Welcome to our selection of Tea Bricks, Cakes and Shapes
While most teas are available in convenient loose leaf and teabag forms, several Chinese Yunnan and Pu-erh teas are still manufactured in various sized bricks, cakes and pieces. These styles were the preferred methods of tea production centuries ago. These formats allowed the tea to travel long distances with ease. When this style of tea was brewed, a piece of the brick or cake was then broken off by using a small knife or tool.
Brewing Tips: Pu-erh tea should be made with cold, filtered water that has been brought to a temperature just short of boiling (190-200° F). Using one rounded teaspoon of loose tea or one teabag for each cup required, pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and allow to steep. When brewing our Pu-erh Tuo Cha, pour the boiling water over each compressed piece to make about 16 ounces of hot tea. Make sure to remove the protective paper wrapping that oftentimes covers each individual tuo cha before brewing! Pu-erh tea begins to infuse at about 1 ½ minutes and increases to an ideal brewing time of 5 minutes. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping. However, varying from black teas, Pu-erh will not turn bitter if over-steeped.
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