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  1. Brian McSweeney says:

    Puerh tea has recently become an important part of my anti-cancer therapy. Larry suggested the 2017 green, sheng cake for me to fit my budget. This tea cake is wonderful with a smooth light enlivening liquor. I drink several cups before my morning trail run and what a boost it gives to my lungs. I’m 69 and this tea adds a youthful exuberance to my runs that I thought I had lost due to aging.
    The large size leaves from the old trees swell up and easily give six steeps with amazing consistency of flavor and benefits. Six cups of excellent healing a day for about a buck–that is amazing!

    I also like the craftsmanship of the cake and its packaging. Every morning I remove the cake from its lovely folded like a fan wrapper and break off about a tablespoon with a pointed pick carefully (it’s easy to do so). I’ve had other cakes from a different source that are hard to break up, a bit like concrete, which I don’t like. I can see/feel the quality of these tea leaves and the excellence that went into the making of this tea cake and I love that.

    Thanks Larry and Yang Su.


  2. Dolores A says:


    My niece, who lives in Sebastopol, brought us some of your tea for Christmas. It’s the most delicious tea we have ever had!


    Dolores A

  3. Lylia Baylin says:

    Dear Larry and lovely Yang,

    I just want to thank you for showing me the way to Mila plus Puer breakfast!

    I love it so much that I wish that I had known about this combination and Mila years ago. It’s so perfect for me in lightness and flavor.

    Thank you and see you soon!

    Lylia Baylin

  4. Jayne Kuhlman says:

    Life is complicated. So many decisions!

    When I met Larry, I knew that he and Yang Su had already researched and figured out tea. They know tea. I trust them! One less thing to decide.

    Plus I feel great. I’ll return again and again. Thanks!


  5. Catriona says:

    The Puer Tea that I purchased from Pure Puer was of excellent quality. This tea is full bodied and smooth and a beautiful amber color. It is extremely healthful as well and brings greater vitality.

  6. Mir says:

    Larry and Yang Su..

    I just wanted to say thank you for all you do.. I’ve enjoyed the videos re: Covid, puer/chia and the puer plus vinegar..
    I’m curious, do you recommend using green puer w chia?
    Again.. I really appreciate you both and wish you both the best and to stay well..


  7. Laura Souza says:

    I LOVE the quality of your tea! Thank you for the long hours you spend at the Sebastopol Farmers Market to make the tea available to us. I hope your business continues to flourish!


  8. Margaret R. says:

    Larry Chin’s informative book on puer tea is a labor of love. He and his wife, Yang Su, have spent years studying this tea, and they have made numerous trips to the organically certified region in China where these ancient tea trees grow. Drinking this tea is an important part of their healthy lifestyle.

    Some years ago, my cholesterol and blood sugar were in the danger zones. I started drinking puer tea and within a few months both scores had plummeted into the healthy range. I had made no changes in exercise or diet other than replacing my daily coffee with the tea.

    As I was unsatisfied with the product I had purchased locally, I did some research and found This beautiful website drew me in and I have been a dedicated customer for years. Now, thanks to Larry, I have learned even more about this unusual tea through his book which contains information, research studies and testimonials. It is well worth reading.

    Margaret R.

  9. Leilani Serafin says:

    Hi Larry and Yang Su,

    Thanks for the tea and for your email! I heard about your tea at the San Francisco Tea Festival a couple (or a few?) years ago. I had never had puer tea before that day, but I loved it! Now it’s one of the teas I normally drink, along with masala chai, and Earl Gray (especially lavender Earl Gray). I’ve tried several puer teas, but yours is my favorite. Thanks for making such great tea! 🙂



  10. Colin Schehl says:

    Hello Larry,

    I received the cake of Xiu Ji black puer the other day. What an exceptional tea it brews!

    Has a flavor like rich honey and summer grass to my palate.
    Thank you for the recommendation.

    All the best,

  11. Sylvia Hopkins says:


    A few years ago one of my daughters gave me a bag of your tea that was already opened, and I put it in a drawer with numerous tea boxes. I was moving at that time, and so the bag got lost, so to speak. I found it recently and took it out and started to use the tea. The bag says 2004 3g Mini Tuocha, net weight 4 oz. and the tea is really great. I wanted to find out if your company is still around, so when I looked on the web, there you are. Your address on the bag is Corte Madera, but I see you are now in Santa Rosa. Your website is really special. The videos in China are beautiful and your information is quite educational. Also, I liked very much how you interviewed people at the farmer’s market who have improved their health by drinking the tea.

    I see that the correct method to brew the tea is with short steeping time. Your directions (that I just read a couple of days ago) told me that. I was steeping it for longer, using a whole pot of water, though.

    Is there any contraindication to longer steeping, other than that is is wasteful of the tea?

    I definitely will be buying more of your tea, and when the lock down lifts I will try to drive to Santa Rosa or Sebastopol to the farmer’s market so I can shop there and visit your stall. I hope you are surviving well in the current situation. I am one of those people who talks about things I like, so my friends are going to hear about your tea!!

    Best wishes,
    Sylvia Hopkins

  12. Patrick R. Brown says:

    The new 2017 One Sprout Two Leaves is wonderful! This tea has some backbone and steeps many times. The flavor is quite tasty with just a hint of astringency. I am brewing for 15-19 seconds at 195F using a Piao brewer with water from a Zojirushi water heater.

  13. Marvin Carpenter says:

    Thanks, Larry,

    My wife and i first met you and your wife in the Corte Madera Shopping Mall, probably about 10-15 years ago, and have been using your products ever since. We are extremely pleased with your products and service. Hoping that you and your family have been safe during the current world situation.


    Marvin Carpenter

  14. Pat says:

    Pure Puer is a wonderful tea supplier. Larry and Yang Su offer excellent advice and unsurpassed service. I highly recommend their tea for all, from highly discerning and educated connoisseurs to people new to fine teas.

  15. Matt B says:

    The Xiao Chun Zhuni teapot I purchased a few months ago is working perfectly. It’s sleek and has a beautiful pour, a tight lid with no leakage. This time I’m going for a 4oz to experiment brewing with smaller volumes. I’m also restocking the Xishuangbanna loose leaf, full and fragrant, which went quickly. The touchas I am enjoying at a slower pace, they are subtle but complex. I advise following the recommended steeping instructions on the touchas very precisely (at least while getting to know the tea, how the leaves unfold, the taste develops). I have not yet broken into the 2006 and 2008 YiWu’s nor the 2009 Wang Xian Hao, though they look and smell wonderful. I have however been drinking the 2007 Thousand Year Wild Tree, a very unique puer indeed. I have never tasted a tea in which the fresh straw characteristic is so pronounced, so clear. This freshness can be detected near the front of the nose just from smelling the cake itself. The richer tones are noted further back. This tea is quite fragile so be as gentle and as patient as possible when removing leaves. It can be made upwards of ten or twelve times, though it is imperative not to over-steep in any single brew; I was using a 155mL teapot (with a multiple-holed or filtered spout), roughly 5-6g of tea and steeping for no more than 7-10s for the first handful of brews. My advice would be to start pouring the tea at 5-7s, especially if your volume is above 150mL as the tea will continue to steep as you decant. The water should not be too hot as the tea may become bitter quite quickly. But if done carefully this tea is a truly unique treasure. Im looking forward to seeing how it ages. I hope these notes have been helpful.

  16. Steven L says:

    I began drinking tea years ago when I was teaching English in South Korea. The Koreans introduced me to puer tea and taught me about its health benefits. I believe it has helped me shed weight and keep my cholesterol in check.

    When I came back to America, I looked everywhere for a good quality place to get puer tea. I tried many tea shops, but I’ve had the best experiences with pure puer by far. I love it! For serious puer tea drinkers (people who drink it daily for many years, like me), we understand how important it is to trust your source for puer tea. This one is great.

    I have recommended this website to my family and friends because they are a reliable source of good quality tea. Pure Puer has become my go-to place for all things puer tea related.

    I’m very impressed, keep up the good work!

