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Tuo Cha Pu-Erh Tea


The 16 oz size includes a 15% discount.



Tuo Cha Pu-Erh Tea

Tuo Cha Pu-Erh Tea (or PuErh) is a Nest shaped pod of compressed green tea. Each makes tea for 3. Full bodied with a hint of oak. A lightish tea. Leaves can be brewed multiple times.

Tuo Cha Pu-Erh Tea is an ancient variety of tea grown from a big leaf tea variety, (Camellia assamica), grown in Yunnan province which is sometimes referred to as the “Kingdom of Tea”. It is said that in Yunnan there is a tea tree of this variety growing over 200 feet tall that is more than 1700 years old.

Although it is not known exactly when Tou cha pods were first produced, they do have a long and rich history. Like tea bricks, Tou cha tea pods are made by compressing steamed tea leaves into a form. Its compact shape, and the fact that as a variety of Pu-erh, Tou cha generally improves with age meant that like tea bricks, the tea traveled exceptionally well and was even used as currency along the ancient spice caravan routes of China.

But why the round bowl shape of the pods? Well, legend has it that in parts of ancient China people believed that the heavens were shaped like an upturned bowl with the stars painted inside. And the tea, with its sweetish earthy flavor and uplifting character, came to be associated with the earth itself – (in fact, the tea is known as “earth tea” in some parts of China). Being a spiritual people, the makers of the tea began pressing it into the cup-like shape of the heavens. So processed, the tea came to signify the “oneness” of the universe.

Try a cup for yourself – break off a piece of a large pod. Savor the musty scent of this unique tea and ponder the universe, or any other subject of your choice – like your next tea order!

If you are a fan of Pu-erh tea, we also have China Yunnan Pu-erh, Ginger Orange Pu-erh and Scottish Caramel Pu-erh.  They all have the distinctive Pu-erh flavor, plus any flavors added for the flavored varieties.

Steeping Instructions
Hot Tea Steeping Instructions: Break off 1/3 of the tou cha for each 8oz of water in your tea cup or teapot. Using a tea infuser to hold the tea makes it easier. Pour boiling water over the tea. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Use an entire tou cha for a 24 ounce pot of tea.

Contains: Pu-Erh tea

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Tea Sizes

2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz

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