WHAT IS TEA?
Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, surpassed only by water and all teas come from the same plant, the Camelia Sinensis. Anything else, while sometimes called “tea”, is more accurately referred to as an herbal tea or tisane. Camellia sinensis is a sub-tropical, evergreen plant native to Asia but is now grown around the world. The tea plant grows best in loose, deep soil, at high altitudes, and in sub-tropical climates.
HOW MANY TYPES OF TEAS ARE THERE?
There are Six (6) types made from the Camelia Sinensis: all with different levels of oxidation. Tisanes or Herbal infusions are made from different plants and herbs.
1.White Tea – Ideal Brewing Temperature 160 F.
2.Green Tea – Ideal Brewing Temperature 160 – 180 F.
3.Oolong Tea – Ideal Brewing Temperature 190 – 200 F.
4.Black Tea (Know as Red Tea in China) – Ideal Brewing Temperature 180 – 212 F.
5.Yellow Tea – Ideal Brewing Temperature 160 – 180 F.
6.Fermented Teas (Pu’erh) – Ideal Brewing Temperature 205 – 212 F.
7. Herbal Infusions – Ideal brewing temperature varies on the herb but rule of thumb is around 212 F or full boiling point.
WHEN DID TEA DRINKING BEGIN?
The history of tea is one infused with myth and legends, however it has been recorded to have shifted from food to drink as early as 1500 years ago in China.
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two teas in a pot
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