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Pu Erh Tea or Bo Lei, Po Nee

Pu Erh or Bo Lei, Po Nee, depending on how it is transcribed from the Chinese, and on whether you are speaking Cantonese or Mandarin.

A unique speciality from Yunnan, highly regarded for its health benefits.

What Is Pu Erh Tea?

Pu Erh, known as 'red tea', is produced from the same plant as black tea. However, it's production is rather special. Unlike the fermentation process of black tea, Pu Erh is fermented with the aid of special bacteria that results in its deep reddish brown colour and smoky flavour.

Pu Erh is recognized as a diet aid and digestion support.
It is recommended to drink Pu Erh three times a day for three months as part of your weight loss diet. After three months, help to maintain the desired weight by drinking one cup per day.

The word “puerh” really doesn’t refer to a kind of tea. It was once a city within the Yunnan region of China. In 1950, after the Communist Revolution, the city was renamed “Simao”. Then, in 2007, after a tidal wave of puerh madness and popularity, the local government made the decision to call the city by its original name, so it is now once again called “Puerh”, as is the province.

Traditionally, Puerh was the market center where all the tea grown in the region was brought to be traded and/or sold. Later, all the tea from Yunnan came to be known as “Puerh Cha (普洱茶)” or “Tea from Puerh”.

There are many markets today, like Kunming in Yunnan or the biggest puerh market in Guangzhou, where producers trade and sell tea. Many producers and factories nowadays have contracts with particular farmers and buy their crops directly. Since the tea produced in Yunnan is so unique, puerh has come to warrant its own category of tea.