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 4 reviews
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! -Ana