Puer Tea

Puer tea is a type of fermented tea. These unusual teas continue to ferment very slowly after they are made and develop deeper flavor and complexity over time. According to Chinese medicine, puer tea can be very soothing for digestion and help detoxify the body. There are two types of puer: sheng, loosely translated as “raw,” and shu, loosely translated as “cooked.” Normally, it takes decades for sheng puer’s complex robustness to age and acquire a smoother, darker character like that of shu puer. However, in the 1970s, a tea master discovered a way to speed up the ripening process by piling up large quantities of leaves and carefully mixing them as they naturally generate heat and moisture. This resulted in the invention of shu puer, which mimics the smoothness and sweetness of a well-aged sheng puer. We offer a variety of both sheng and shu puer cakes, as well as some loose leaf puers.

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Sheng Puer


Shu Puer

The first cup kisses away my thirst,
and my loneliness is quelled by the second.
The third gives insight worthy of ancient scrolls,
and the fourth exiles my troubles.
My body becomes lighter with the fifth,
and the sixth sends word from immortals.
But the seventh —oh the seventh cup— if I drink you,
a wind will hurry my wings toward the sacred island.

LuTong (795-835A.D.) (trans. Christopher Nelson)

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Tucson Tea House
2516 East 6th Street
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 881-4072

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Phone (520) 628-2952
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