A Tea Addict's Journal


May 14, 2009 · 6 Comments

As I think I’ve mentioned a few times before, I am writing a column for a tea magazine in China, especially on issues of cross-cultural tea habits.  I was thinking about writing on the topic of pumidors (puerh humidors) — a rather unique American thing, I think, especially when you are talking about elaborate setups.  I am interested in what people have done, and would appreciate if anybody can volunteer a picture or two of their creation.  Please leave a comment if you have something to share.  Thanks

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  • Wesli // May 15, 2009 at 12:14 am | Reply


  • MarshalN // May 15, 2009 at 9:47 am | Reply

    Very nice Wesli! I didn’t see this before. How is it working out now?

  • AkedoMakona // May 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Reply

    Dear Marshaln,

    I have been using one for about 8 months now.
    It started out as jut a 2 level cabinet with swinging doors that I stored my Pu’er in.
    Sheng on top, Shu on bottom.
    After about 6 months of that I bought some humidity controllers from a cigar store (just using water to super-saturate a gel) and a hydrometer gauge off ebay.
    I’m using 4 humidity controllers and 3 cups of water both on the top and bottom.
    It holds the humidity at about 65% with some variation.

    Its been to short really to judge the effects, some like the Bamboo wrapped youl Pu’er from NadaCha has become weak (it was only $2, but I liked it the first time. It could just be that my taste in tea has matured in the 4 months of aging), and others, like the the 2007 Boyou “Man Lu Da Shan” have befitted.

    Hope this helps!
    Post or send me your Email for some Pictures: AkedoMakona@Gmail.com is mine.

    All the Best,

  • sherabch // June 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Reply

    I simply keep my puerhs in two non-clear lid totes; one for sheng and the other for shu. And then leave two open glass bottle with water filled, and keep a humidometer insder — it reads 75 around… I started doing this for only a year or so, but one thing I observe is that whenever I open the totes, I can smell very nice and that special sweetness of puerh!

  • Anonymous // June 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Reply

    Some good pics from that Drax guy — he posted pics of his empty custom pumidor a while back, which you probably saw… here are some of it with tea in it, just in case you missed them.

    Since I’ve moved, and my only good candidate for tea storage besides my little tea tansu is a cedar lined closet, I’ve been revisiting the idea of a custom cabinet.

    ps – I hope you will publish (and translate back to English) your article for us to see when you’re finished with it!

  • Anonymous // June 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Reply

    pps – Did you see the one that teaeye (Tom) made out of an Ikea storage bag? I thought that one was pretty clever!

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