If you’re reading this article then you are probably wondering what cha gao puer tea is, or what cha gao is comprised of.
Cha gao translates to “tea paste”, but it’s actually a dry compressed tea extract. The basic process involves boiling tea into a condensed form, drying the liquid, and then aging the resulting material. You’ll typically find it compressed into little squares.
It takes about a kilogram of tea to produce approximately 200 grams of cha gao tea.
Some collectors of Yixing teaware use cha gao tea to season their teapots.
Although this type of tea has been produced since the Qing dynasty, whatever techniques were used by the imperials of that era were lost in the sands of time. It is not clear whether or not modern techniques are similar to the ancient methods.