Dating back to around 350 A.D., tea bricks were an essential part of trading partnerships and culture throughout the ages. Originally used as a form of currency, food, and medicine, pressed tea was easier to transport and the scoring across the brick pattern allowed for pieces to be broken apart to use as payment for services and other goods. Tea brick flavor and price appreciates with aging, much like wine, but we believe these beautiful bricks will not last long in your house. Green and black tea bricks are available. To use, you simply shave off as much as you'd like into a diffuser and steep as you would any other tea. The flavor is deep and rich, and the presentation and detail in the bricks are particularly stunning.