Sheng Cupcake Pu-erh

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Pu-erh tea, a fermented style hailing from Yunnan Province, China, has historically been compressed into transportable shapes such as discs or bricks. This version nods to tradition with a modern spin: it’s been formed into small cakes—each approximately 6 grams—ideal for individual servings in a teapot or gaiwan.

The leaves were harvested and processed in 2011 in Lincang, a remote area in southwestern Yunnan. Made in the sheng, or green, style, note the characteristic bright, fruity aroma and flavors of wood and sour plum that last through multiple infusions.

A wonderful introduction to the category—tuck a few into your pocket or bag, and you’ll always be ready to brew!

20 count bag, approximately 3 oz total weight

Country: China
Region: Yunnan
Tasting Notes: sour plum, apple, wood
Year of Production: 2011

Click here to order a small sample size of this tea.


Brew temperature 200º F
Western style brewing 1 piece, 3 minute steep
Gaiwan style brewing 1 piece, 30 second steep

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Lovely gift

I bought two packages --- one for myself and another for my godson, who is a tea connoisseur. (It's a Christmas gift, so I don't have his reaction yet!) I discovered pu'erh tea during a business trip to China and have been a fan ever since. I love the serving size concept and the packaging. Lovely.


Love this one cup wonder. Takes the guess work out of enjoying this handmade cake of tea. Smooth and very drinkable.


I really enjoyed the taste of the tea . I liked the fact that it came with some instructions since I never made Pu’erh tea before. It was the first time I used a cafe form of tea. I wasn’t sure whether to break it or put it in the pot whole. I tried to break it but couldn’t. I’m still wondering if I did the right thing.

Hi Faith,

Thanks for your feedback. It sounds like you made it just fine—the Sheng Cupcakes are designed to be a single serving. The leaves are compressed quite firmly, in order to maintain such a small shape, so it would be difficult to try to break up the disk before brewing.

Once you prepare it, the hot water will naturally open up the shape, allowing for dynamic multiple infusions as different portions of the leaves slowly unfurl. I hope you continue to enjoy it!



Amazing tea in a great form factor. A wonderful gift idea (mine was a gift for a tea-lover friend and he was thrilled to receive it). He even shared a few cupcakes with me! Go for it, you won’t be disappointed.


Great single-shot serving of puer; raw flavor is medium-strength, and fades to a sweeter variant by the 3rd steeping.

Surprised with this one

I fell in love with the Pu Erh loose leaf from In Pursuit Of Tea last year and bought these for travel, I camp a lot and thought it would be a convenient way to pack tea on a trip.

I have have given it 2 tries and am surprused that I am disappointed with this one. Very thin flavors, bitter (not astringent but actually bitter). I almost feel like I got a bad batch or something. It tastes a bit like...well... sand or dirt with no redeeming qualities, I added some milk to the second time I made it and there was no flavor at all when I did that.

I am thrilled with In Pursuit Of Tea. I had to stop drinking coffee over a year ago and have found a lot of joy exploring new teas with IPT. This is not a criticism of the company, I have 6 other teas from here now that each morning I can barely decide which tea I should have they are so good. I see several other good reviews here so it could be my palette but so far I have loved even the teas from IPT that are not at the top of my list. Not sure what happened with this one. I may give it one more try to write down the experience.