All tea is produced from a plant called Camellia Sinensis. The thousands of different varieties of teas available in the world only vary in the region it was grown, the time of year picked, and the processing method. The main categories of tea are White, Green, Oolong, and Black. We also sell fruit teas, flower teas, blossom teas, and herbal tisanes, otherwise known as herbal tea. The herbal varieties do not actually contain the Camellia Sinensis tea plant.
Green teas have only 5-10% the caffeine content of coffee. Green tea is also high in antioxidants, which flushes toxins from the body, boosts the immune system, and helps to prevent cancer. They will also help lower blood pressure, fight gingivitis and cavities, and help regulate blood sugar levels. Green teas should be steeped at a much lower temperature than boiling.
Oolong teas are a member of the green tea family, and are semi-fermented teas. More so than green teas, but less than black tea. They have 15% of the caffeine content of coffee. Most people commonly recognize oolong tea as the tea served in Chinese restaurants. Oolong tea promotes weight loss by boosting metabolic rate and increasing digestion.
Black teas are the tea most people are familiar with as it is the one you have grown up drinking by dunking little paper tea bags in your cup. Black tea is fully fermented. Black tea helps your body prevent the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream and thus helps to prevent heart disease. Black tea contains 20 % of the caffeine content of coffee
White teas have very little caffeine, and brew a light color and flavor. White teas are the least processed of all teas and they contain the highest antioxidant properties. They are also very low in tannins.
Herbal teas do not contain any leaves from the Camellia family. They are called teas because of the infusion process. Sometimes they are called tisanes. Herbal tea is just pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. The health benefits of herbal tea vary from tea to tea.
Flower teas are a unique class of Chinese tea. It subdivides into flower Tea and scented Tea. Flower Tea is a simple concept in that dried flowers are used, without much processing, to make tea. Scented Tea uses green tea or red/black tea as a base and is mixed with the scent of flowers. Chinese flower tea typically has light to medium flavor and medium to strong aroma.
Fruit Teas are made only from fruits of the highest quality and immediately packed air-tight to preserve their aroma and freshness. A treat for the eyes, nose and palate, these blends are rich in Vitamin C and delicious – hot or iced.
Puer is well known for the fact that it is a compressed tea and that it typically ages well to produce a pleasant drink. Through storage, the tea typically takes on a darker color and mellower flavor . Often puer leaves are compressed into tea cakes or bricks, and are wrapped in various materials, which when stored away from excessive moisture, heat, and sunlight help to mature the tea.
Flowering Bulb Teas
Flowering Bulb Teas are made only from flower bulbs of the highest quality. They are selected before they bloom to retain their nutrition and are used in tea to create a soothing flower aroma.-
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