sweetness will gradually come up on your palate. Raw pu erh is also one of the few teas that improve in flavour over the years – just like red wine.
Even if you can find all kinds of tea in Yunnan, pu erh (also: puer, Pu’er) is the most famous tea of this Province. Pu erh is its own kind of tea and there are two very distinct varieties: Raw pu erh and Fermented Pu Erh. The latter uses raw pu erh as its basic material, so the initial processing of the two is the same.
Only leaves from old tea trees are used for our pu erh. After picking the leaves are roasted in order to stop oxidation. Compared to green tea, this happens at much lower temperatures. This is why this tea will keep oxidising slowly and thus its flavour will become more and more full and earthy.
After roasting, the leaves are rolled and then spread out to dry in the sun. This slow drying process leads to the typical pu erh taste. As a result, pu erh has a very different taste than green tea. If you want to know more about the differences between green tea and pu erh, check out or video on that topic. Raw pu erh is traditinally pressed into tea cakes. But for your ease of handling, we decided to sell loose leaf puer. We occasionally offer other forms of puer as a Seasonal Specialty.
This tea tastes best if infused with boiling water. Be careful, though, not to let it steep for too long, but instead infuse it several times. Ideal teaware are our Chinese Tea Set or our Infuser Pot, but also a cup or a tea pot with removable strainer work perfectly well. Find even more information in our product video (English subtitles):