Small Green Tea Brick (boxed) Steenbergs details and description
Tea bricks (zhūan chá) are nowadays a great gift idea for tea lovers and those who have everything. In the past, tea bricks were a very common way to transport tea in caravans along the Silk Road. To protect the tea from the climate, it was processed and shaped into bricks. The drying process involved pressing the tea into its classic brick shape, often with a decorative look to it. Tea was also used as a currency and you get a hint of this by the segments that are pressed into the back. For more on tea bricks, try Wikipedia.
The brick tea factory in Zhao liqiao, Chibi City, Hubei Province, is authorized as one of the Chinese oldest manufacturers and appointed for producing the green brick tea by the state. It begun to mass produce the brick tea in 1860s in Qing Dynasty. With Gorges as its trademark, the green brick tea is process with the help of the advanced technology according to the traditional handicrafts. The unique feature of the green brick teas has been greatly applealing to customers of all walks of life. The product, finely processed from a good selection of tea, is the best of all the products of green brick tea mnaufactured in our factory. Apart from its convenience for drinking, it enjoys a fine quality, surely recommended as the first class drinkable stuff and a perfect present for friends and relatives.
These smaller tea bricks are: 18.5cm x 12cm x 2cm. The design on these smaller tea bricks involves trees surrounding a pagoda style building with eight panels on the reverse.
These are made from Chinese green tea. Each tea brick comes in its own Steenbergs kraft box, along with an information card, making it a wonderful tea gift.
To loosen the tea: tea bricks are hard and compressed. This is how they are meant to be. The way to loosen the tea is traditionally to use a needle or knife, but you can use a screwdriver or chisel. Holding the brick flat to the surface, try and find an edge within the tea and then patiently try to loosen it. Once the needle or sharp point is within the tea brick, you need carefully to insert it further and rotate and press until it is loose. Be careful that you do not injure yourself.