  17. larryc says:

    Hi Linda,

    Here is a link to our website where you can buy a starter set:

    Brewing instructions are on the bag, and can also be found by clicking on the individual teas. If you have any additional questions you can also email us at:

    or call 415-924-7837


  18. Linda Filipowicz says:

    I just finished reading The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and am intrigued by teas, especially Pu er. I would like to start drinking this tea, but don’t know where to start. Can you recommend a starter set; how to brew and anything else I may need to know. I look forward to hearing from you.

  19. Tyna says:

    My husband and I found you at the Sebastopol market and wanted to try your tea. We drink all sorts, green tea/black tea/herbal tea. My 20 year old son just found your tea in the cupboard and LOVES it (that says a lot, we are avid tea drinkers and probably have about 100 kinds) so there’s no more left. 🙂


  20. Maggie Owens says:

    Hello Larry,

    I enjoyed my first cups of Your Puer tea today and enjoyed it very much. Instead of a bitter, tannin taste it was rich and mellow. I heard about your product by word-of-mouth of a local residents, Danielle and Eric, your loyal customers.
    I have lots of boxes of tea and also much of the loose variety. Because I have acid reflux, I find these teas, even my many herbal teas, bother me. An exception is the mushroom tea that I purchased in Vietnam. Your tea appears not to bother me and has the plus of added health benefits.

    Thank you,


  21. Margaret R says:

    For some years I had taken the statin drug Atorvastatin* to control my cholesterol but
    stopped taking the drug around April of this year as it was making me feel ill,
    lightheaded, nauseous,—just a general feeling of weak all over. I had to lie down for an
    hour or two, but when I skipped the Atorvastatin, I didn’t have these symptoms. I knew I
    needed to do something for cholesterol control, so I started drinking black puer tea.
    I have been drinking this for ten weeks now, and I just had my cholesterol and blood
    sugar retested. There was a dramatic drop in both numbers as well as a big
    improvement in my cholesterol ratio. My last physical exam had shown both cholesterol
    and blood sugar numbers to be too high.
    Within a few days of starting this tea, I felt physically better than I had in a long time. I
    find that I crave this tea. I easily drink 2+ quarts daily of Larry’s 3rd Grade Black Puer
    Tea; and I have just purchased a cake of his green tea which I am going to prepare
    today for the first time. I have also lost a few pounds in the past ten weeks but this may
    be due to my increase in vigorous exercise. I do eat red meat, dairy and sugar products.
    I am an active 66-year-old woman.
    Larry has spent considerable time educating me about the potential health benefits of
    these teas; and I feel fortunate to be working with someone who is so passionate about
    his work. Thank you, Larry. By the way, I’ve lost my taste for my daily cafe au lait.
    *My initial dosage of Atorvastatin was 10 mg. per day which I tolerated without side
    effects; but, when the dosage was upped to 20 mg., I eventually had problems.

  22. Holly Acosta says:

    Hi Larry and Yang Su,

    In the Fall of 2012 ( I believe), I was visiting Corte Madera’s town center while I took a series of classes nearby. I went to a farmers market there and loved the tea and customer service. I recently ran out of the black and green tea, which I loved. So I made another order because it’s the best.


    Holly Acosta

  23. larryc says:

    Yes, the paper in the teacake is often referred to as a ticket. It is used to identify the brand of tea and is used as a form of authentication. The best way to show that the tea is from a certain place is to press the ticket into the teacake at the time of making the teacake. It is similar to the wax seal that the emperor would use to stamp on his correspondence.


  24. R says:

    Hi Larry and Yang Su,

    I love you tea! I just did some research online for a quality puer tea and that is how I found you. Great stuff, and I love to support independent businesses as well, so thank you for creating a quality product. I did notice though that there is some paper woven throughout my tea cake, is that pretty normal?

    Thank you!


  25. Leslie says:

    Dear Larry and Yang,
    Thank you so much for making available real puer tea! My husband and I are avid tea drinkers and drink sometimes 5 or 6 cups a day. We appreciate the quality and variety of your selection so much as we drink green in the morning, then move on to oolong in the afternoon, and dark in the evening.
    Your customer service is top notch and shipments are fast.
    We won’t order from anywhere else!
    Thank you!!!

  26. Margaret Barton says:

    Hi Larry….the container came today…it is so lovely and the feel of the pot is so silky….per the instructions, have rinsed it and it is now drying….I will enjoy touching it every
    time I make my tea (an added bonus!) 🙂

    Do you happen to know what the characters say? Also, is this also made by the father and son?

    Again, thank you!


  27. Wendie Young says:

    My name is Wendie Young and I just started drinking the Superior Black Loose Tea three weeks ago. I can see benefits in my shoulder pain and I’ve lost a few pounds also!! This is the only thing I’ve changed. I’m very impressed.

    (Prior to drinking Pure Puer Tea Wendie had shoulder pain for 2 years and was talking cortizone injections. A patient can only receive so many cortizone injections a year because they have negative side effects. Wendie had reached the limit of her yearly shots and she is sure that the effects of the shots had worn off. After drinking the 2009 Superior Loose Puer for three weeks she no longer felt pain in her shoulder.)

  28. Ed (Chicago) says:

    My Taiwan clay storage container came in the mail today. It is exceptional! I’m very happy. A lovely piece, and a perfect match for my tea table. It will bring me many years of enjoyment. Magnificent!

    – Ed.

  29. Irema Sivcevic says:

    I have been using Puer green tea for the last six months. It works great on reducing my morning symptoms of seasonal allergies such as watery eyes, running nose and plugged sinuses. Within half an hour of drinking 1 cup of the Puer green tea my symptoms are reduced and after another cup they are completely gone! I no longer need to take any other natural remedies to get my upper respiratory pathways unclogged and working. That is why I continue to drink the Puer green tea during the day to keep my respiratory pathways open.

    Thanks Larry and Yang Su for bringing this powerful tea to the farmers market.”

    Irema Sivcevic Ms Nutrition Educator, BsEE

  30. Simon Halliday says:

    Hi Larry & Yang Su,

    My wife and I were visiting a friend in San Francisco and he took us to Sausalito for the day. We encountered your stall at the Farmer’s Market and we tried several of your teas. I bought some of your Black Puer tea and one of the Piao I teapots. We really liked the tea and I wanted to get some more and I decided it would be better to order from you and have it delivered than to look for a local source – many other Puer teas I’ve tried have been nowhere near as smooth and flavorful as those you sell.
    Thanks again & best of luck,

    Simon Halliday
    Assistant Professor of Economics
    Smith College
    Northampton, MA

  31. Kate says:

    Hi Larry!

    As promised, I am sharing my blood test results after taking the puer tea for 2-3 months at 10 cups per day (now with chia seed).

    My “bad” cholesterol went from 300 to 232!! My good cholesterol, which was already at a good place, increased from 75 to 76. So, I am very happy and will continue the tea therapy to see if it will dip even lower! Plus, I have really come to enjoy this tea ritual, no matter the benefits!

    Thanks for your help and support!!!


  32. Jonathon Nettleton says:

    I was first introduced to Puer tea in Penang, Malaysia where there are several tea merchants importing Puer Tea but are not geared up to exporting to Europe.
    Hence I started to deal with you and I am a fan of this Tea in its many forms.

    In my opinion its truly not possible to lose weight just by drinking Puer tea but it has to be combined with a diet change in general. It is delicious and is without doubt a major contributing factor to losing weight when generally watching ones calorie intake.

    To many of us Europeans the majority of Americans are gross, eating vast amounts of junk food and if we lose the will to diet, have only to watch some of the readily available programmes on the TV Food Network to become re-energized with our striving to lose weight.

    I am absolutely certain that Puer Tea has reduced my cholesterol and is a major contributing factor to my weight loss of 10 kilos (22 lbs). It has also helped to keep my blood pressure under control.

