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Tea: Drink of the Ages

Tea is one of the oldest drinks on the planet. It is made by soaking dried leaves in water. Many choose to drink tea instead of coffee simply because of the wide variety of blends and flavors and the lower caffeine content. From matcha tea that is made for Japanese tea ceremonies to old-style sweet tea in the South, tea offers a variety of blends and a range of complexity that can continue to surprise even seasoned, dedicated tea drinkers.

Varieties of Tea

Most commonly, tea variations include black, green, white, oolong, herbal, and rooibos tea. Most of this is derived from the plant Camellia sinensis, which typically grows in China and India. Some teas are not made from actual leaves but from other parts of the plant. 

Since teas have a wide range of variations in the flavors of the actual tea leaves themselves, it is common for the leaves to be blended with other types of herbs, spices and flora. 

In the preparation of teas, one must consider fermentation and oxidation. Not all tea preparation necessitates the same process, and steeping times can vary widely. For the best results you’ll want to follow the suggested prep directions, as tea blends can be quite delicate and you might end up with a bitter or oversaturated cup. 

The tea fermentation process allows enzymes on the leaves that need to wither or bruise by hand to interact with air. Oxidation then takes place and changes the compounds and color of the leaves, which brings forth the essence and flavor of the tea. This causes a great change in the flavor that is dependent on temperature, humidity, and other aerial conditions. 

Let’s take a look at a few different types of teas to learn more about them: 

Black Tea

Black tea, also commonly referred to as red tea, is a tea native to China. It is one of the more well-known teas and undergoes full oxidation for perfect flavors!. The regions of Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri, and Sri Lanka are a few well-known black tea producers. The flavor varies by region and type of black tea. Black tea typically has a full-bodied, malty, and strong flavor profile.

Popular black teas are Assam tea, Darjeeling, Earl Grey tea, and English breakfast tea.

Green Tea

Green tea is perhaps the most well-known tea globally. It does not go through the oxidation process and contains slightly less caffeine than black tea. The tea leaves actually go through hand-picking, drying, and heat treatment to prevent oxidation! One traditional Chinese method pan-fires the leaves which creates a duller green color. There is also a traditional Japanese steam method that allows the tea leaves to achieve a brighter green shade. Green tea has a bright, earthy, and grassy or vegetal flavor profile.

Popular varieties of green teas are Matcha, Sencha, Gunpowder Green tea, and Dragonwell (Longjing) green tea.

White Tea

Crafted and native in the Fujian province, these tea leaves are the type that goes through the least amount of processing. The leaves are simply left to wither and dry on their own. This gives the tea leaves a delicate, sweet, and well-rounded flavor. White tea has a lower caffeine content than it’s black and green tea counterparts. White teas have a delicate, floral, or fruitful flavor profile.

Popular Varieties of white teas are Silver Needle (Baihao Yinzhen) and White Peony (Bai Mudan)

Herbal Tea

Herbal teas come from dried herbs, fruits, spices, and flowers. These blends produce a wide range of flavors, ranging from delicate to powerful. Generally caffeine-free, herbal blends are ideal for customers with dietary restrictions. Some standard ingredients for herbal infusions include chamomile, ginger, lemongrass, peppermint, rosehips, hibiscus, and dried fruits. Herbal teas range wildly in taste, however they often offer a delicate, fruity/herbaceous, or sweet flavor profile.

Popular varieties of herbal teas are hibiscus, chamomile, peppermint, and Yerba Mate (the last of which does have some naturally occurring caffeine).

Rooibos Tea

African red tea, commonly known as Rooibos (pronounced as Roy-bows) is a native of South African Red Bush. The tea leaves undergo grounding and bruising and are then fermented and dried. Green rooibos tea doesn’t go through an oxidation/fermentation process and has a lighter flavor. Rooibos Teas have an earthy, smooth, or sweet flavor profile.

Popular varieties of rooibos teas are red rooibos and green rooibos.

