Cup Characteristics: Excellent - think finely roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a light caramel finish.
Ingredients: Black tea (Pu-Erh style), Coffee, Almond pieces, Cocoa pieces, Jasmine petals, Natural flavors (Organic Compliant)
Description: Introducing an answer to the question asked of tea vendors everywhere: "Do you have anything unique?" Ethiopian Mocha Pu-Erh, a rich blend of Chinese Pu-Erh, coffee and butterscotch is about as unique as it gets. Now, before you go asking, "how can you blend tea and coffee together", let's examine the parallels between how both were discovered.
Legend has it that tea was discovered by chance in 2737 BC by ancient Chinese emperor Shennong. The emperor, camped for the night, boiled water to drink. As chance would have it, the wood he was burning came from a tea bush. As it burned, dried leaves rose into the air, landing in his boiling pot. Rather than turn it out, he tasted the water and found that not only was it delicious, it gave him a boost of energy.
Thousands of miles away in Ethiopia, coffee also enjoyed a chance discovery, this time by a goatherd named Kaldi. Kaldi noticed that his goats, after munching on a certain variety of red berry, became full of energy and started "dancing" through the fields. Intrigued, he ate a few of the berries himself and found they also gave him a burst of energy. Amazed, he showed the beans to a monk who threw them into a fire, unimpressed. Kaldi saved the roasted beans, brewed them with some hot water, and the rest is history.
The parallels are clear: two competing products, both discovered by chance after coming in contact with fire, each giving a boost of energy - sounds like a natural pairing to us. Celebrate the coming together of these two ancient brews by steeping a pot of Ethiopian Mocha Pu-erh today. Emperor.goatherd.either way, you're coming out a winner.
What exactly is Pu-erh? According to the Bureau of Standard Measurement of Yunnan Province, Pu-erh teas are: "products fermented from green tea of big tea leaves picked within Yunnan Province." Pu-erh teas undergo a unique fermentation process that infuses them with their defining musty character. In China, many people believe that Pu-erh aids in digestion by breaking down fat in foods.
Why should you be drinking Pu-Erh?
Pu-erh is a fermented tea from China's Yunnan province. For many years it has been prized by practitioners of Chinese Medicine to aid digestion, break down fat in the body, treat arteriosclerosis and more. For a special treat, try pairing it with dim sum, or other Asian themed finger foods.