    With kind regards Jonathan Nettleton

  33. Doug says:

    Hi Guys –

    I have been enjoying both your green and black puer for awhile now. I especially enjoy the green. The black is interesting and smooth, but quite subtle. Well, I had the idea of making Tibetan butter tea with the black, and wow, really excellent way to enjoy the black puer. There are various recipes around the internet. I also found you can just brew the black puer as normal, and drop in a little salt and butter, and some half and half or goat milk. Stir well. Easy way to get about the same thing. (OK, maybe not the best for weight loss and cholesterol, but I am thin enough!)

    They say the butter tea is an acquired taste, but I liked it immediately. It seems, when made with the black puer, very authentic, and somehow familiar.


  34. Lenny Eiger says:

    This has been great! Puer tea is smooth as silk and delicious.

    I’ve been using the chia seed and puer tea mixture for 6 weeks now. I have diabetes Type 2 and it’s lowered my glucose readings considerably. On average days, my sugar levels now run in the 100-120 range, which is normal for me. I have a fair amount of stress and that will always mess things up in this regard, but the mixture has made a substantial improvement, in the range of 35-50 points on a regular basis.

    In addition, I work at home, and having the chia every morning has made it so that I don’t make the trip to the kitchen every 1/2 hour or so to get a snack (usually handful of almonds). I no longer feel the need the eat in between meals. I used to feel a strong desire to eat right at noon or 12:30. Now I can easily go to 2:00 or 2:30 PM before I feel hungry.

    Give it a try!


  35. Matthew Peretz says:

    Pure Puer Tea – what can I say. Larry has helped me find and select the best teas of this greatest of all teas – and he answers every single question (and I had MANY) about every aspect of this tea. I ask him for recommendations in a given price range (my budget) and he gives me some choices. I ask him details about everything from brewing to the biochemistry of the tea and its health impact/implications and he answers every question with great thought and detail. He and his wife select the BEST, chemical and pesticide free Puer teas.

    I have tried other online merchants and there is always a downside in terms of quality control IMHO. That is NOT the case with Larry at Pure Puer (

    I started drinking this tea because I wanted something completely different and my research told me that this was a very unusual tea (for Westerners I think) – it is earthy and delicious and just fantastic.

    Nobody has a better quality: value proposition for this phenomenal tea than Pure Puer. And nobody will give you better advice and direction/instructions than Larry. You can trust him and his products implicitly.

    Absolutely the best source of this astounding tea. More people in the West need to know about it.

    You REALLY need someone who knows what they are talking about and who sells the best there is when it comes to Puer Tea. This is it.

    One final, but important note: Puer Tea is PHENOMENAL for helping with WEIGHT LOSS. Its properties have been studied extensively and there is great information on the Website as to how/why this is true. It also has (even the black tea has very low caffeine content compared to coffee as Larry has told me). I can drink it at night and it has no effect on keeping me awake whereas even drinking commercial iced tea wreaks havoc on my sleep. So I use the RIPE variety of Puer and I have now lost (along with jogging and chia seeds) over 10 lbs in about 10-12 days! Check their Website for all kinds of information, recipes and videos.

    Thank you Larry and Yang Su!

  36. Allan Keane says:

    I just received my latest order today of a gigantic Yixing Clay tea container big enough to hold some twenty or so tea cakes. It is about 13 by 16 inches in size and quite beautiful. Words don’t do it justice. It was well packaged and survived a flight from California to New York very well. It came in a box that had once held 36 tea pots, it is that big. Larry seems to have a few items for sale that he can’t put on his website but this was worth the shipping cost.

    I also bought some tea including the 2010 Tong Qing Hao, it was perhaps the best black Puer I have ever tasted.

  37. Allan Keane says:

    I bought six different teas from Larry at Pure Puer. I have tried four so far, they have all been great. The 2005 Date Flavor Black Puer has been incredible. It has a natural sweetness that lingers in your mouth as you drink it. There is no bitterness. It brews up to a nice dark color, but has a very, very smooth taste.

    While it is only a personal feeling, I believe these teas are beneficial to my health. They have helped with my digestion and lingering stomach pain from a long gastrointestinal illness. They have also made my Asthma feel a little better even if they do not improve my breathing.

    If Larry can find more Puer of this quality I hope to see it on the website.

  38. Emerson Breese says:

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  39. John Jensen says:

    Dear Larry,

    I want to let you know how much I am enjoying the green puer tea. I also enjoy the black one as well. You are right how smooth the green puer tea tastes, I love it. I drink about 2-3 cups a day. Hot and cold. Just in case you don’t know remember who I am, my name is John Jensen. I am Alan Kent’s best friend. He referred me to you. We both served in the Marines together over 20 years ago. Just a little history about me. I had a heart attack almost 4 years ago. I am Korean born American. I don’t know my family history, as I was adopted at the age of 6. I lived a very active lifestyle always exercising and watching my diet. But I guess genetics will get the best of us. Anyway I started taking statins when I had a heart attack, but I had really bad side effects after about 6 months, so I stopped and started on a tonic herb program and drinking reishi and puer tea. I get my cholesterol checked every year and it is still moderately high.

    Well I just had my total cholesterol checked a few days ago and it came back very good. My HDL was at 39, goal above 40, LDL 104 goal below 100 these are for heart disease patients. So after drinking your tea for the past five weeks, I am almost at goal. My doctor wrote to me and said continue to stay on the statin and niacin, because it is working. However I never took his recommendation because I wanted to see what my baseline would be with your teas. I am going to call him and let him know that the results are from drinking pure puer tea not taking statins. My heartfelt THANK YOU for your outstanding Teas. I will spread the word about your company.

    Gamsahamnida (Korean for many thanks)

    John Jensen (Joon Lee) my Korean name

    Semper Fidelis
    John Jensen

  40. Alan Ariti says:

    Hi Larry & Yang Su,

    I have received the 2006 Jin Yu Xuan black puer tea and it is delicious – thank you!


    Alan Ariti

    Floreat, Australia

  41. Kyle says:

    I received my new teapot today, and it’s perfect! Exactly what I was looking for. The best feature is that the upper chamber doesn’t leak when you take it out to pour.


  42. Amasa Louis says:

    Hello Larry and Yang Su,

    I received the order yesterday, that is really
    fast shipping! Thank you….

    I tried both of my Puer teas today and wanted
    to tell you that I think you have really good tea that
    is suitably priced. I may buy a brick or cake sometime,
    I was pleased with the Tuo Cha I bought the first
    time, and the loose leaf is nice. The teas I have
    purchased so far have had a very clean character,
    which makes me want to try your higher end Puer

    They make me happy, if a Puer does not have that
    elucidating quality, I won’t drink it. Regardless of how
    a tea touches your palate, above all if a Puer especially
    does not have good energy that makes you feel tingly
    inside then I have found it is usually not well sourced or
    processed. I have taken a lot more care in buying tea
    as I’ve learned more over the years, Puer is one of
    my favorite teas.

    Sheng Puer I love, but lately I’ve been craving Shou
    Puer which is a little more complex and harder to
    buy I find. I’ve been very curious about your teas,
    and I’m not disappointed, they are very nice.

    Thank you for having good tea,


  43. Jasmine says:

    I bought 2 Dahlia gaiwan … They are fabulous ! Larry you should state “Made in Taiwan on that item … It is very well made … Thank you so much for carrying this product 🙂

  44. Royce says:

    I am looking forward to this tea! Puer has lowered my cholesterol to the proper levels and I have lost some weight! My cholesterol was 256, and it brought it down under 200. I lost 13 lbs and I have been keeping it off for the most part. My joint inflammation has also been reduced. I use other natural means too but when I drink Puer tea I notice even more improvement! I am impressed and it also tastes very good! I will tell a friend who asked me about Puer tea of your web page. I gave him some and he liked it very much!

    Take care,

  45. Lisa Gilberti says:

    Hi Larry and Yang Su,

    I found out about your teas through web search on teas and came across the YouTube talk at Marin General Hospital about the medicinal properties of your teas. This caught my attention.

