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Types and Classifications of Tea
Intro to Tea
If you prefer a cup of tea over coffee, you’re among a devoted group. Many people love tea for its relaxing and pleasant tasting flavors. But did you know that all tea comes from the same plant?
It all comes from the tea bush, which is an evergreen. What is done after harvesting is what makes teas taste different?
Health Benefits of Tea
Tea Shapes & Forms
Many tea purists will tell you that tea in teabags that come from the grocery store is not tea at all. They call it “tea dust” as it does not contain actual tea leaves (depending on the brand). So, they will recommend that you buy your tea loose and brew it yourself in tea balls (or tea infusers). This is important to know if you are giving a tea gift basket to a tea connoisseur!
Black Tea is created by allowing the tea leaves to ripen after picking. They will develop a strong flavor. The longer it’s left to ripen, the darker it will become.
It’s up to the tea grower to know how long to let it age before shipping to market.
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Green tea is the result of a quick picking and fast packaging. It’s not allowed to ripen, as black tea is. So it remains its natural green color.
It is sent quickly to its package shortly after it is picked off the tea bush. Because of this rapid handling time, it keeps most of its health benefits.
That’s why you hear so much about the benefits of drinking green tea.
Green Tea Trivia
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White tea is not the same as green tea, although both are light in color. White tea is actually taken off the tea bush before the leaf is fully ripe. It’s chosen in its bud state to retain the delicate aroma and taste as well as health benefits.
Because of its bud form, it is prized and rare and the most costly tea available. It also has many more of the powerful antioxidant benefits than any other type of tea does. It is also said to help with fighting aging.
How to Brew Different Types of Tea
Oolong Tea is harvested in a process time that is not as long as black tea and not as short as green tea. The tea leaves are allowed to oxidize longer than green tea and will turn a rich brownish color. They are prized for their silky taste.
Flavored teas are very popular as well because of their interesting taste profiles. Most flavors are added to black tea. The very popular Earl Grey is an example of a tea that has been flavored. You can also find flavored green teas in the supermarket as well.
Finding Your Perfect Tea
It used to be that you had to search long and hard to find a good quality tea in America. Now, there’s every type and flavor you can imagine lining the supermarket shelves. But every tea is not created equal.
Some lesser teas are made of the crumbled remains after the best leaves are taken out of the batch. The closer you come to whole leaf tea, the better the tea will taste and the more health benefits. The more that’s done to the tea to process it, the less health benefits remain.
Try to brew your own loose tea at home for the best taste and the most antioxidants. You may just find that you never want to go back to the ordinary tea bag again.
My Favorite Tea Blends
Whats your favorite flavor of tea?
Great Tea Resources
- The 5 Different Types Of Tea
Are you familiar with the five basic forms of tea? Here we will cover the favorite five, and some fun facts about them.
- The Great Debate: Coffee vs. Tea
Which is better: coffee or tea? One might ask, 'Better for what? ' For some, there is nothing that can be substituted for the wonderful aroma and the first sip of a morning cup of coffee.
- Loose Tea or Tea Bags?
When making tea, do you use loose tea or tea bags? What's the difference, and which should you be using?