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About Pu Erh

Benefits of Pu Erh Tea

In the Ming Dynasty, Compendium of Materia Medica (本草綱目) written by Li Shi Zhen is one of the most complete medical books written on traditional Chinese medicine.  Within the book, Pu Erh is mentioned as being, “slightly bitter but helps cuts the grease of a rich meal and aid digestion.” 

Other benefits include:

  • Great alternative to coffee
  • Help increase metabolism for weight loss
  • Aids digestion and degrease food after a heavy meal
  • Contains GABA and theanine that have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels
  • Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help strengthen the body
  • Great Cha Chi, or tea energy, try it!

General Information About Pu Erh

Pu Erh (Pu Er) is a city in Yunnan City, China.  Eventually, the name has become synonymous to the tea produced here. 

Pu Erh Map

Traditionally, teas from this region were produced by minority ethnic groups for their own consumption.  Eventually, the teas were traded as commodities to Tibet and Mongolia.  For easy transportation, the teas were rolled and packed into cake/pie shapes – of which has become a distinguishing characteristic today compared to other teas!

In general, there are two broad types of Pu Erh:

  • Sheng/Raw/Green
  • Shu/Ripe/Red

The Shu/Ripe/Red tea processing method was only invented in the 1970s as a means to speed up the aging process of the tea!