Organic Chocolate Pu Erh Tea

Rich notes of almond and chocolate, medium body without astringency or bitterness

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Organic Chocolate Pu Erh Tea
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Organic Chocolate Pu Erh Tea


This wonderfully aromatic, organic loose leaf tea combines Pu-erh, a traditional Chinese dark tea, with an American favorite - chocolate and almonds. While Pu-erh teas have grown in popularity in the US because of their smooth rich taste and health benefits, some consumers still do not prefer their unique earthy aroma. Our Organic Chocolate Pu-erh Tea offers the perfect solution! With a rich bouquet of almond and chocolate, this tea brews up dark brown with a medium body that has no astringency or bitterness. The mellow cup tastes earthy with hints of carob and almond. Add a little sugar, to enhance the chocolate flavor! Read our blog post about our trip to Pu Erh, China!

Ingredients: organic Chinese pu-erh tea, organic cacao nibs, and natural chocolate and almond flavors

What are Flavored Teas?


Our delicious flavored teas use the same top-quality organic tea that we offer in our unflavored varieties, but are blended with pieces of real fruit, spices, flowers, and 100% natural flavors. When blending our teas, our goal is to create a cup that balances the taste of the tea with the flavors of the additional ingredients so that neither one overpowers. All of the natural flavors we use are either extracts taken directly from the botanical ingredient, or extracted using 100% GMO-free grain alcohol as a solvent. You can rest assured that none of the flavors used in our blends are synthetically or artificially derived, and do not use artificial preservatives.

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend pu-erh teas to be steeped for 5 to 10 minutes in water heated to a full, rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves.If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Sarah

    "Think dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, with no bitterness. Add sugar to recreate a dark chocolate Almond Joy or marzipan-like delight!"

  • Jeremy

    "As a Pu-erh tea “purest”, I was hesitant to develop this tea. But I have to admit, that I am pleasantly pleased by the result. Even Pu-erh lovers will enjoy the combination of chocolate, almond, and Pu-erh."

  • Aubrey

    "I recommend brewing this tea for at least 5 minutes. The darker it gets, the more full-bodied and better it gets!"

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, pu erh tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Pu-Erh specifically has been used in Chinese medicine to support gut health, weight loss, and lower cholesterol.

For more information about the health benefits of pu erh and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Pu Erh: A National Secret


Pu-erh, a city located in the Yunnan Province of China, is the namesake of pu-erh tea, the most famous subset of Chinese heicha (dark tea). Pu-erh processing is a closely guarded secret. Each tea garden has a unique recipe and prides itself on its own distinctive creation. Properly cared for, pu-erh tea is actually alive as enzymes in the tea are allowed to age, greatly enhancing the tea’s flavor over time. This is accomplished by introducing a small amount of moisture at the end of the manufacturing process and allowing the retention of that moisture in the final tea leaf; then aging the leaf in a controlled environment. Pu-erh is the only “aged” tea, and can be fully-oxidized like black tea or unoxidized like green tea. Qing Cha (sometimes referred to as “raw” or “green” pu-erh) is the oldest and most famous version of pu-erh processing. Shu Cha (“ripe” or “cooked” pu-erh) is an accelerated version of Qing Cha that was developed in 1972 to help meet consumer demand. Both methods can produce an excellent tea that improves in value and taste with time, and can be finished as loose leaf tea or pressed into shapes. Pu-erhs that have been aged for 10, 15 or even 25 years and beyond are typically unavailable outside China and are served only to high ranking officials and dignitaries.

For even more information about this and other traditions, visit our Tea Traditions Page!

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  • 5
    Subtle yet delicious

    Posted by Danielle Hall on 12th Mar 2021

    I was surprised that this tea didn't have a stronger flavor based on the lovely aroma that wafts from the bag. We really loved this tea. It has a lovely mouth feel with a hint of cherry/almond flavor at the end. The flavor wasn't overwhelming in our opinion but nice. I try to avoid caffeine, so this is a once in a while treat, but what a treat!

  • 5
    A very accessible Pu Erh tea

    Posted by Ching-shih Yang on 28th Feb 2021

    The Pu erh teas I've had typically had an almost "fishy" kind of funk to it makes it less accessible than the typical tea. This version doesn't have that fishiness at all because of the chocolate flavor. I found that slurping this tea like wine helps with bringing out the chocolate flavor.

  • 5
    It's in the name!

    Posted by Rewa on 22nd Jan 2021

    If your familiar w/ pu-erhs, then you know that the tea itself is the SMOOoothest of teas, even if you go over 5min, hek 10min. Pues are known to be probiotic too, so they're great to drink after meals. This blend is amazing, it offsets the earthy flavor of plain pues on their own. Also, sometimes I add this to my honeybush or roobios to just give it a fruity, chocolatey taste. It's delicious & it's organic!

