Cooked (Shou) Pu-Erh

Cooked Pu-Erh is pressed raw tea that has been specially processed to imitate aged Pu-Erh.

The process used to convert raw tea into cooked Pu-erh is a recent invention that manipulates conditions to approximate the result of the aging process by prolonged bacterial and fungal fermentation in a warm humid environment under controlled conditions. This technique, called Wo Dui, ("wet piling" in English) involves piling, dampening, and turning the tea leaves to encourage further fermentation.