Pu-Erh Mini Tuo Cha, 2005 (Black/Shou)

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This tea is the best mini tuo cha we have carried. A compressed tea of small whole leaves which gives it a rich, refined taste. Excellent value. Great to bring along for dim sum. (Available in other sizes).

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I started my – can I drink pu’erh at work – experiment today…….

It was recently pointed out to me that if I drank two pu’erh sessions a week, I have enough pu’erh to last 7 years. I need to be drinking more pu’erh – so, I took some of this to work today. I know, I know – I am incredibly fortunate in my tea making supplies/ability at work, but pu’erh is a finicky animal that needs to be taken care of. Dealing with chunks of cakes didn’t seem like a good idea, so I just took some tou.

I don’t think I would take anything “special” to work – and I certainly don’t have space to set up a gong fu situation but using my steeping basket in a mug was ok. Rinse, rinse, quick steep – go back to desk. Can’t take the cup to the desk with it still steeping – I forget about it and then it’s way icky. The other interesting thing is you a different tea every steep – some strong, some mild, some water not hot enough. It all adds up to different flavors coming out. I’m not sure this is the answer to my problem, but if I can drink some of the “just ok stuff” at work then that SHOULD help reduce my stash. Need to keep working on it…..


Good idea. I like the thought of steeping and then bringing it back to my desk. But there’s no where to put my basket etc, other than the staff fridge…


Have you tried combining a whole series of gong fu type steeps in a travel mug and taking that to work?


Bringing the basket back to my desk is fine as long as it’s not still in the cup steeping. Our new coffee station at the back of the room is really good, but the water isn’t hot enough – I know poor me, I need to walk all the way to the kitchen to get 200F water.

Lindsay – I’m spoiled – I drink and make pretty good black tea at work all the time – black works, it’s nice to have good tea all day. LOL tea in travel mug wouldn’t make it TO work. I know first world problems and I should not be complaining..


My work desk is less than idea. It’s a fairly small stone table – not enough room, and SUPER cold.


LOL This is why I can’t quit my job – cheap hotel discounts and great tea making options at work. :)
Stone table as a desk – I would not like that….


It’s terrible. I’ve started wearing wrist warmers. BRR. The space was “designed” and is not actually a useful space…


I drink cheap Sheng grandpa style sometimes at work. You have to make sure you’ve eaten something or it can make you feel nauseous and I use less leaf than I do for gongfucha sessions but it can be pleasant when I’m in the mood. I haven’t attempted shou yet though.

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I’ve been using up random Teavivre and YS samples at work, and *yyz*’s method is similar to mine – I use a little less, steep it for a little longer, and I can usually get a good 2-3 steeps. The hot water dispenser is far enough away that I think it offers a good steep time.


So is this a pretty good company, do you think?

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