  • 5
    This is a dream tea!

    Posted by Lillian on 17th Sep 2020

    I am blissfully enjoying my cup of tea while writing this! This tea is so surprisingly delicious! I enjoy pu erh tea, and was a bit skeptical about the chocolate flavor at first. Immediately the skepticism drifted away as the sweet chocolate aroma escaped the bag which made me excited to brew it. It has such a wonderful chocolate flavor that shines through! Personally, I find the tea sweet enough without adding any honey or additional sweeteners. It’s like drinking a decadent brownie or other chocolatey dessert without being overwhelming. If you like chocolate, this is definitely the tea for you!

  • 4
    grew on me

    Posted by Amanda Blaisdell on 28th Jul 2020

    I wasn't sure about this at first, as it tasted a little acidic to me. But, after several cups, it definitely grew on me, and now I love it. The chocolate flavor is perfect here - full-bodied and rich, without being overpowering.

  • 5
    So much better than other chocolate teas!

    Posted by Raina on 8th Apr 2019

    I've searched and searched for a tea that has a true chocolate flavor. The chocolate is not overwhelming, but a perfect balance with the tea. Very enjoyable and has a nice kick.

  • 5
    For chocolate lovers

    Posted by Evgenia Chirkova on 22nd Apr 2018

    This is one of my favorite teas from this company. The chocolate taste is very delicate. I like that it is not too strong and not artificial (it happens too often with chocolate flavors!). Great tea to raise your spirits and warm you up.

  • 5
    My new favorite tea

    Posted by Ciera Smith on 17th Apr 2018

    Absolutely love this tea! I make tea for my sister and I all the time. Kind of a tea addict so always looking for something new. My sister is pretty picky and even she loved it, said this was one she'd want me to keep making. I love the flavor, kind of reminds me of a hot chocolate and tea mixture. I will definitely buy it again.

  • 4
    I was skeptical, but now am pleasantly surprised

    Posted by Joe Brodnicki on 19th Oct 2017

    When my wife said she order chocolate pu erh, I thought, "That's crazy." We tried our first cup today and I was shocked---I really liked it. To me, it doesn't taste much like pu erh (so, if that's what you expect, you'll be disappointed). It has a light mocha-like taste to me. A little sweet, full flavored, but not overpowering. Unlike pu erh, it's better for after a meal than with one. Not an every day tea, but a tasty treat.

  • 5

    Posted by Lauren Stachew on 10th Oct 2017

    Although chocolate teas aren't for everyone, this is an excellent choice if you want a chocolate tea that isn't sweet or artificial tasting. I'm trying to ease my way into pu-erh teas, and this is a great choice! I haven't tried this tea with milk or sugar, but I'm sure if you like that in your tea this would be a great blend for it. I'll be repurchasing this in no time!

  • 5
    Organic Chocolate Pu Erh Tea

    Posted by Jennifer Stempien on 22nd Jun 2017

    I really love this tea. It smells so good both before brewing and after. It is very rich, almost like coffee, but not quite. The chocolate flavor is subtle, but there both in aroma and taste. I might just give up my one morning coffee and switch to this!

  • 1
    Not For Me

    Posted by Melissa on 2nd Apr 2017

    I bought the sample to try it out, and was really excited to try it because of reading all of the positive reviews. I wasn't a fan. The taste wasn't good to me at all.

  • 5
    My Daily Treat

    Posted by LizCTea on 2nd Apr 2017

    I just ordered my sixth bag of the Chocolate PuErh, which should give some idea of how much I love this tea. It's my daily treat and I have at least one or two mugs each morning. I originally found Arbor Teas on-line when I was looking to buy tea in bulk so I could cut down on the amount of wasteful packaging I'm responsible for in the world. To find a company that takes that even further and creates compostable packaging just made my heart sing. My first order, about a year and a half ago, was a small one just to try out the teas. I'm now hooked - on both Arbor Teas' awesome tea quality, and on their very green approach to business.

  • 4

    Posted by Kara on 21st Oct 2016

    The only pu-erh tea I like is flavored pu-erh. This one fits the bill. It has a smooth, delicate chocolate flavor to it. Not bad.

  • 5
    A new must!

    Posted by Yen-Wen on 14th Oct 2016

    I am more than happy to try this new tea. Based on the wonderful reviews, I gave it a try. This is the winner!!! It even wins my heavy coffee drinking husband's heart! Unbelievable! We love the balance of tea, chocolate and almond. Its like a new choice between coffee and tea. How awesome! It's very very smooth! It needs no sugar which I find it pleasing. We will come back for more for sure. Love it love it love it!