    I have recently started a healing journey with a TCM practitioner. I noticed in my healing that coffee was not feeling right for my body anymore. I have not been much of a tea drinker until your teas. I love the taste and the healing properties and am so happy to find a tea like yours. I am using the teas and prescribed herbs for digestion; including spleen health and weight loss. My appetite has totally changed for the better and I have more energy.

    I look forward to having a cup or two every day! Thanks so much…I feel your tea’s supporting me in my healing!


  46. Tu-Vi Luong says:

    You have the best green Puer, I can’t wait for the package to arrive. Happy New Year! As a Chinese, and as a health professional I can attest to the therapeutic properties of Puer tea. I believe firmly that Puer tea has great digestive properties and I advise my patients to drink it.

    Tu-Vi Luong, Lic.Ac.
    Acupuncture and Natural Remedies
    New York, NY

  47. Adolfo Garcia says:

    As a farmer, husband, and father, I often find myself in a constant battle with time. Being up and about from place to place disrupts my energy level and my eating habits. I have noticed a major difference in my cholesterol, fatigue, and weight since I have been drinking Pure Puer Tea. I really couldn’t have found a better product. Absolutely no catch or gimmic, just pure tea.

    Adolfo Garcia
    J&J Farms Associate

  48. Alex Woodland says:

    Hey Larry

    Got the Sika Deer Gaiwan today. Extremely pleased. Its a lovely piece! The
    service has been outstanding! Both professional and friendly!
    Been brewing it this Gaiwan all afternoon and I tell its going to be a long and
    happy relationship.

    Many thanks

    Alex Woodland
    Bristol, England

  49. Gauthier Flavigny says:

    This is just to let you know that the parcel and the Yunnan clay containers arrived all fine.

    They all look great and I think they are very fine works of art, so much so that I had to order a few more pieces…

    By the way, I can see that a few models are sold out. Are you likely to get some of these back in stock any time soon?

    Anyway, I thank you very much again for everything and wish you and all at Pure Puer a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Kind regards,



    London, England

  50. Jane Taragowski says:

    Happy Holiday to you and your family as well, Larry. I love the tea!!! I have been using it sparingly lately due to the fact that I am almost out. It is so nice and refreshing, it is really true , once you drink your tea, you really do not want to go back to bag tea!!! Now when I am offered tea I cringe because I know its bagged and not fresh. Thank you. I will be back in touch after the holidays, looking for another tea. I am not really sure what though. We won’t be having a white Christmas this year, looks like global warming is here, to bad the farmers and wild life really need the snow.


    New Hampshire

  51. larryc says:

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for your comment and it is nice to hear from you! We advocate that after you brew the tea you drain out as much water as you can. At the end of the day place the tea in the teapot into the refrigerator overnight. You can then reuse the tea the next day. If you choose to reuse the tea after that, it is up to your discretion.


    Pure Puer Tea

  52. Donna says:

    Hello. I purchased the Black Puer Tea from Larry and Yang Su in Sausalito at the Farmers Market, this past Summer. I must say it is delicious.

    I do have a couple of questions. It is my understanding that the Tea can be brewed about 6-8 times. But can anyone tell me how does the wet leaves need to be stored after a days use? And how long are the leaves good for if you do not drink the tea the next day. Can this be stored in the frig. as a cold tea and for how long?

  53. Carl Joorman says:

    I got the basket around around
    5pm est.thats great customer service. O by the way nice touch
    With the minni tuocha’s.
    I am so enjoying everything
    That I have recieved from you.
    I look forward to doing more business with you in the future.
    I will also recomend pure puer to my family and friends.

    Later Dude

  54. Tom says:

    Hi —

    Just a quick note to let you know that my girlfriend, Caroline, and I are enjoying the wonderful Superior puer tea that we bought from the two of you at the Sausalito farmer’s market last night. It’s delicious, and reminds us of the tea that her parents serve.

    If you ever decide to expand into the Oakland area (Jack London Square has a wonderful farmer’s market!), please do let us know. Until then, hopefully we’ll be able to stop by Sausalito from time to time.



  55. Dale Gardner says:

    I just received my tea and love it. I just started to drink Puer again to help with my digestion. It really works well for me. Thank you for your note and the information you sent regarding Puer Tea for your health.

    Dale Gardner

  56. Kerry Garside says:

    Hi Larry and Yang Su

    A friend of mine has purchased some of your tea and shared some with me. I
    really enjoyed it and it helped my digestive system and so I wanted some for
    myself, she gave me your website. I normally drink green tea.

    Great news re the shipping costs..thanks so much.

    Thank you



  57. Tom Niderost says:

    Thanks for the super fast shipping! I got all orders today! Wow!

    We tried the Third Grade Black Puer tea today and love it. I have never tasted such a mellow, smooth flavored tea. It does not have the bite, that a commercial tea bag does. Thank you very much!


  58. Jane Thomas says:

    This is the third one (580cc Piao I Travel Buddy) we have purchased. My daughter and I LOVE your products.


    Mill Valley, CA

  59. Tom Niderost says:

    I normally drink green tea in teabags, and some loose tea.

    My sister lives in Northern California and happened to get a cake of this tea from a friend of hers and told me how good it is. I had to try it. I also decided later today to get some premium green tea from you.

    I appreciate quality, and I am sure that I will be doing more business with you in the future. I was even thinking about giving some small bricks as Christmas presents this year.

    Tom Niderost
    Near Jacksonville Florida, former Northern California resident. 🙂

  60. Edd Patton says:

    Larry, I am really enjoying the teas. The Bao Zhong is really clean and nice. One of my co-workers intends to order some. I like the green puerh (2010 Meng Song Green Puer Tea Mini Tuocha) and will get one of the cakes you recommended this fall. The high mountain oolong is excellent as I suspected.


  61. Daryl Knight says:

    Hi Larry,

    Received the 2009 Menghai Black Mini Tuocha and it is delicious. I had been buying
    commercial puer in the store and stopped because it often seemed to have an
    unpleasant (to me) smell. So I am back with Pure Puer! The toucha size works
    great for me.

    Thanks for the prompt delivery and friendly service! I hope Yang Su is
    having a good trip to China and Taiwan.

    Warm regards,

  62. Anne Hudson says:

    Thank YOU! Despite classes and encouragement from other tea vendors, I thought I just did not like puer until I tasted yours at the Tea Festival. Wow. There’s something you’ve got that works for my western palate. I’ve started “nursing” a gaiwan all day to keep my blood pressure, blood sugar and LDL cholesterol down.

    I was looking for a more convenient way to do road trips with tea and found your “mini”s. Will let you know how it goes.


  63. Valerie Wester says:

    Larry, the Piao tea pot is convenient and easy to use. I know I will enjoy the tea pot.

    Thank you.

    Valerie Wester

  64. Philip Daughtry says:

    Pure Puer Tea is the most reliable and efficient online company I have had the pleasure to deal with for over two years now. Their products are first rate and they stand behind their quality without reservation. Additionally their shipping always surprises me because it often has been virtually next day! Most of all the customer service is friendly and highly professional. My wife and I became confirmed puer tea afficionados on a daily basis ordering black puer dates flavored tea at a very decent price. Lawrence Chin is old world gentile and I am sure if we were to dive more deeply into the gourmet possibilities and varieties of his puer teas it would be a most enlightening exploration. As is however we are highly satisfied with our habitual morning attachment to a fairly ordinary version of dates flavored puer. I cannot recommend this company enough.

    Philip Daughtry, Topanga CA.

  65. Amie Nelson says:

    In Chinese Medicine we understand coffee to be more Yang. It’s internally warming and it disperses and scatters energy (or Qi) in the body. Coffee consumption causes the kidney’s adrenal glands to release adrenalin, producing a temporary increased energy high, but eventually a down-cycle of fatigue later in the day. Over time, excess coffee can over-work and deplete your adrenal energy, or Kidney Jing as we acupuncturists call it. I like to describe this as borrowing money from a bank account (your adrenals) daily without making any new deposits. Pretty soon, you’re experiencing major debt (adrenal burnout).

