Puer cakes, bing, beeng, or discs. Whatever name you choose, drinking Puer tea pressed into cake form requires a bit of preparation. Puer tea has traditionally been pressed into many forms which aided in its shipment and storage. In order to get Puer tea into your cup, you must break it apart into smaller pieces that fit neatly in a teapot. This tutorial will demonstrate how to easily break apart your Puer tea cake.
1 Puer tea cake 1 Tool (Either a tea needle or tea knife, preferably a knife that is not sharp in order to avoid injury) 1 Wrapper or piece of paper to catch stray fragments for later drinking
We recommend using a tea tool that is easy to handle and only sharp at its point. Some teas cakes are pressed very tightly. Should you slip when separating the cake, you can avoid a trip to the hospital if you are using a safe tool. Better to use a butter knife than a pairing knife.
Insert the tool into the cake, starting from the center of the outer ridge and pushing in towards the dimple in the middle of the cake. Be sure to work away from the direction of your hand in case of slippage! Each time you insert the tool, gently jiggle it up and down like you are working a lever. Continue to work your way around the cake until you have made holes from every angle, like you are working your way around the hours of a clock.
As you work your way around the cake, it should become more and more pliable, with a gap widening in the center. When the gap becomes large enough, you can slide your hand in and pry the Puer tea cake apart.