Organic Pu Erh Tea

Classically earthy and deep flavored with a thick cup and dark liquor

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic Pu Erh Tea
$10.25
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Organic Pu Erh Tea

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This organic Pu-Erh Tea offers the best of both worlds - classic pu-erh flavor and aroma at an affordable price. Plus, it is now Fair Trade Certified! The larger-sized organic tea leaves render a dark red-brown infusion with moderate body. A great everyday organic Chinese tea, and perfect for those just being introduced to pu-erh teas!

Ingredients: organic Chinese pu-erh tea

Origin: Cang Yuan Rang Sai Tea Farms, Yunnan, China

Organic Tea from Yunnan Province, China

Known for its high iron content, the soil of Yunnan is rich, dark red and sustains some of the oldest tea trees in the world. 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). The Cang Yuan Rang Sai Tea Farmers Group is located in Lincang (just northwest of Pu-erh) in Yunnan. Lincang is the mountainous home of the Wa ethnic minority and most of the Rang Sai Tea farmers belong to this ethnic group. Lincang houses the world's oldest tea tree, some 3200 years old, in Jinxiu village, Xiaowan town, of Fengqing County. Read our blog post about our trip to Pu Erh, China!

Steeping Instructions

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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

  • Trish

    "This helps settle my stomach after a big meal."

  • Sarah

    "Pu-Erh is a wonderful tea. I had never had Pu-Erh before working at Arbor Teas and I am so glad to make its acquaintance! Aubrey made me a glass of iced Pu-Erh, which began my love affair with Pu-Erh…"

  • Jeremy

    "For a newcomer to Pu Erh, this tea is an excellent value!"

Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Tea

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 Recipes

Pu Erh: A National Secret

Pu-Erh Tea Tradition

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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  • 4
    A nice tea when you want something a little different

    Posted by Rob on 13th May 2018

    I’m fairly new to Pu Erh and this was another good starting point. Earthy and a little funky at first (in a good way). Yes, there is a slight aroma of fishyness, but give it a chance. The more I drink it the more I like it.

  • 3
    Tasty

    Posted by Debbie Shipley on 29th Sep 2017

    Although I have given it only 3 stars this is a very smooth and light to medium tea .... but there is the light aroma of fish, just a slight smell. You do not taste it in the tea which is really nice. This is my first Pu erh tea and I'm not giving up on it as I said it is a really nice tea, just the light fish smell I will need to get use to it.

  • 5
    Love this tea!

    Posted by Kelly Richmond on 8th Apr 2017

    Thank you Arbor for making this tea! I quite coffee for health reasons and this is my lifesaver. Many other teas give me headaches but this tea is just right for me. I don't even miss coffee any more. When Arbor was out of stock of this tea I attempted to order some elsewhere. It was a bad mistake. I ended up ordering wild tree tuo cha instead and now I love that tea as well! I love that I can steep this multiple times too. So. Yum.

  • 5
    First Pu-erh I have had

    Posted by Samuel Godsey on 2nd Feb 2017

    This was my first encounter with Pu-erh and I gotta say, I loved it! Very dark and slightly sweet. I could see it being a good coffee replacement! I could definitely tell it is aged and that is not a bad thing!!! I really enjoyed this tea and can see myself buying more in the future!

  • 5
    Resembles dark coffee

    Posted by Derek on 12th Feb 2016

    Reminds me of a dark coffee. It's bold, dark, non-bitter, lots of flavor. Mmmmm... One of my favorites!

  • 4
    Mmmmm

    Posted by Bryan Rose on 19th May 2015

    I agree with the reviewer that stated mildly "Fishy" scent wise. I disagree however with the person who stated this has no body. I am not the best when it comes to Tea reviews, but this tea definitely has a "body". Reminded me of a Pu Erh Tea I bought from Adagio a long time back and which was my only experience into this tea bracket. Very potent smell which is very "dry" smelling or something of the sort. Im at a loss for how to describe this thing taste wise. But I wouldnt call it "bad". Its pretty good, has allot of "umph" though and better than adagios play on whatever this particular tea is. 4/5

  • 3
    Just not for me

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Jul 2013

    I find this has an odd "earthy" flavor to it. I might even say "fishy." Oh well, It is part of the tea adventure.

  • 5
    I keep coming back....

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Dec 2012

    This is the third time I have purchased this tea. I keep coming back, even while I am still trying new variants of this tea. The bold, yet non-bitter taste allow me to have this tea without the normal bite of a regular black tea. I cannot get enough! I usually have upwards to 14 cups a day.

  • 5
    The Best I have Found

    Posted by Parker on 20th Oct 2012

    I have been drinking tea for many years. After trying to find the perfect tea, I happened to stumble upon this loose leaf tea. I have tried different teas of this kind grown at several different altitudes, differernt areas of the U.S., different countries of origin. This is it. This is the perfect and most fantastic tea that I have had in the loose leaf variety. I am able to brew it exactly to the specifications; it is smooth and wonderfully bitter free! I love this tea, and I am on my 2nd round of the 10 oz. bag. I am even going for the tin this time to see if this helps keep the freshness!

  • 4
    I Really Enjoy It -- Good Puerh

    Posted by Suzanne P. on 23rd Jul 2012

    I have been drinking this Puerh for several months and really enjoy it! I had to write this review because I don't agree with the other reviewer who called this tea "insipid". I first learned about this tea from Dr. Oz. I find it to be very mellow and smooth. I steep mine for 10 minutes and enjoy every drop! PS - I've done lots of price comparisons for organic Puerh and this is a deal!

  • 1
    Poorest Example of Pu Erh

    Posted by Joseph Paulson on 19th Jul 2012

    From the first encounter with the dry leaf, this tea disappoints. The leaves are light brown, I anticipated they would be much darker if not black. The scent of the leaves is remarkably thin for such a notoriously "stinky" tea. It does brew a dark, reddish liquor, true to form. But that's where its similarity with true Pu Erhs ends. The liquor has a dingy aroma. Bland, characterless, dingy. Don't mistake this for an oversight, I am familiar with the "cave-floor", wonderfully earthy aromas and flavors that this tea can deliver. This was not that. This tea is utterly insipid. Lacking in any and all complexity. Absolutely no body. There was nothing I could do to coax a single pleasing quality from this tea. I feel like many vendors sell weak, middling Pu Erhs to customers because Pu Erh is a bit of an acquired taste, and the true qualities of Pu Erh can put off an average tea drinker. So to head them off at the pass they present mediocre offerings in the hopes they won't be found as offensive. Keep in mind, some varieties are known as "Camel's Breath". Most Earl Grey sippers wouldn't want anything to do with that sort of thing. But I think Arbor should present a better representative of this nuanced and incredible tea. If they must list an "Every-Man's Pu Erh" or a dumbed-down version, they should state it plainly. Something to the effect of, "An option for those looking to try a very different type of tea." Even if this was presented as a Pu Erh for Pu Erh virgins, it should still have more going on. I have to add that one of the finest exemplars of Pu Erh I've ever encountered was purchased in a Chinese convenience grocery in Montreal for 3.99 A POUND! Okay, so it wasn't organic, but it should give the reader an idea that there are very low priced Pu Erhs available that are much truer to form. Don't spend your hard-earned money on this brown water.

  • 5
    Couldn't stop drinking this tea!!

    Posted by Kirsten VT on 29th May 2012

    WOW! I so enjoyed this flavor! I plan to order a lot more!!

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