    Coffee is also a diuretic, and diaphoretic, causing the body to lose excess fluids or Yin, and can create symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes and urinary dysfunction.
    The energy of tea, on the other hand is more Yin. It is cooling and astringent by nature. Tea can help consolidate energy in the body rather than scattering it. When you drink caffeinated tea you will typically experience increased energy, but a smoother, more even-keeled flow without the highs and lows. I find that drinking tea during the day gives me the level of alertness I’m seeking without the racy feeling or late afternoon crash of coffee.

    The Chinese believe that Puer tea has greater health benefits than other teas. Puer tea goes through a special fermentation process that makes it very beneficial to the digestive system, or Spleen as we describe it in Chinese Medicine. Many people in our culture have very weak digestion and excess weight and it has everything to do with food and drink that create “internal dampness” in the body. In Chinese medicine, “dampness” refers to the build up of negative, sluggish energy in the body that results from consuming excessive processed foods, sugars, dairy, alcohol and other substances that slow down digestion and nutrient assimilation. Puer tea has the ability to reduce this internal dampness by invigorating the Spleen and the Stomach to work in harmony, aiding proper digestion and elimination. It is often used medicinally to lower cholesterol, remove toxins from the body, cure dysentery, induce weight loss, improve eyesight and promote blood circulation.

    I have found Pure Puer Tea to be of the highest quality and smoothest taste, and this is why I carry it in my clinics, Bay Acupuncture Center and Tamalpais Community Acupuncture in Mill Valley, CA. My patients I have introduced to Pure Puer Tea all agree they have never felt better and don’t even miss their coffee!

    Amie Brooke Nelson, L. Ac, MSOM

    Bay Acupuncture Center logo


  66. Luz Cruz says:

    I just ordered a 1999 loose puer tea from your website. Hopefully you guys got it. I stopped drinking the tea and my blood pressure went up. I spoke with you at the Mill Valley Farmer’s market last Dec. 2011.
    Thank you.


  67. Ellen Lee says:

    I received my tea pots yesterday–that was SO fast!
    Thank you for such great service,

  68. Ashley Gore says:

    My posts on regarding:

    Oval Bone White Tea Set

    Last year, my hubby gave me the bamboo tea tray from this company for Christmas. This year, I received two of their tea sets to use with it.

    I must say this set is more beautiful in person than in the pictures, and I loved it in the pictures! The finish is so smooth, the color a bone white, and the lines and contours are captivating. Furthermore, it is perfect for making my oolong and white teas. Since it is ceramic I can use it with more than one kind of tea, while my Yixing set will be reserved for oolong. I absolutely love it, and can not say enough about their great customer service and how much time they took helping my hubby choose pieces of teaware and puer tea, acting as if it was their greatest privilege and joy to do so. They are truly tea lovers.

    Osmanthus Black Puer Tea:

    Hooray! Sampling lots of Christmas tea today. When I opened the pouch the first thing I noticed was that the dry leaves smell sweet and mildly fruity. It is earthy but not fishy at all. I have never smelled a quite like this before, but I have also never had anything with osmanthus.

    The steeped tea is also mild and earthy and there is a nice mineral taste. This is very good, it is reminding a lot more of the puer from Teavivre and not at all of the puer from Southern Season. My oldest daughter, who just started drinking green tea for its benefits even though she doesn’t care for tea, likes this pretty well and is on her second cup. O.O. She hates black tea.

    I have made s second steep. I will post how well it held up when we finish this pot. Delicious! Many thanks to my wonderful hubby who ordered this for me!

    Classic Bamboo Tea Tray, large (from 11 months ago):

    I am registering this a la Ricky’s instructions! (Blush – Jason guessed who the culprit was!) My hubby ordered the Bamboo Tea Tray from as a Christmas gift for me. When he called the number listed on their website he was impressed with how very helpful they were, and when he chose the tea tray he wanted, it got here LIGHTNING fast! We were very happy with the service. I haven’t tried their teas yet, but after the good experience ordering this item from them, we may have to give them a try!

    Ashley and Ruth G.

  69. Chris Bourke says:

    Hi Larry,

    Just want to send you a HUGE Thank You!!!!!

    Your wonderful teas have made my life so much better.
    The feeling of joy from all the teas, especially the greens, is very difficult to explain….it is wonderful.

    The total pleasure of using the Piao I teapots is again out of this world just so easy and so pleasant!!!!

    The tea buddy is amazing also just so good actually too good for words one must experience the joy of taking ones favourite teas anywhere and enjoying them the way they should….just unreal….and using the travel buddy for long steep herbal infusions is terrific, it just works a treat, I couldn’t enjoy tea before now I can love it all day every day without worry or expense of buying a cup in a shop!!!!!

    I make Kombucha and have seen scoby growth 10 (green) to 20 (black/green mixed) times that of normal teas (that tells me there are heaps of goodies in them teas sir!!!!) and the end product is much lighter, more grounding, satisfying and extremely refreshing….. I’m sure there are many more therapeutic benefits also but will wait till next year to tell you about that (after I have proved it).

    Your excellence in post and pack is a credit to you as too are your excellent communication skills!!!!!

    I’m in Sydney Australia and my teas have been arriving within 4-5 days AMAZING!!!! (I cant get some local companies to pack and post that quick)…

    Many Many Thanks again and I look forward to doing much more tea drinking in the future years.

    Cheers Larry!!!!
    You are my only tea supplier from now on keep up the great work!!!!!!

    Chris Bourke.
    Sydney, Australia.

  70. Janis Spivey says:

    Always receive my shipment within a couple of days of ordering! I appreciate it!

    And I have loved this tea since my son, who lives in Shanghai, introduced it to me about 7 years ago. So glad to find your company so that I can order it myself.

    Janis Spivey

  71. Young Park says:

    Hi! Larry and Yang Su!
    I received the parcel, today.
    Thanks a lot for the fast shipment and I love the yixing containers.
    I’ll call you when I order next time.

    Warm regards,


  72. Joe Towe says:

    I received my pot today (Shaokang Yunnan clay container A) and it is a true work of art. It is amazing the polish on it without the use of glaze. You ask before why I buy so many tea canisters. this pot is one of the reasons why. Not only is it functional as I have many different teas here but each hand crafted piece is a representation of generations of skilled craftsman handing down their skills to the following generations. Such love and devotion to a craft should be honored, collected and cared for in the same fashion that was put into the making of such a beautiful and elegant piece. I will be sending another order next week for another piece if you still have it. Happy Chinese new year and may the Dragon this year bring you much success.

  73. Ruschelle O says:

    My husband was diagnosed with hemochromotosis and I’ve read that drinking tea/coffee helps rid of bad iron. He doesn’t drink either. But, I managed to convince him to give tea a try and I read from my Super Natural Mom book that Pure Puer Tea is the most natural tea you can get. Luckily, they are in the Bay Area and called to get a few samples of green tea. He absolutely loves the “Rice Pollen” tea and have helped decrease his iron count. He swears by this tea and says he feels his chest opens up when drinking it. He even got my sister to drink this tea and she too feels her chest opens up when drinking it. Needless to say, we always have this in stock at home and now he is a tea drinker.

  74. MEY says:

    Sir Lawrence,

    I must say, being born in the U.S. I have home grown “taste buds”. They are not as refined as someone whose been drinking fine teas all their life, but, I try. I was happy to read in one article on “Chowhound” that the Tibetans made a strong puer tea called “milk tea” which had milk and sugar (probably raw) in it. The writer had said he if he tried the tea again would probably try it that way.

    I tried being a purist and drinking my tea without milk OR sugar, but found myself rather distant from discerning the interesting notes many ascribe as being available to palate. However, when I added the milk and raw sugar “I fell in love”, I was much better able to tell the difference, and subtleties in the character of your Black Puers, and to me it let loose marvels. I would encourage anyone who finds it difficult to sense the extraordinary unique characters of the black puers to try this experiment,

    Fielding the tea through the milk &/or milk&sugar as a medium instead of without is like the difference between sunlight and moonlight. One is without mediation and hits you straight from the source (bright unto blinding brightness, while moonlight is sunlight reflected off of another celestial body ( or medium) expressing the character of the light off of that medium (the moon). Similarly, The character of the tea can be discerned in how it reflects off of, handles, or co-interacts through the medium of the milk; Is it polite, aggressive, full of laughter, silent emotion, or does it exhibit the hand of kind compassionate stewardship?

