Of all the types of tea you can find in the world, Pu-erh is among the most mysterious. While other types of tea are categorized by their level of oxidation, Pu-erh represents a category of fully-oxidized tea, fermented and ripened by time. Highly prized and produced in the region of Yunnan in southern China, Pu-erh offers a smooth and complex earthy flavor unlike any other tea, with an enticingly deep cup color.


Pu-erh offers a truly unique tea experience, available in both ripe and raw selections.The Pu-erh found more commonly are ripe Pu-erhs, also known as Shu Cha Pu-erh, aged and fermented over time. You will not find another tea that is as dark and full, complex and hearty with smooth elegance. In contrast to this intense flavor is the light and silky raw Pu-erh with a subtly sweet finish, only offered in cakes.

How to Brew Pu-erh Cakes

Ripe Cakes

Ripe Pu-erh cakes indicate that the leaves have been aged, just as our loose leaf pu-erh and sachet offerings. To brew the ripe Pu-erh cakes, dislodge about one teaspoon of tea leaves and follow the instructions below.

    1. Bring fresh, filtered water to a boil (212℉).
    2. Optional: Preheat your cup with boiling water, then discard the water. You can do this by pouring water into a teapot, and then pouring water from the teapot into your cups.
    3. Place your leaves in the teapot and pour 8-10 ounces of water directly over the leaves.
    4. Allow the leaves to steep for 5 minutes. Feel free to use our timer.
    5. After 5 minutes, place a basket strainer over your cup and pour the tea so that any leaves will be caught by the strainer.
    6. Serve the contents of the teapot and enjoy. Note: do not allow the tea leaves in your teapot continue to steep.*

*If you’d like to sip and enjoy a leisurely pot, you will want to use a strainer inside of your teapot rather than strain the leaves while you are pouring. That way, the leaves will not be left in the pot to continue steeping. Simply find a strainer that can rest inside of your teapot like this one, steep the leaves inside the strainer, then remove the strainer after 5 minutes.

Raw Cakes

Delicate and smooth, raw Pu-erh should be treated like a green or white tea when brewed, so use lower temperature water and a shorter steep time to prevent the tea from becoming coarse and sharp. To brew, bring fresh, filtered water to about 190℉, dislodge 1 teaspoon of the Pu-erh cake and steep for 3 minutes. Discard the leaves and enjoy.

How to Brew Pu-erh Sachets

      1. Bring fresh, filtered water to a boil (212℉).
      2. Optional: Preheat your cup with boiling water, then discard the water.
      3. Place the sachet in your chosen vessel, whether it is a teapot or a teacup. Pour about 8 ounces of hot water over the sachet.
      4. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Feel free to use our timer.
      5. After 5 minutes, remove the sachet and enjoy.

How to Brew Loose Leaf Pu-erh

      1. Bring fresh, filtered water to a boil (212℉).
      2. Optional: Preheat your cup with boiling water, then discard the water. You can do this by pouring water into a teapot, and then pouring water from the teapot into your cups.
      3. Measure your tea leaves. We recommend using about 1 teaspoon (3 grams) of loose leaf tea for every 8-10 ounces of water.
      4. Place your leaves in the teapot and pour 8-10 ounces of water directly over the leaves.
      5. Allow the leaves to steep for 5 minutes. Feel free to use our timer.
      6. After 5 minutes, place a basket strainer over your cup and pour the tea so that any leaves will be caught by the strainer.
      7. Serve the contents of the teapot and enjoy. Note: do not allow the tea leaves in your teapot continue to steep.*

*If you’d like to sip and enjoy a leisurely pot, you will want to use a strainer inside of your teapot rather than strain the leaves while you are pouring. That way, the leaves will not be left in the pot to continue steeping. Simply find a strainer that can rest inside of your teapot like this one, steep the leaves inside the strainer, then remove the strainer after 5 minutes.

Gaiwan Style Brewing

Because Pu-erh leaves tend to be rolled, a Gaiwan or Gong Fu style steeping can be an excellent way to explore the flavor of this particular type of tea. Brewing loose leaf or pieces of a Pu-erh cake in a gaiwan over multiple steepings allows you to watch the leaves unfurl over time and experience the flavor at different stages in the extraction process. Starting with a light flavor and cup color, then developing into a dark and rich experience, watch how the tea evolves and until it reaches its full extraction.

      1. Bring fresh, filtered water to about 190℉.
      2. Place 1 tablespoon of loose leaf Pu-erh or Pu-erh cake directly into your teapot.
      3. Fill the pot with hot water, allowing the leaves to sit for about 10 seconds, then discard the water. We refer to this first steeping as the wake-up steeping. This will help to initially unfurl the leaves, which facilitates further extraction in later steeps.
      4. Once again, fill the pot with water just off the boil, pouring directly over the leaves. Wait approximately 30 seconds, then pour the tea through a strainer into your teacup and drink.
      5. Continue with 30 second steeps as many times as you like, enjoying the changing flavor with each steeping. As time passes, look to see the evolution of the leaf and the deepening of the liquor color. Once the strength of the tea no longer comes through, the leaves have been fully extracted.