What is Pu-erh Tuo Cha & What are the health benefits?
1. What is Pu-erh Tuo Cha?
Pu-erh Tuo Cha is a type of tea that is made from Pu-erh tea leaves. Pu-erh tea leaves are compressed into small, round cakes called "Tuo Cha". Pu-erh tea is also compressed into cakes but Tuo Cha is unique to Pu-erh. Pu-erh Tuo Cha has a unique blend of both bitter and sweet tastes that makes it a popular choice for tea lovers.
2. History of Pu-erh Tuo Cha
Pu-erh Tuo Cha has a long history that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. The Tang Dynasty was a time of great prosperity and saw a rise in the popularity of tea. Pu-erh Tuo Cha was one of the earliest types of tea to be made during this time and quickly became popular among the people.
3. What are the health benefits of Pu-erh Tuo Cha?
There are many health benefits of Pu-erh Tuo Cha. Some of the key benefits include:
1). Weight Loss
Pu-erh Tuo Cha is a great tea for weight loss. The blend of bitter and sweet flavors helps to suppress appetite and promote weight loss.
Pu-erh Tuo Cha is also a great detox tea. The detoxifying properties of Pu-erh help to cleanse the body and remove toxins from the system.
Pu-erh Tuo Cha is also great for digestion. The tea helps to stimulate the digestive system and promote healthy digestion.
Pu-erh Tuo Cha is also a great anti-aging tea. The tea helps to improve circulation and promotes a youthful skin appearance.
5). Cancer Prevention
Pu-erh Tuo Cha has been shown to help prevent cancer. The tea contains high levels of antioxidants that help to fight free radicals and protect against cancer cell growth.
6). Overall Health Improvement
The many health benefits of Pu-erh Tuo Cha help to improve overall health and well-being. The tea helps to boost energy, mental function and promotes overall health.
4. Is Puerh Tuo Cha good for weight loss?
Yes! Puerh is known to suppress appetite and promote weight loss because of its bitter taste that may cause the body to release stored fat into the bloodstream to be burned as energy due to an increase in metabolism from the caffeine content in Puerh tea. Fat is also more likely to be burned as fuel over carbohydrates when the caffeine content is increased; thus leading to weight loss. (That's not all) Another factor that causes Puerh tea to promote weight loss is due to a hormone called adiponectin, known as the "fat-burning" hormone, which is found in abundance in Puerhs' ability to control cholesterol.
5. How to Select a Good Pu-erh Tuo Cha?
When choosing a good Pu-erh Tuo Cha, for example, the Tuo Cha in the picture above or our website, there are a few things to take into consideration.
1). A good Pu-erh Tuo Cha is tightly compressed and has a darker color.
2). The surface of a Pu-erh Tuo Cha is flat, with no obvious bubbles inside the tea leaves.
3). The tea should have a mellow and earthy aroma, with a slight hint of camphor.
4). The taste should be smooth and mellow, with a long-lasting aftertaste.
5). Pu-erh Tuo Cha can be stored for many years, but it is best enjoyed within the first two years of production.
These are just a few tips on how to select a good Pu-erh Tuo Cha. For more information, please feel free to contact us.
5. How to Brew Pu-erh Tuo Cha? Step by Step guide.
The Tuo Cha is distinct from the Tea Cake or Brick in that it does not require to split into loose tea leaves. You don't need to break up the tea into tiny pieces. A single Tuo Cha will produce a perfect cup of Pu-erh tea. Here are the steps below to follow.
Step 1. Choose a teapot (recommended to use ceramic, glass, or Yixing clay teapot).
Step 2. Put one Pu-erh Tuo Cha into the pot.
Step 3. Pour boiled water into the teapot and wait for 3-5 minutes before pouring out the soup.
Step 4. To filter the loose tea leaves, pour the tea soup into a strainer.
Step 5. Pour the tea soup into each small cup and enjoy.
- Use high-quality and distilled water, such as spring water or filtered water. Avoid
- The water temperature should be around 95-100°C.
- Brew for about 3-5 minutes for the first infusion, and then increase or decrease the brewing time depending on your preference.
- For the second infusion, add a small amount of hot water (about 80°C) to the pot and brew for about 5-10 seconds.
- Do not brew the tea for more than 30 minutes as this will destroy its subtle flavors and aromas.
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6. Are there different types of Pu-erh Tuo Cha?
There are two main types of Pu-erh Tuo Cha – Sheng Pu-erh Tuo Cha and Shu Pu-erh Tuo Cha.
Sheng Pu-erh Tuo Cha is made from raw (unfermented) tea leaves, while Shu Pu-erh Tuo Cha is made from ripe (fermented) tea leaves.
Sheng Pu-erh Tuo Cha is the older, original type of Pu-erh Tuo Cha and has a stronger flavor and aroma. Shu Pu-erh Tuo Cha is mellower in flavor and has a longer storage life.
There are also many different varieties of Pu-erh Tuo Cha, including the following:
A). Black Pu-erh Tuo Cha (also known as Red or Hong) - made from raw tea leaves that are allowed to dry and then oxidized with high temperature. The color is dark red after brewing. This variety of Pu-erh tea has a stronger flavor and aroma than Sheng Pu-erh Tuo Cha.
B). Green Pu-erh Tuo Cha - made from raw tea leaves that are steamed and then compressed into tuos. This variety of Pu-erh tea is green in color and has a light, refreshing taste.
C). White Pu-erh Tuo Cha - made from raw tea leaves that are steamed, rolled into balls or bings, and then compressed into tuos. The surface of White Pu-erh is smoother than other varieties of Pu-erh Tea Cake. This variety of Pu-erh has a lighter taste but longer storage life.
7. How do I store Pu-erh Tuo Cha?
Pu-erh Tuo Cha can be stored for many years, but it is best enjoyed within the first two years of production. The tea should be kept in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
8. How much caffeine is in Pu-erh Tuo Cha?
The caffeine content in Pu-erh Tuo Cha varies depending on the variety of tea leaves used to make the cake. Typically, a 7-oz cup of Pu-erh Tuo Cha tea contains about 50 to 60mg caffeine.
9. Side effects of drinking Pu-erh Tuo Cha
There are no clear side effects of drinking Pu-erh Tuo Cha. But a few customers reported that their stomach starts to hurt after drinking Pu-erh Tea. This is usually caused by an allergic reaction to the tea leaves since many of the ingredients in Pu-erh Tuo Cha are different from those in other kinds of teas. Anyone who is allergic to tea should not drink Pu-erh Tuo Cha.