Begin to heat water with whatever implements are available. Bring the water to a rolling boil (100°C or 212°F) or to the temperature when bubbles are frequently breaking the surface of the water.(~95°C or ~200°F).
Puer tea is often compressed into cakes or other forms. If the cake is pliable or easy to break apart by hand, tease the leaves apart and place them into the teapot. Allowing more surface area for your puer tea will lessen brewing times and allow for a more even steeping experience. If the puer is too tightly compressed, simply increase your rinse time and allow the puer tea to naturally open up. As for measuring tea, if you have a scale, then measure out 1 gram for every 15ml of water in your vessel. If you do not have a scale, place enough dry leaf in your teapot to fill roughly 1/4 to 1/3 of the vessel. If you are using a very large teapot and do not want to use that much leaf, you may alternatively use a smaller amount of leaf and increase the steeping times below by 20 seconds or more. Lastly, keep in mind that the dry leaf will expand upon brewing, so what may look like a small amount of tea is going to be plenty.
Puer tea is often aged or produced in conditions which would benefit from a bit of rinsing. Rinsing your tea serves a dual purpose of washing the tea of any dust or debris and priming the leaves for steeping. In some cases, a puer tea might have been pressed many years ago. A rinse with boiling water will "wake up" the leaves and loosen them from their compressed state. We recommended two glasses at beginning of the article. As we alluded to above, one of the goals of the rinse is to remove the excess dust and other undesirable elements. Therefore, the rinse water is poured into the receptacle cup and can be discarded.
Now the tea is primed and ready to be steeped. Pour the hot water into the vessel and allow it to steep very briefly (1-3 seconds) and pour it off into the glass. The tea is now ready to drink. Be careful of the hot temperature and enjoy! Remove the Dregs. After finishing your first cup of (hopefully) delicious tea, you may notice that small bits and pieces of leaf are remaining in the glass. The remaining fragments of tea are not harmful, but can easily be poured off into the receptacle cup before preparing the next cup of tea. Using a filter or strainer is another solution.