Loose pu-erh tea is a fermented, dark losse pu erh thee  tea with an earthy, woody and sometimes smoky flavor profile. Also known as poo-erh, pu-erh tea or Pu’er, this unique tea is made with large leaf Camellia Sinensis (tea) trees from China’s Yunnan Province. The area’s subtropical highland climate produces large leaves and thick stems, perfect for making pu-erh tea. Our Davidson’s loose pu-erh is sourced directly from small tea farmers, many with generations of experience growing pu-erh in their family tradition.

Unlike black teas, which are oxidised during production, pu-erh is aged through pile fermentation or slow aging of the tea. Aged pu-erh teas have a richly mellow taste and earthy aroma and are enjoyed by tea aficionados. We offer both Raw and Ripened Pu-erh teas, both as traditional bingcha tea cakes or pressed into tuos or bricks for aging.

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Like green and oolong teas, loose pu-erh tea is a great source of healthful polyphenols which are antioxidants that can protect the heart and blood vessels. It is loaded with beneficial bacteria and a diversity of digestive enzymes and has the lowest caffeine content of any of our teas. This makes it a great tea for weight loss or to aid digestion after meals.

Our ripe pu-erh teas undergo an initial wet fermentation process called “wet piling”. They are then pressed into tuos, bingcha and bricks for aging. Ripened pu-erh teas are usually a combination of different leaf grades which bring their own distinct flavors to the final product.