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PU'ER TEA
THE RAREST, THE PUREST

In the Yunnan Province of China, far from any pollution tea trees grew among the oldest in the world. For generations, these tea of forests are cultivated by the Bulang, a buddhist minority among the oldest in Yunnan. For the Bulangs, just as for true tea lovers, Pu’er is a treasure. It is the only tea variety in the world to benefit from the riches of ancestral human culture and the wonders of nature. Thanks to a slow, cold fermentation process, authentic Pu’er teas improve with age and only achieve excellence after tens of years.

And what the Bulangs have understood intuitively has now been demonstrated by the very latest scientific studies of Pu’Er teas. This tea which is unique in the world, contains almost 50 different types of microorganisms (phylums) which contribute to the cold fermentation, making it a product of rare biological diversity, almost like a fine wine. Pu’er has therefore become to Chinese teas what les grand crus are to French wine. For some experts, it encapsulates the very essence of Chinese culture.

 

 

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THE MOLECULAR RICHNESS OF PU'ER TEAS FROM FORESTS WITH A DIVERSIFIED ECOSYSTEM 
Detoxifying and regenerating – the many benefits associated with the tea leaves have been known and used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years, and a large number have recently been confirmed by Western medical research.
The Yunnan tea plant forests represent one of the richest ecosystems on the planet, with a great variety of plant and animal that enhance the tea trees. It is just this range of tree species that enhances the soils, trunks and branches with a range of microorganisms. The animals living here feed on these plants and distribute this biological diversity in a virtuous circle. 

 

As well as being crucial to the soil, the micro-biodiversity is essential for the trunk, the branches, leaves and flowers of the tea plants. It is principally lichens, mosses and ephiphytic plants that form associations with the tea plant leaves and which in part constitute the unique microflora of Pu’Er tea, subsequently participating in the richness of its fermentation.

The tea trees of the forest are domestic and non-cultivated, sometimes living for hundreds of years without ever being treated with fertiliser or pesticide, of which they have no need. They flourish in rich and fertile soils, under perfect shade conditions and with a low density of trees per square metre. Harvests are only carried out two or three times a year, unlike the five harvests of the terrace plantation teas, which allows the leaves time to absorb their fill of beneficial molecules.

The original Pu’Er tea of the Yunnan forests, preserved from any pollution, is the purest, rarest and most concentrated in detoxifying properties.

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