History Of Tea
Tea is nearly 5,000 years old and was discovered,as legend has it,in 2737 B.C. by a Chinese Emperor when some tealeaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.In the 1600s, tea became popular throughout Europe and the American colonies. Today American schoolchildren learn about the famous Boston Tea Party protesting the British tea tax-one of the acts leading to the Revolutionary War.During this century, two major American contributions to the tea industry occurred. In 1904, iced tea was created at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, and in 1908, Thomas Sullivan of New York developed the concept of tea in a bag. Tea breaks down into three basic types: Black, Green, and Oolong. In the U.S., over 90 percent of the tea consumed is black tea, which has been fully oxidized or fermented and yields a hearty-flavored, amber brew. Some of the popular black teas include English Breakfast (good breakfast choice since its hearty flavor mixes well with milk), Darjeeling and Orange Pekoe.
Types Of Tea
All tea is produced from a plant called Camellia sinensis. The thousands of different varieties of teas available in the world only vary by the region it was grown, the time of year picked, and the processing method. Premium teas come from all over the world and many of Chinese and Japanese teas fit into one of these main categories of tea: white, green, oolong, and black tea. herbal infusions or tisanes, sometimes called herbal tea, which do not actually contain the Camellia sinensis plant. Each type of tea has its own characteristics including a different taste and differing health benefits.
White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. This loose leaf tea brews a light color and flavor. Find out more about white tea or shop our White Teas.White tea is very different,it has a delicate, fruity taste. Some white teas are very floral, while others have notes of hay or milk chocolate. Flavored white teas are also available, and are commonly blended or flavored with fruit, flowers and herbs (such as mint).White tea is made from the ‘buds’ and sometimes the leaves of the tea plant. White tea is often described as ‘minimally processed’ and ‘unoxidized.’ It is minimally processed — it is basically plucked
Green tea is the most popular type of tea, mainly because it is the beverage of choice in Asia.Some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavored teas.Find out more about green tea or shop our Green Teas.Each of these green tea ingredients works together to provide a wonderful product that is delicious, as well as healthy. Keep in mind that the way in which the product is made will determine the level of beneficial ingredients in green tea. For example, the Chinese people have long pan fired or steamed the leaves, retaining the highest level of nutrients.
Oolong tea, also known as wu long tea, is full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance and sweet aroma.Most people commonly recognize oolong tea as the Chinese tea served in Chinese restaurants. Find out more about oolong tea or shop our Oolong Teas.Oolong tea is a product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. This is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea. The difference is in the processing. Oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented, and green tea is unfermented. Oolong tea is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness.
Black tea is the tea most people know since you likely grew up dipping tea bags of black tea in your cup (or enjoyed this tea from an iced tea pitcher in the South). Find out more about black tea or shop our Black Teas.It is actually the ingredients present in black tea, that make it so useful to us. Caffeine is one such ingredient, which is considered to be a great stimulant and energizer.Black tea is generally stronger in flavor than the less oxidized teas. Two principal varieties of the species are used – the small-leaved Chinese variety plant
Herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Herbal teas can be broken into three categories: rooibos teas, mate teas,and herbal infusions. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. They can be delicious hot or iced. Find out more about herbal teas or shop our Herbal Teas. herbal teas can be served hot or cold. Herbal teas have been used for nearly as long as written history extends.
Rooibos tea, or red tea, is made from a South African red bush. Rooibos teas can be delicious hot or iced. Find out more about rooibos teas or shop our Rooibos Teas.Rooibos tea is a tea brewed pretty much exclusively from the plant Aspalathus linearis, and it is becoming a more popular beverage to drink in part due to its taste (being semi-sweet and less bitter than green and black tea) and having a low to no caffeine content, as well as marketing suggesting its antioxidant properties are healthful.
Mate tea is considered the coffee lover’s favorite tea. Made from the leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant, our My Morning Mate is a particular favorite of coffee drinkers because it tastes like coffee. Find out more about mate teas or shop our Mate Teas.Mate is consumed as a health food. Packages of yerba mate are available in health food stores and are frequently stocked in the large supermarkets of Europe, Australia and the United States. By 2013, Asian interest in the drink had seen significant growth and led to significant export trade.
Also called artisan or flowering teas, these teas actually ‘bloom’ as they steep. They are hand tied by tea artists and often include some type of flavor or scent along with the beautiful design.These romantic teas make a great gift for your significant other! Shop our Blooming Teas.Blooming Tea is hand crafted from the finest single estate white tea leaves, grown in the high altitude regions of the Hunan province of Southern China. This is a pristine environment where tea is grown via stringent guidelines, without the use of harmful chemicals, producing some of the most highly prized teas in the world. Blooming Tea is IMO Certified Organic, and produced exclusively for our organisation.