Laochatou - Ripe Pu'er Tea Nuggets


One of the most tasty and unique ways to enjoy Pu’er tea! Translated as “old tea heads,” these compressed Pu'er tea nuggets from Menghai, Yunnan are the result of a natural part of the Shou (ripe) Pu’er fermentation process, when tea lumps form as a result of the heat and compression of wet-piling fermentation.

Each batch is comprised of a blend of different ages of tea, fermentation gradients, and tea producers, resulting in a unique blend with each batch that is never replicated. Each nugget brews at least 4-5 cups of tea and has a malty, creamy, soft, and smooth taste.

Pu’er is an aged fermented tea from China’s Yunnan province. Not only does the fermentation process lend pu’er its distinct flavor, it also boosts its medicinal properties—pu’er tea is high in antioxidants, and studies show it can fight oxidative stress, promote weight loss, and regulate blood sugar. Pu’er tea also possesses anti-cancer properties. It has a lower caffeine level, less than coffee and green tea, which make it a great choice for drinking late into the day.

It’s also a highly-coveted tea with an obsessed fanbase. As one writer said, “Pu-erh, which is processed in a special way to encourage microbial fermentation after the leaves are dried, ages more dynamically than any tea out there. It does not have fans. It has junkies who buy kilos of the stuff at a time to bliss out on days-long brewing sessions, only dropping out of their highs long enough to argue over the best pu-erh blends, growing regions, and storage methods. There are grasping amateurs who buy, gift, and drink the tea to gain social status among Chinese elite.”

Pu’er has been called China’s best-kept secret for weight loss. Animal and test-tube studies show that it can help synthesize fewer new fats while burning more stored body fat. In one animal study, pu’er was also the only variety of tea capable of raising the level of good cholesterol and lowering the level of bad cholesterol.

Packaged in small paper bags.


  1. Remove tea nugget from packaging
  2. Place your tea brick into a cup, then pour boiling water directly over the tea. Allow the tea to steep for 4-5 minutes (Laochatou require a bit longer steeping time than regular Pu’er tea)
  3. Enjoy

Note: You can repeat the above steps and brew several cups of tea from one Pu'er nugget