Section one is always reserved for a brief foray into the world of puerh (pu’er, pu-er, pu’erh) tea. I recognize that most people don’t really care about tea. They neither have time for it nor are they particularly interested in finding the time. Frequently, I propose to patients ways to make tea more sensible and convenient given its benefits. To this end, I’ve started blogging on some of the more popular topics that arise around the subject of puerh tea, which you can find on the website Puerh Junky.
Generally speaking, the subject of puerh will appeal to two types: the health-enthusiast and the connoisseur. Sounds intimidating. It’s perfect for people who enjoy adding a flair to their morning ritual or being mindful toward the special things they consume. For some its cigars, others wine, still others craft beers. Often it’s a matter of timing, of pairing… or imperative. It all depends. On the whole, the cost/cup ratio for even good tea is much less than it is for these other enjoyments.
This week I started experimenting with a recipie I learned. Here it is:
Easy Morning Energy Drink
10g ripe puerh
1t coconut oil
1t palm oil
20oz boiling hot water, for thermos or teapot.
You can rinse your puerh through a quick infusion of about 20s then dumping out the water, but this is definitely optional. Pour boiling water on puerh leaves in teapot or preferably thermos. Steep at least 10m. Pour through strainer into a mug that holds 8oz water. Add the oils and stir. Sip this over at least 30m but as long as one hour.
You can have the remaining brew without the oil for sipping after meals the remainder of the day. If you have sensitivity to caffeine, the oils may mollify their effects. I’m looking for others’ feedback on this. Without stacking the deck, you may want to pay attention to energy levels, hunger, and bowel quality and frequency. You can learn more about a variation on Mongolian and Tibetan butter tea from Tim Ferriss.
In any case, drinking puerh for health requires very little fanfare. You may want to try the 2012 Menghai Ripe, 357g or the 2013 Sweet Brick, 250g. Both are smooth, sweet, and on sale. There’s even an additional 10% off for first-timers.