    Sometimes the milk can slow the molecules of the tea down just enough (adding a little more dimension or body) so that my, sluggish, or slowly evolving taste buds can catch or interpret the character of the tea and what the tea is “presenting”;

    Which “all in all” could just translate into “This is damn good”.

    My premier revelatory experience (milk & raw sugar) still resides in your Emperor’s Black Tea. Though I’ve had some other very good ones competing, such as your 2009 Menghai toucha (milk & sugar), a full depth tea with a very deep clarity and mood. When I remember which one (black ) it was that opened up the back of my cranium (awareness wise) (actually cerebellum) I will let you know. But, as to The Emperor Black Tea, that is the one that sticks with me the most, it is smooth smooth smooth. Perhaps we could send an army there and capture it for (umm?) “national security”, yeah, that’s the ticket, “umm good”.

    It seems good to alternate between being a purist, and sometimes just having some good old fashioned “FUN”.


  75. Hi Larry,

    This is Pavel, we met in Sausalito at the Farmers Market, I bought
    black and green tea from you, as well as the tea pot. I just received
    my yixing clay container to store my tea in. Thank you for the fast
    shipment! Can’t wait to try more tea, maybe I’ll email you for some
    recommendations. I really like the black tea I bought – superior black
    tea. It tastes really distinct and smooth.

    Thank you, and please say hi to your wife for me, she was really
    helpful. Looking forward to buying more tea for years to come…

    Pavel Ushakov

  76. MEY says:

    Lawrence this is similar to what I sent a friend:

    I really liked his Ai-lau Mountain Green, I will definitely buy more, I told him “don’t sell it all out too fast”. The leaves are so light you could underestimate it. I wanted to just drift away, Good for glands and brain, no stimulants, real color in its character, accessible (as if it greets you, you don’t have to seek it out to “discover” it, and it is dimensional. With a poignant fragrance that clings to your nostrils long after the last of the tea is gone. (or cup is quaffed (correct?) hah (literary). I told Lawrence ” I am not worthy”.

  77. Meg says:

    I love your videos and all the information on this beautiful site. Thanks Larry for spending some time with me at the Sausalito Farmer’s Mk. today. I have been enjoying this website while drinking my first home brewed Black Puer tea.


    P.S. I just sent a link to your site to three of my friends who may not know about Puer tea, one of whom is a docent at the Asian Art Museum.

  78. Miriam French says:

    Hello Larry and Yang Su..

    I am excited about receiving my puer early next week and thank you in advance for what I know will be a great product. My husband has actually had the pleasure of meeting you at the farmer’s market when he lived in Pacifica and I was hoping to get a chance to do the same while also learning more about my favorite tea. Thanks in advance for all you do to provide such a quality product and for being the kind of people I love to do business with..

    Miriam French

    Las Vegas

  79. Jonathan Nettleton says:

    I dont normally post comments but I am impressed with your service and the green tea is superb. So much so that I thought I had ordered enough for 6 months but have just re-ordered after 2!
    Shipping to France was very quick.
    Jonathan Nettleton LaTourre Massoules France

  80. Lindsay Corliss says:

    Dear Larry and Yang Su.,

    I received my wonderful puer from you today. I was so delighted to also receive the gift you sent along, a puer pick. Thank you very much. I have been wanting one of those. I just used it and it’s great!

    You run a wonderful business and I am glad to be in contact with you. Thank you for offering such amazing puer. I drink your puer every day.

    I found you through my uncle, Michael Anderson, who loves your tea as well and enjoys you as people very much.

    Best to you – Lindsay Corliss


  81. Hiram Ely says:

    The Piao Teapot arrived Friday…your service is faster than LL Bean…and they are very fast…on my next tea order…my wife drinks green tea and lean towards oolong…what do you recommend?


    New Hampshire

  82. Travis Morten says:

    I have been enjoying roasted oolong in the Ju Kiln teapot for the past couple months. The Organic Eastern Beauty I purchased from you was delicious! The flavor is very smooth and subtle and tastes like fresh peaches! Thank you for offering such a wonderful tea!

    Best Regards,
    Travis Morten

  83. Dhulkti Springhawk says:

    Siyo (hello) Dear Larry and Yang Su. My order arrived today and I want to thank you. I am so happy with all you sent. My Yixing tea container and poem cup are happily soaking in a 3 day tea bath right now. The loose black tea is fabulous—haven’t tried the “date” tea yet. I have a large tea cabinet—stocked with Asian, East Indian, and herbal tisanes. I have been busily drinking up all my stock, this past winter, because my favorite tea is now your puer! I am acquiring a nice little selection from you because I feel that now no other tea does it for me like puer. You have spoiled me! 🙂 Thank you again.
    Hope you and your family are well.

    Many blessings of health and joy,

    dhulkti springhawk

  84. Ann Hefferman says:

    Dear Larry Chin and PurePuer Tea,

    Thank you for sending my tea order so promptly and with a nice note! Best customer service ever!

    My dear friend, Lisa in Corte Madera gave me my first taste of your teas over a year ago. Yi Wu has been

    my favorite ever since.

    Thank you for sharing a good thing and doing it so well.


    Ann Hefferman

    Santa Barbara

  85. Graham Cave says:


    I just wanted to say that the pi xiu tea pet arrived safely today. Fantastic quality! I couldn’t be more pleased with it.

    Graham (Scotland)

    Tigers Den

  86. Jesse Berry says:

    Larry and Su,

    I received my tea order a couple of days ago. It actually came very quickly and I thank you for that. You also gave me a puer pick which I thank you for. I haven’t had any of this tea yet but have had tea from you before and it is always very delicious. I am always very excited to get tea from you. Thanks again for the great tea and speedy order.


  87. Travis Morten says:


    I would just like to let you know that I am very pleased with my teaware order from you. The items all arrived safely and were very well packed. I have been enjoying using the glass teapot for brewing green tea and the other small teapot for black tea. I was looking at purchasing another teapot for brewing oolong tea gong fu. I am interested in the Song Dynasty Ju Kiln ceramic tea set. Is the interior of this teapot glazed at all, or is it bare clay like a yixing teapot? I ask this because I would like to have the option of brewing several different types of oolong in one teapot without any flavors seeping into the teapot. Also, is the teapot made of fairly thick ceramic that would retain heat well? I am assuming that this teaset is priced a bit higher since it is handmade by a particular artist in a kiln? Is there anything else that would be of importance that you could tell me about this teapot that I might have missed? Thank you for your time.

    Travis Morten

  88. Tim Thill says:

    Larry and Yang Su,

    Received the order today..that was fast! I really appreciate the excellent service!


  89. Kristie Brady says:

    Dear Larry and Yang,

    The bamboo gaiwan came in the mail just a minute after I ordered it. Wow, you do fast work! My husband was so impressed with it (and he’s picky!) I’ll give it to him and take the lotus gaiwan for myself. I took your advice and ordered some tea, pureh is one of my favorites.

    May you have much happiness and prosperity in the new year,

    Kristie Brady

  90. Sally Mercer says:

    Hi Larry,

    I wanted to tell you my tea jar arrived safe and sound. It is really quite lovely–even nicer than the picture. I’m soaking it now. Let me know when Yang Su returns and you have new things on your web site. Thank you.

    Sally Mercer ( I bought the lion Yixing container)

  91. Gail Smith says:

    Dear Larry and Yang Su,

    This is just a quick note to let you know that we love your tea. I bought some at the Farmer’s Market in Mill Valley a day or so before Christmas, and l live in Seattle. My partner has often had trouble drinking black and green teas, though she loves them. They have made her too jittery, and been hard on her stomach. She had been drinking the black puer tea without problem, in fact feeling very good. We just bought some more, to share with friends, and a PC Piao I teapot. Thought you might enjoy the positive feedback.

