Puer, formally spelled as Pu’er (pǔ-ěr) 普洱, aka Po Lei, Bolay, Pu-erh, Pu Er, Chinese restaurant tea etc, is by far the most known dark tea that is a large subcategory in itself.This article serves as a general introduction to the varieties that are most seen and consumed: the modern loose leaf tea that is post-fermented using a wu-dui process.Home Café Owner Pu’er: The Fermented Tea That Everyone Wants to Try Deep within the forests of Yunnan, China, a special type of tea is made, one that is unlike any other: Pu’er. Pu’er tea has been sold for hundreds of dollars per pound, has been plagued by fakes, and is a mainstay on a specialty tea menu.Ripe vs raw pu-erh tea: Raw Pu-erh is made from non-fermented tea leaves that are roasted, sun-dried, then steamed and compressed into cakes which are aged until the tea’s taste is properly transformed. Ripe Pu-erh goes through the same step, then when producing the cakes it undergoes a procedure, called ‘wet piling’.Pu erh tea tastes like dirt! That’s what you’ll hear some people say when they first try pu erh taste. Those who had a bad experience trying this post-fermented tea the first time, might believe you need an acquired taste for it.Pu-erh tea is considered a fermented tea, and it’s color is a deep reddish-brown tone. The taste is mellow and earthy. There are many ways in which to brew Pu-erh tea, and in the following example we will brew “ripe” Pu-erh tea as it is the easiest to brew.Post-fermented tea, aka Dark tea 後發酵茶、黑茶. Post-fermentation in tea is one which is brought about by microbe activities — fermentation in the truest sense of the word. This process, similar in broad definition as in the production of vinegar, wine, yogurt or soya sauce etc, causes a dramatic change in the chemical nature of the raw material.Understanding the Difference between Raw Pu-erh Tea and Ripe Pu-erh Tea Pu’er tea is divided into raw tea and ripe tea rely on whether it is fermented, different crafts also giving them differences in appearance, taste and fragrance.Pu’er or pu-erh is a variety of fermented tea produced in the Yunnan province of China. Fermentation in the context of tea production involves microbial fermentation and oxidation of the tea leaves, after they have been dried and rolled. This process is a Chinese specialty and produces tea known as 黑茶 hēichá (literally, ‘black tea’) commonly translated as ‘dark tea’.We sell the finest Organic Sheng Pu’er tea (raw green tea) and Shu Pu’er (ripened black tea) made from sun-dried Shaiqing Mao Cha Green Tea. Pu’er tea has a unique bold and earthy character, and we offer various grades of both sheng and shu pu’er types, all of which are tailor-made for us.