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Types of Tea

BLACK TEA

BLACK TEA is the fully oxidized leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. BLACK TEA is hand plucked, and then the TEA leaves are bruised as they go through the "oxidation" process.

BLACK TEA contains about 20% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.

 

OOLONG TEA

OOLONG TEA is a traditional Chinese tea which belongs somewhere between green tea and back tea in oxidation.  It is produced through a unique process including withering under the sun and oxidation before curling and twisting.   Unlike Green Tea, OOLONG TEA is fermented, but the process is carefully monitored by a TEA master and stopped before the leaves begin to change color, as they do with Black Tea.  

OOLONG TEA has a long and colorful history to match the vibrant color and aroma of this special TEA nick-named "BLACK DRAGON TEA" after the dark, long and curly TEA leaves that are used to make it.  You will commonly find yourself drinking OOLONG when dining in Chinese restaurants.

OOLONG TEA is a favorite weight loss tea since this tea helps boost metabolism, digest body fat and block carbohydrates.   OOLONG TEA has about 10-15% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.

 

GREEN TEA

GREEN TEA is made solely with the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.  GREEN TEA is dried, but not fermented.   The shorter processing gives GREEN TEA a lighter flavor than Black Tea.  It also helps keep all the beneficial compounds intact, which is why GREEN TEA is so good for you. 

Unless specifically decaffeinated, green tea contains some caffeine.  However, the average serving of brewed coffee contains 145 mg of caffeine, the same serving size of green tea contains only around 25 mg.

 

WHITE TEA

WHITE TEA comes from the delicate buds and younger leaves of the Chinese Camillia Sinensis plant.  These buds and leaves are allowed to wither in natural sunlight before they are lightly processed to prevent oxidation or further fermentation.  This preserves the characteristic flavor of WHITE TEA.

The name "WHITE TEA" derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance.

WHITE TEA contains very little caffeine-only around 15 mg per serving.

 

ROOIBOS

(The correct pronunciation is ROY-BOSS-But we have heard others call it ROY-BUS or ROY-BOSE is what I find myself calling it...)

ROOIBOS is a flavorful, caffeine-free alternative to tea for those seeking to eliminate caffeine intake.  It is also known as "RED TEA" as it is made from the leaves of the Aspalathus Linearis (or "red bush") plant, which grows only in the small Cederberg region of South Africa. Because it does not derive from the Camillia Sinensis plant (like black, white, green or oolong teas), rooibos tea is considered more of an herbal drink than a "true" tea.   The ROOIBOS leaves are oxidized, which produces the distinctive reddish-brown color of ROOIBOS and enhances the flavor.

ROOIBOS is a flavorful, caffeine-free alternative to tea for those seeking to eliminate caffeine intake.  

 

HERB & FRUT and HERBAL INFUSIONS

HERBAL TEA or sometimes referred to as a TISANE is a herbal or infusion that is not made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant.   Typically, HERBAL TEA is the combination of dried herbs, flowers & fruit.  What is commonly referred to as an "herbal tea" is actually an infusion made from a plant other than the Camellia Sinensis plant For this reason, many use the term "tisane" (pronounced tea-zahn)  or "infusion".

Types of Tisanes

Leaf tisanes: lemon balm, mint, lemongrass, nettle, mistletoe, birch, ginkgo and verbena

Flower tisanes: rose, camomile, mallow, hibiscus, sunflower, marigold, elderflowers, passion flowers and lavender
Fruit/berry tisane: raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, juniper berries and apples

Seed/spice tisanes: cardamom, cloves, aniseed, caraway, thyme and fennel

Root tisanes: ginger, valerian, & ginseng

Bark tisanes: cinnamon

 

MATE (pronounced Ma-tay) 

Maté is a wild shrub from Argentina that makes a delicious, flavorful tea. Maté tea contains a stimulant similar to caffeine, although without the jitteriness.  It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of Yerba Maté. "Yerba Maté" therefore translates literally as the "cup herb".

 

PU-ERH TEA

PU-ERH is a variety of post-fermented tea produced in Yunnan province, China.  Post-fermentation is a tea production style in which the tea leaves undergo a microbial fermentation process after they are dried and rolled.  This is a Chinese specialty and is sometimes referred to as dark tea.  Chinese doctors consider PU-ERH as a tea that cleanses the body of fat and toxins. Pu-erh tea is regarded as the best amongst all teas for its body slimming function.  Recent research suggests that consuming 5-8 cups of Pu-erh Tea each day can reduce cholesterol and plaque of the arteries.