    We enjoyed the slide shows on your website, too.

    Thank you! May your business prosper.

    Gail Smith

  92. Lo Mei says:

    Thank you. I love your tea. I find myself hoarding it for myself, not letting my kids and husband touch it, and adding more and more water to dilute it so I can make my last leaves last. Time to get some new stuff. Love your tea.

    Lo Mei

  93. Jeff Chop says:

    Larry and Yang Su,

    I bought some black Puer tea from you awhile back. It was excellent . Most of the Puer tea I have had tasted like dirt. I wondered why anyone would want to drink Puer tea. Then I read of the health benifits and decided to try some aged Puer, big difference. It is amazing that the tea can be brewed a number of times and still taste great. The first few brews out of the tea I just pour the water through the tea and it is plenty strong. A friend of mine bought some aged Puer from another company and it wasn’t as good as yours. I’m not even a tea drinker per say but I enjoy yours. I just placed another order.

    Sincerely, Jeff Chop

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!

  94. Ben Prentice says:

    Larry and Yang Su,

    I just wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying this tea tray! I’ve been an avid tea drinker for over 4 years now and I’ve always wanted one. This one for sure is among the nicest I have seen. I know for a fact that this tea tray will give me lots of joy for years to come. (This tray was actually a birthday gift from my mom =D) I would also like to try your tea soon!
    Thanks a lot!

    -Ben Prentice

  95. Terry Asker says:

    Larry thanks for the updates emailed earlier this summer… my wife and I have been slowly expanding our knowledge of quality Pu-er and Oolong teas and I wanted to let you know that we love your tea’s. They are fantastic and among the best of a large diversity that we have been sampling this summer! We will be putting another order together very soon..

    Please keep me updated with any relevant news from Pure Puer.

    All the best to you!


  96. Dave Britton says:


    I was amazed to receive the glass teapot on Tuesday. I know you ship VERY fast but with the long weekend I didn’t expect it to get here so quickly. I was also very surprised at the quality, especially considering the low price (compared to Japanese tea ware). It is very light and thin, making it quite suitable for high quality Chinese and Taiwanese green teas. Although I may prefer the taste of these teas brewed in porcelain, the results when using the glass teapot were still very good, and I must admit it is very pleasing to watch the “dancing” leaves in the glass pot.

    I had always wondered why the glass teapots had metal spring strainers instead of glass. When I purchased this I thought it would have the spring strainer in the spout. I was very pleased to see it had a glass strainer.

    FYI I always hesitated to drink Chinese tea due to safety concerns. I grew to trust Jing Tea Shop as I purchased quite a few Yixings from them. I decided to try their green teas and have been very happy with them, in spite of the fact they’re as or more expensive than most high quality Japanese teas. These Chinese green (and yellow) teas are quite unique and in my opinion are well worth the money. I have brewed three of them in the glass teapot with very good results; Meng Ding Huang Ya, An Ji Bai Cha AAA, and Weng Jia Shan Long Jing AAA. I cant’s wait for the people at Jing to return from their trip so I can purchase some Tai Ping Hou Kui; this one with the large green leaves must look awesome brewed in glass. Probably tastes awesome too!

    The glass teapot is another carefully chosen, great product being offered by Pure Puer at a very reasonable price.

    Dave Britton

  97. I was introduced to fine tea about fifteen years ago by a musician friend, first through single estate Indian/British style tea, then the spectacular Taiwanese oolongs, Japanese greens, and through my studies of tai chi, qigong and Tibetan traditions, finally puer. Puer has become my most beloved tea, what I reach for in the morning and through much of the day. Of all the sources I’ve tasted, my favorite puer’s (by far) come from Larry and his wife at Pure Puer. I have come to trust their recommendations and their passionate sourcing of intensely flavored, clean tea. Both of those aspects are very important to me. I’m a true fan– I carry it as I travel, brewing in hotel rooms with bottled water, and I give their puer to friends as gifts. Recently, while sharing some puer with an adult music student, he asked if I was eager to find rare puer’s on my travels (I’ll be in China later this year). I said that I keep my eyes open, but there’s no need, I won’t find tea as great as what Yang Su and Larry find. No doubt I will be carrying their puer into China, as odd as that sounds. Thank you, Yang Su and Larry, please keep finding great teas, please keep insisting on high standards, and thank you for the great tastes.

    Andrew Sterman

  98. Terry Asker says:

    Hi Larry,

    Just a quick note to thank you for the fast shipment on my recent order of your wonderful teas. My wife and I are just beginning to explore the many varieties of Pu-er’s and we look forward to tasting all the samples I have ordered. Everything we have tasted so far has been fantastic and I will follow-up with another email to let you know which tea’s are our favorites. We are both interested in Pu-er health benefits and especially active and invigorating Qi properties of the tea’s so if you have a personal recommendation of which tea’s best fit these qualities please let me know.

    Again thank you for the quick shipment, your personal note and the delicious Pu-er tea’s!

    Best regards,

    Terry Asker

  99. Ed Claborn says:

    Hi Larry. Thank you for sending the tea Priority Mail. It came in the right time. And I know how much it cost, so, THANK YOU! That was nice! I see you guys run your company like I do! You have a product that is good for the body, it sells itself, and generates positive feelings about the product and the business. Many blessings to you, your wife and your company! Have a wonderful day!

  100. Kim Barkus says:

    Larry and Yang Su,

    Thank you for the fast and courteous service you’ve provided in regards to my order. I had been seeking a provider of some of the Gong Fu items you offer, as well as your tea selection. The green tea cake is the first actual cake I’ve seen. Most of my prior puer purchases were loose. I enjoyed the smell and will soon be enjoying the taste this evening. And the accessories are fantastic quality.

    I am not sure if you’re familiar with, but they offer a free ad day each Wednesday where you can advertise your website, and you can network with others in your business. I would like to see your input on tea from China. There was a topic a few months back concerning pesticides in Chinese tea and I believe that you can provide insight into that subject, maybe dispel some of the growing concern amongst the tea drinkers.

    I am also noticing that more tea drinkers are becoming interested in Gong Fu. Many are interested, however, do not know where to start as there is so little information out there, and it’s difficult to find ceremonial supplies as the few shops on the net with these items available sell out of these items fairly quickly. I find myself buying a few items from several shops if they aren’t already out of them, and have resorted to ordering some items from a seller on e-bay that’s based in China, like a glass kettle for the induction cookers that are slowly making their way onto the net.

    Thanks again for the wonderful service.

    Kim Barkus

  101. John Suslov says:

    Hi Larry and Yang Su,

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve really been enjoying your products (the little yellow “master teapot” has been a lot of fun)–and to compliment you on your great skill in selecting products that are both elegant and affordable!

    John Suslov

  102. Cathy Martin says:


    I’ve been looking for a company like yours for a while. I appreciate your teas and the way you present them. Working as an acupuncturist, I look for ways for those who are far from their connection to the Earth to connect once again. Your teas and you are wonderful messengers.

    With gratitude,
    Cathy Martin

  103. Robert Furino says:

    Hi Larry & Yang Su,

    After ordering the Sampler Kit and trying the three types of tea, I preferred the Superior Black Puer.

    I also purchased a small water boiler so I’ll always have hot water to brew the tea. It has three temperature settings and defaults to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

    I just received a bag of the 2006 Mini Black Puer Tea Tuocha 5g. I plan to also order the 2005 Superior Brick.

    Since tasting your teas, I’ve almost quit drinking coffee and enjoy about 10 cups of tea a day.

    Thanks for your professionalism and the speedy delivery. I’ve already recommended you to a few of my family and friends.

  104. Jesse says:

    I’m not new to tea but new to puer. I discovered a tiny puer shop in Chinatown NY about a year ago and have been hooked on puer since. Unfortunately, that shop is no longer there which led me to search the internet. I’m so glad I could find a site with such delicious teas and as equally insightful. Thanks for the great teas and great website.

