Sunday, 11 December 2011

What is Tea

What is Tea
Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by adding cured leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant to hot water. The term also refers to the plant itself. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.It has a cooling, slightly bitter,astringent flavour which many enjoy.
The term herbal tea usually refers to infusions of fruit or herbs made without the tea plant, such as rose hip tea or chamomile tea. Alternative terms for this are tisane or herbal infusion, both bearing an implied contrast with tea. This article is concerned exclusively with preparations and uses of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, the Minnan word for which is the etymological origin of the English word TEA.


The flavor profiles and quality change year to year, like wine, and is influenced by soil, temperature, rainfall, elevation and other elements in nature. Even the botanicals growing nearby can affect the flavors of the tea

White Tea

This tea is the unopened bud of the tealeaf. After the bud is picked, it is withered and the moisture is allowed to evaporate and dry. It is very high in antioxidants and low in caffeine. When the buds are picked, the tea farmers lose the leaves that make popular and marketable teas. This is why white tea is rare and expensive. A true white tea is only produced in Fujian China and has a silvery and fuzzy appearance. The infusion is very pale and has a mild flavour.

Yellow Tea

This tea is rarely found in the states. It is a green tea with yellow leaves that were encouraged to turn yellow by the stir-frying stage of the tea making process. We now carry yellow tea. Please visit Shop Online.

Green Tea

This tea is high in antioxidants, Vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. The freshly picked leaves are allowed to dry, then are heated to stop the oxidation. This tea has antioxidants and more caffeine than white tea. China greens have a smoky or toasty flavor and green teas from Japan have a grassy or herbal taste.

Pu ehr

This is a compressed tea produced only in China. This tea has health benefits reputed to aid in digestion and weight loss. It also helps to lower cholesterol.
Pu ehr is shaped into nests, bricks, and balls or sold loose. We carry Tu cha, shaped like bird’s nest. This tea is actually a living organism and improves with age. It has an earthy flavor and the recipe is highly guarded. During the Ming dynasty, anyone found trespassing where the tea was produced would be killed.


The methods of producing a black tea vary greatly from country to country. This tea is fully oxidized and is very high in caffeine. There are 4 steps involved in the production of this tea; withering, rolling, oxidizing and firing or drying. It loses some of its vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants from the manufacturing process.


These teas are scented with the addition of flowers or herbs and can be a white, green, oolong or black tea. We carry a White Jasmine that has been scented multiple times with the fresh blossoms of jasmine. To scent the tea, the tealeaves are layered with jasmine, orchids or other blossoms and herbs. They are left overnight and the next day the blossoms are removed. The tealeaf is very porous and picks up the scent of the blossom.


Most teas varieties can be flavored, but a rare and complex tea should be enjoyed with no flavors added. Flavors can come from the addition of fruits, essence and herbs.

Herbal Infusions

An herbal can be a blend of roots, bark, flowers, leaves, and stems to produce a beverage with many health benefits. Most are caffeine-free.

Fruit Infusions

These tisanes were developed in Europe and consist of apples, rosehips, hibiscus and a myriad of other fruits and botanicals. This is a great beverage for kids because it is high in vitamin c and is caffeine-free. Fruit infusion can be enjoyed hot or iced and you can even freeze into pops.


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