Oolong Tea

Oolong (or Wulong) tea is seasonal tea. The leaves undergo oxidation and are picked in the later part of the season than green tea. The leaves bruise by being tossed or shaken inside baskets, which changes the oxidation process. The heat treatment stops the oxidation, which is dependent on the region and creates different flavors. Oolong teas are usually ultra-fragrant and offer a full-body flavor profile.

Popular varieties of oolong teas are Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) and Dan Cong (Phoenix Tea).

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People worldwide have been drinking teas for centuries, and they are drinking for a good reason. Studies have shown that a variety of this drink may boost your immune system, fight off inflammation, even ward off certain incurable diseases like cancer, and can vastly improve cardiovascular health.

While some brews provide more health advantages than others, there’s plenty of evidence that regular intake can have a lasting impact on your wellness.

Prepare your kettles, cups, or mugs because we’re sharing some of the most significant benefits of this awesome and unique hot drink.

Health benefit of Green, Black, and White teas

Tea is a name given to many brews, but purists only consider green, black, white, oolong, and Pu-erh tea to be the real thing. They are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India. This plant contains flavonoids, of which the most potent is ECGC, which helps fight free radicals that contribute to cancer, heart diseases, and clogged arteries.

All of these brews (except herbal, as described below) contain caffeine and theanine, which can help heighten mental alertness and boost the immune system. The more processed the leaves, the fewer polyphenols they may have. 

Here is what expert studies have found about the potential health benefits of this awesome and unique drink:

Green

Comprised of steamed leaves, green tea contains a high concentration of EGCG and is studied widely. Its antioxidant contents may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers.

It can help unclog arteries, reduce fat, relieve stress, and alleviate depression and anxiety. It can also help reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

Black

Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea contains the highest caffeine content. It forms the base tea for flavored variants like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies show that black tea protects the lungs from exposure to prolonged cigarette smoke. It also helps reduce the risk of having a stroke.

White

Mostly uncured and unfermented and used as fresh leaves. A study shows that white tea has the most potent anti-cancer properties compared to more processed teas.

Oolong

An animal study shows that those who have taken oolong as part of their diet have shown to have lower levels of bad cholesterol in their bloodstream. 

Pu-erh

Crafted from fermented and aged leaves, Pu-erh is considered a black variant and is mainly pressed into cakes. A study shows it can increase weight loss and lessen high levels of bad cholesterol.

Now let us take a look at the herbal side of things and see what the other type of teas provides to one’s well-being…

Health benefit of Herbal teas

Herbal teas are from different sources like herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots. It is steeped in hot water as its preparation and can often be used for one or more steeping. It contains lesser levels of antioxidants versus green tea and other tea family counterparts. The composition of any tea blend varies greatly depending on the plants and herbs used, and by nature, all strictly herbal teas are caffeine free.

Chamomile

Chamomile is known to contain antioxidants that help reduce high blood sugar level complications, loss of vision, nerve and kidney damage, and reduce cancerous cells’ production.

Echinacea

Echinacea refers to a group of flowering plants native to North America. Although there are nine species of this plant, only three are herbal and use as ingredients for supplements.

The plant’s upperparts and roots are necessary ingredients in tablets, tinctures, extracts, and teas. It contains active compounds that help fight diseases and reduce inflammations. As well as generally being helpful for boosting the immune system naturally. 

Hibiscus

A study shows that drinking hibiscus-crafted hot drink can help significantly lower blood pressure levels.

Rooibos or Red Tea

Rooibos tends to grow naturally in the South African region and is made through fermentation. It shows a potential anti-cancer property and has a high level of flavonoids.

Is tea a good choice for you?

Generally, most are safe as long as you know which teas you are consuming and any sort of ingredients. The upside is that it is natural and organic and often subject to minimal processing or additives.

HKTC provides a nice selection of all-organic blends with plenty of offerings for both caffeine and non-caffeinate. Consider trying our 4 oz. Mystery Mix out if you’d like to start with a sampling of what we offer in your cart!

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