  105. Anonymous says:

    I was quite surprised to receive the package from Pure Puer today. I didn't expect it to have shipped yet, especially with this being a holiday weekend, let alone to have received it already. It arrived well packaged and in perfect condition.

    The quality is very high for such a modest price. Your site indicates the ceramics are made in Taiwan, so I shouldn't be surprised as other Taiwanese items I have are also of the same high quality.

    I usually use Yixings to brew Chinese and Taiwanese teas, but sometimes I like to use porcelain for comparison, especially with greens, whites, and high mountain oolongs (I had much difficulty matching these three teas with Yixings). The Golden Dragon set will be fine for this. Although it isn't anywhere near as thin and light as my Jing De Zhen gaiwan, it pours much, much better. The tea actually ends up in the cups!

    Thanks for the great product and service.

  106. Anonymous says:

    Howzit Larry,

    Mahalo for the pdf. file it was good to know that teas help. Just to let you know that I've been drinking Pu-erh teas since last August and I lost 46lb. and my blood cholesterol had drop 25pts. (WOO-HOO!!) I feel much better now and my total weight lost from six years till now is 285lb.!! (That's one "BIG" Hawaiian!!)

    Zia Jian & Aloha,


  107. Terry says:

    Aloha from Tea,
    who is loving this fabulous new tea ritual after a holiday filled with yixing tea pots, cups, green tea cakes ( one from the thousand year old tree! ummm!) hot water pitchers, a number of accessories and awesome bamboo trays. Well then, I just kinda knew after the first shipment arrived this was high quality stuff, and need not look any further!

    Thanks for sharing your travels with us Larry and Yang Su! I look forward to seeing what goodies you bring home after your next journey to the East.

    Maybe something special to go in our ‘on the drawing board tea room’ hopefully to become part of our long awaited home in paradise.
    With a warm Aloha and many kind thanks,

  108. Anonymous says:

    I originally bought this tea for my husband to drink at work to help lower his cholesterol. I use the large tea pot and brew 10 cups all at once. He brings it to work in a thermos. I never thought I would become so attached to the tea myself. I am a Peet’s coffee addict and drink French Roast decaf every morning. However I started drinking the tea in the afternoon (as iced tea) and now drink several cups almost every day. It does not keep me awake at night but does give me a boost of energy. I love it! I have also enjoyed attending some of the wonderful tea tasting events hosted by Larry and Yang Su. It is a great way to learn more about tea, eat some delicious Chinese dim sum and meet other people interested in tea. It is so interesting to listen to Larry and Yang Su talk about their travels to China and their tea experiences. Carrie

  109. Anonymous says:

    Caron says:

    I was introduced to Pure Puer tea about a 16 months ago. Perhaps, not sure what I was getting into decided to try in hopes of improving my cholesterol number. I do not take cholesterol medicine, but try to lower with a homeopathic approach. I have to mention I am very sensitive to any caffeine. In the beginning when I started drinking the tea I developed a bad headache. I use very little of the Puer tea, almost diluted. After 3 months being on the tea I ran a cholesterol blood test. 8 months prior my number was 300, after drinking the tea, to my surprise it lowered to 257. My headaches are much better and I use very little tea and was still very successful at lowering my cholesterol and loosing a little weight as well. I use to be a little depressed thinking I could never lower my cholesterol, but I can’t wait to get my next cholesterol results. There is definite health benefits from drinking this wonderful aromatic tea. The tea is very high quality and quite delicious. I love my teapots and it makes drinking the tea a pleasurable experience. It helps me to get into my morning ritual. I only drink my tea early morning and early afternoon. I am energized for my busy day at the dental office. Thank you Larry and Yang Su for your generosity,care and for making a difference in my health. cm

  110. Anonymous says:

    I have always loved tea, but never tasted anything so refreshing and soothing as Pure Puer teas. My husband and I drink a cup in the morning and another in the afternoon. We’ve found the afternoon cup of tea is a great way to unwind and keeps us from raiding the pantry for less healthy snacks. Even without the added health benefits, it tastes AMAZING – the Jin Yu Xuan is our favorite black puer so far, and if you haven’t tried the Thousand Year Wild Tree Green Puer, you are in for something special! Even the aroma of the dry cake is heavenly. Don’t rush this tea, take your time to savor every sip, to the last drop. It’s truly an experience all its own. Many thanks to Larry and Yang Su! Their vast knowledge of puer tea along with great customer service, makes the best place to buy these remarkable teas.

    Eagle, Idaho

  111. Ramon says:

    I discovered puer about one month ago through the internet which provided numerous sites and articles. The first taste came from a local tea merchant but I also purchased some tuocha and loose puer from a merchant I found online. As I’ve come to discover, part of appreciating and enjoying puer is knowing as much as possible about its provenance.

    I decided to order from Pure Puer because the website is easy to navigate and inviting. Most important, I liked the text that clearly discloses information about the tea (factory, harvest year, type, and harvest area) together with images. I spoke to Larry by accident in the sense that I called to modify my order. He has been extremely affable and responded to all manner of questions about my new-found interest.

    Of the tea I ordered, I’d like to recommend the 2006 Gu-Hua “Rice Pollen” Green Cake. As I said to Larry, it is fantastic! Holy smoke! It is mildly nutty with bright honey tones. The 2007 Wenlong Green Cake has a very different character in that it opens with slightl bitterness. It fades as mild earthy flavors emerge in the finish.

    I’ve decided that green puer is my favorite. Because I don’t plan on long-term storage, what I acquire probably won’t change in flavor much before it’s all gone!

    Thanks again, Larry, for your help.

  112. bret_wiley says:

    As a first time customer with Pure Puer Tea, I was very impressed. Not only with the quality of the product, but also with the interest that Larry and Yang Su have in their customers. These day’s with Puer Tea being the new est in thing, there’s lots of bad Puer Tea out there. But that’s not the case here. Their tea’s very high quality. Expensive? Yes, but considering the leaves can be infused multiple times, then on a per cup basis, its really quite affordable. I purchased one of the Green Tea Cake’s, a Gaiwan and a Yixing container. All very nice. I don’t really drink Puer Tea because of the health benefits, I drink it because it tastes good. And if there are any health benefits, well that’s an added bonus. Earthy, slightly vegetal and sweet. I’m curious to see how the teas flavor will develop over time. ( if it lasts that long ) Looking forward to my next purchase. Thanks Larry and Yang Su for your generosity and care which you have for your customers. Bret

  113. Anonymous says:

    I bought a 2006 Superior Black Cake for my wife’s birthday in May; it was the “backup” gift. I figured it would be an unusual gift she might use.

    And now, amazingly enough, I’m actually drinking the stuff myself. This from a fellow who discovered espresso in the early 1970s and drinks four to five cups of strong coffee a day. (I now substitute Puer for my late-in-the-day coffee.)

    The “health benefits” with Puer were another reason to buy and although we’ve no way to tell if it’s the tea, my wife’s weight is down to a twenty year low (she looks great) and I’ve lost weight too.

    And note basic Puer tea is cheaper than a “Starbuck habit.” We’re only about 60 percent through our cake and have been drinking for about 6 months–all for 30 dollars.

    Plus Puer tea is much easier on the stomach than French Roast and once again, you can drink it later in the day–with no fear that it will effect your sleep.

    We’re placing another order soon and are going to try some of the green variety.


  114. Maureen says:

    When I began my puer tea adventure, I felt fortunate to find Pure Puer. The site is educational, easy to navigate and fun to browse. Then, upon receiving my first order, I was introduced to Larry and Yang Su via a small hand-written thank-you note. Their care and concern for both their customers and their product shines through. I have sampled several of the black puers and I am delighted with these clean, tasty teas. The chrysanthemum puer alone is a total experience of elegance and taste. I now feature a small puer tea section in my cupboard, nestled next to my earthy yixing teapot. Making tea has become a beautiful ritual of many flavors. One that I can savor for myself and offer to my friends. Thank you Larry and Yang Su!

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