  • 5
    My New Favorite Tea

    Posted by Ashley Freelove on 20th Sep 2016

    Every chocolate lover needs to sample this tea! It truly is dessert in a cup and I savor every sip. I had never known what pu-erh tea was until I tried this, and now I wish Arbor Teas had a greater selection to offer! It brewed dark in color and full bodied in flavor, and it can brew for quite a long time without tasting off! I found that the recommended 1 tsp per 8 oz was perfect and yielded an equally delicious smelling and tasting cup of tea. I like to add a small amount or pure maple syrup to my cup as it brings out the chocolate flavor that much more. I drink this tea so often that I now need to reorder a larger size!

  • 5
    This one is a keeper!

    Posted by Cori on 19th Mar 2016

    I have never had Pu Erh tea of any kind, so thought I would try something new. Now I wish I had ordered more of it...will add it to my next order for sure. I love that is is earthy. Added benefit of chocolate....who wouldn't love it?!?!?

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Sep 2015

    So glad I ordered this tea, It is "GREAT "I was pleased with the flavor and the chocolate infusion. Will be back for more.

  • 5

    Posted by Christine on 31st Mar 2015

    I love this tea! I brew it for a full 4 minutes, and then add some soy milk. Honestly, it's better than any hot chocolate I've ever had. Even without the dairy/nondairy addition, the scent of the tea is musky, and earthy, but the taste is wonderful. You can really taste the chocolate, without any sugary after taste.

  • 4

    Posted by Robin K. on 31st Dec 2014

    I've never had Pu Erh before, so I have nothing to compare this to. The scent of the dry leaves is weird, -like paint and licorice, so I wasn't expecting to like it. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It is not bitter at all. You can taste chocolate, and what I assume is the almond flavor tastes a little like coconut. I cannot taste "tea" specifically, but I'm not familiar with pu erh. The taste is good, and very smooth.

  • 5
    Using this tea for Kombucha

    Posted by LC on 3rd Sep 2014

    Do I have to tell you how awesome this tastes. Totally incredible for making kombucha tea. My first ferment should be complete in another day or two; then I plan on doing a second ferment with raspberries or strawberries.

  • 5

    Posted by Nicole on 20th Aug 2014

    This is great! I'm not really sure what I was expecting but it is delicious. It has nice hints of chocolate and is great to make a tea latte with. I would definitely recommend this tea.

  • 4
    Good tea, but no chocolate flavor.

    Posted by Tiffany Kelly on 16th Aug 2014

    I love a strong black tea so I got a sample of this. I was expecting dessert in a cup. It is the best Pu-Ehr I've had, and I recommend brewing for 4-5 minutes. However, I was very disappointed that there was little to no chocolate profile. It is something I would rebuy, but it didn't come out having a nice dark chocolate flavor.

  • 5

    Posted by Danni on 14th May 2014

    I'm really trying to give pu-erh a shot as it's not my favorite, and course, seeing that this had chocolate in it I had to try, I was not disappointed. It's not too strong and it's very fulfilling. This is definitely going to be my go to pu-erh!

  • 5

    Posted by David on 22nd Apr 2014

    This has become my new go-to tea. Lots of body, great aroma. I drink it every single day.

  • 1
    wanted to like it but...

    Posted by madison on 21st Apr 2014

    i really don't like this tea at all. i wish i had ordered a smaller amount to try it out first. i love chocolate and i love puerh, but the tea does neither justice. sorry!

  • 5

    Posted by Cathy on 24th Aug 2013

    This tea is absolutely fantastic. It is rich and delicious but not overpowering. My taste buds just did a little jig =)

  • 5
    Really surprised....

    Posted by Susan on 5th Jul 2013

    at how chocolaty this tea is. I'm a huge fan of dark chocolate and this tea has the same rich flavor. I truly could not stop drinking it.I made it iced for the summer.

  • 4

    Posted by Lauren on 20th Mar 2013

    This is the very first pu-erh I have ever had, and I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. It has a very pleasant medium-bodied taste, and the chocolate works surprisingly well with the tea base. With a little bit of sugar in it, it satisfied my sweet tooth very well!

  • 4
    Great and curbs that chocolate craving

    Posted by Unknown on 21st Jan 2013

    Finished my first bag of this tea and ordering a 2nd. Add a little bit of stevia, and this is perfect. I do steep it longer than recommended and usually get 2 cups of tea out of one serving. Yummy.

  • 5
    Followup to my previous review

    Posted by Mulemamma on 14th Oct 2012

    I forgot to mention that you don't have to steep for 15-30 seconds, throw this away & restart a new cup from this batch. Good taste from the first steeping!

  • 5
    Absolutely Awesome

    Posted by Mulemamma on 14th Oct 2012

    I've reviewed other websites for pu erh tea & they were not very favorable. I was hoping that this tea didn't smell like barnyard urine or dirt or other comments that were expressed with other pu erh teas. This particular flavored pu erh is fantastic and so happy that I ordered the largest quantity! This will be one of my favorites & will gladly reorder this tea when the time comes.

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