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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Videos of Pressing Puer Cakes

Here are some of the Puer videos that I promised to post. These were taken in a small factory in Mo Jiang that we had visited this past April. You can see that it's clean and all the workers wear uniforms, hats and masks. Before we entered the factory, we were asked to put on a similar uniform and shoe covers.

After a worker weighs the Mao Cha, it goes into a holder that is placed on top of steam to soften the leaves. I love this process, it's like magic!


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Then another worker takes the steamed leaves and skillfully wraps the leaves in a piece of cloth before pressing. It's very difficult to do it right and he does it with such beauty.


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This is a video of the machine pressing a Puer cake.

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There will be more videos in the next couple of posts. I can't wait to go back!





4 comments:

H.Gerber said...

SO cool to watch! thanks for taking time to post this!

Unknown said...

How much weight, or pressure, does the pressing machine use?

Connie M

Shiuwen said...

Hannah, Glad you like the videos.

Shiuwen said...

Connie, Good question. I actually don't know the answer. In the old times, they use stone and body weigh to press tea. One got to try hard to lift the stone. If you put the two together, then you can probably imagine the weight they use to press tea.