Breaking a block of puer tea, the idiot-proof method

Puer cha. A Chinese black tea. It’s really black. The “English tea” is called red in Asian terminology. The difference is this black tea is fermented, dried and aged. Well, I bought a few disks of it a few years ago :

Bricks are convenient for storage when you age it. But that’s a bit big for one cup. And this a small model (about 100 grammes).

The other side is imprinted with the character for tea.

That’s hard. Like a brick. How do I brew that ? I have to break it in smaller chunks. They sell some sort of ice-picks to do the job. I tried once. I could show you the scar on my finger, but I don’t remember which one that was.

SAFE METHOD :

Just turn. And turn back.

Easy, you can’t miss it. So several holes… then you can pull easily :

Pieces come apart easily. Then store in a nice tea box :

Ready to be brewed.

2 thoughts on “Breaking a block of puer tea, the idiot-proof method

  1. It’s been a while since I visited your site. I like the new look. 🙂 I love tea, but I’ve never seen bricks of tea like this. How interesting!

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