2014 Fu Cha

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2014 Fu Cha

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An extremely rare fermented tea from Shaanxi in North Central China that utilizes jing hua (literally translated as “golden flowers”), a golden microbe that aids digestion, promotes general health and well-being, and provides essential minerals. Brews up a beautiful bronze color and tastes like peach, caramelized pear, bread, and vanilla with a very slight touch of anise. Like no other tea. A totally unique, wonderful experience.

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One of the most interesting and mysterious teas in China, Fu Cha is, like puerh, a hei cha (a dark or post-fermented tea). However, unlike puerh, which comes exclusively from Yunnan, Fu Cha is from the southern part of Shaanxi Province in north central China, a major cultural crossroads where Mongolian, Tibetan, and many indigenous influences meet and hybridize. Fu Cha differentiates itself from puerh in that its fermentation is caused by one particular microorganism – jing hua (literally translated as “golden flowers”), a golden microbe that, according to various medicinal traditions in the area, aids digestion, promotes general health and well-being, and provides essential minerals and nutrients for people who depend almost exclusively on animal proteins and fats since their lands don’t generally support plant life very well. This tea is very popular in northwestern China and Mongolia, where many people consume it after every meal. This particular Fu Cha has been aging since 2014, so there is an abundance of visible (and very beautiful) jing hua on the compressed, dry leaves. The tea brews up a beautiful bronze color and tastes like peach, caramelized pear, and vanilla with a very slight touch of anise. It’s really like no other tea. A totally unique, wonderful experience, and great for your health.

Instructions: 3-4 g tea, 6-8 oz. of 208° water. Steep once for 5-10 seconds then dump this liquid. Steep again for 15-20 seconds and enjoy. Repeat up to 10-12 times, adding 5-10 seconds each time.

See our Temperature Guide for help.