By TraNews Reporter Tsai, Cong-Ting
HSINCHU, TAIWAN (TraNews) – Pu-erh tea is a type of post-fermented tea famous for its health giving benefits, very low caffeine levels and rich, unique and soothing flavor. Besides, the production process of Pu-erh tea is slightly different from Taiwan tea. Although Pu-erh tea can be improved in taste by aging, the tea’s physical properties and storage will affect the result of flavor, taste and quality.
Surely most people have tried tea before, but few probably have seen artistically crafted tea brick. The so-called tea bricks, also known as compressed tea, are blocks of finely ground post-fermented tea leaves that have been packed in molds and pressed into block form or any other shapes.
Although tea bricks are less commonly produced these days, many post-fermented teas can still be found in bricks, discs, balls and other pressed forms, with patterns such as the Chinese zodiac signs. Due to their density and hardness, tea bricks are not meant for drinking but for decorative purposes, so tea brick collectors would only wait to savor the tea until the surface of tea bricks is slowly peeling off.