I got a prompt response from the kind people at Peet’s:
Thanks for your email, and for taking the time to write to us!
I happen to love our Ancient Trees Organic Pu-erh, and give it as a gift
all the time! It’s a very unique tea that is almost black — it looks
remarkably like coffee — and it has amazing notes of vanilla and
almond. The unique “bowl” shape is termed Tuo Cha, achieved by
traditional pile-fermenting, pressing and drying techniques.
In the mountains of southwest Yunnan is a forest containing semi-wild
tea plants, many of them centuries-old and as tall as trees. The local
people have been making organic Pu-erh tea from these old-growth tea
trees for many generations. This is where the name for this tea comes
Thanks again for contacting us! If you have any questions, or if there
is anything else that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to let me
Customer Service Representative
PEET’S COFFEE & TEA
PO Box 12509
Berkeley, CA 94712
So I guess that means no trees are harmed in the making of this tea.