Why you should drink puerh tea
By Kevin B. February 11th, 2021
Why you should drink Puerh tea
The problem are grocery stores. Ask a worker where the Puerh tea is and their eyes will likely glaze over...."Poo what?"
Most people are familiar with black, green and herbal teas. Maybe white and oolong come next, but Puerh tea ranks as a large category that is often misunderstood, and some tea drinkers skip it because it's unfamiliar. But Puerh tea has enough unique health benefits, and it's unique flavor profile makes it worth trying.W
What is Puerh Tea exactly?
Most tea is produced by withering, rolling and drying the tea leaves (with black tea being allowed to fully oxidize). The herbal teas we are familiar with are mostly dried botanicals. Puerh tea is different in that it undergoes a fermentation period. Some use the term fermentation interchangably with oxidation, but they are both completely different processes.
All Pu-erh tea is fermented, and thus undergo a microbiotic process similar to other types of fermented food (saurkraut, sour dough, yoghurt). Originally the tea was pressed into cakes and allowed to age - SLOWLY. This is known as RAW Pu-erh. But later on, as demand in China increased, tea masters found they could accelerate the fermentation by piling heaps of tea on the ground an controlling the moisture as a way to speed up the process. Think of lawn clippings, and how they get hot in a pile. Same principle.
Since ripe puerh oxidizes, it looks like a black tea. Raw Pu-erh can take on the appearance of green or white tea - i.e. no oxidation. Both teas can be found in cake form, large cakes, or little cakes. But it's also common for tea makers to break up the cakes into loose form for easy serving or blending.
Unlike other teas, Pu-erh if stored properly can improve in quality
Puerh has a distinctive taste!
Raw puerh can have the characteristics of a green or white tea. But ripe puerh has a darker flavor profile, much like a black tea but with earthy characteristics. And the longer a puerh is aged, the more smooth and mellow it becomes. And unlike black tea, Puerh doesnt have those bitter and astringent characteristics that some black teas have, especially when they are over steeped.
Like black tea, Puerh can be blended with other teas and ingredients to come up with some amazing flavor combinations!
You can rebrew Puerh tea over and over!
Talk about bang for the buck, pure puerh tea has the ability for 2nd, 3rd or more additional brews. A few oolong and white teas can do this, but puerh is one of the top teas for multiple steeps.
Puerh is healthy!
We all know tea in general is a health drink. But there are unique aspects to puerh tea that are not found in any other type.
- Cholesterol. Fermentation develops naturally occurring lovastatin, a chemical found in prescription drugs that lower cholesterol.
- Weight loss. Studies have indicated that the components in Pu-erh helped to prevent the body from creating new fat while burning more body fat.
- Digestion. Research has shown that puerh tea helps to break down fats and lips and balance the good bacteria in the gut. Chinese culture has used puerh for centuries to "cut the grease" and help improve digestion after heavy meals.
Does Pu-erh have caffeine?
Yes - but in general it's slightly lower than most black teas, with most probably being around 30-40mg per 8oz serving.
How to purchase Puerh
There are many different type of Pu-erh tea, but we recommend purchasing samples, or even a sampler collection. This way you can try out the different varieties as a modest price. When starting out, we also recommend flavored varieties.