WHAT IS YOUR TEA TYPE

Black Tea

Black tea is the most common variety and accounts for about 75 percent of global tea consumption. Black tea has a slightly bitter flavor and contains the most caffeine. Black tea is a favorite of Americans; made within a day by rolling or crushing leaves and allowing them to fully oxidize before drying them, producing a hearty brew from deep red to dark brown color. Black teas (includes Pu-Erh Tea) are rich in antioxidants and are believed to regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Green Tea

Green tea is the most popular type of tea. Some loose leaf green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavored tea. The leaves are finger-rolled to prevent browning during steaming or pan-firing (tossing leaves in a hot, dry wok), producing a green or yellow tea with a toasty, grassy or mild vegetable-like astringency. Green tea has a more delicate flavor than black. Green tea is full of antioxidants, boosts your immune system and may promote weight loss. Time and water temperature play a major part in steeping this type of tea.

Herbal Tea

Technically herbal teas are not teas at all. They are often naturally caffeine-free and are made using a combination of a dried fruits, flowers, roots and herbs. Some common examples you may encounter include chamomile, mint, rooibos, tulsi (holy basil), rose hips, hibiscus, lemongrass and ginger.  Note: herbal teas can be broken down into 3 categories: rooibos, mate and herbal infusions.

White Tea

White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. Considered the healthiest tea as it contains the highest levels of antioxidants and theanine. This tea brews a light color and has a much milder flavor than any other variety, not to mention less caffeine. Named for the silvery-white hairs on the unopened young leaves of the tea plant (called “buds”), The new growth is air-dried, oven-dried or sunlight-dried, producing a pale green or yellow tea with delicate flavor and aroma. The amino acid antioxidants found in white tea are believed to maintain health, promote healthy skin, prevent disease and contain anti-aging properties. The theanine in white tea promotes mental and physical relaxation, improves mood, reduces anxiety, boosts immune system.

Oolong Tea

The most time-consuming of all the tea varieties to create. Oolong tea is full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance and sweet aroma is processed over many hours or days by repeated pattern of rolling leaves to slightly bruise them and then letting them rest to oxidize (let oxygen interact with leaves); producing more complex flavor with smooth, soft astringency, rich in floral or fruity flavors.  Oolong is similar to black tea, but it’s fermented for a shorter time, which gives it a richer taste. Oolongs are known to lower cholesterol, boost metabolism, aids weight-loss.

Pu'Erh Tea

Produced only in China, this tea is finger-rolled over heat to dry, then pressed into cakes or stored underground for several years to ferment; very old, well-stored pu’erhs are considered “living teas,” like wine; prized for earthy, woodsy or musty aroma and rich, smooth taste.

REDEFINING HOW PEOPLE ENJOY TEA

8 GOOD REASONS TO LOVE A CUP OF TEA

1

Gives You That Energy Boost

The caffeine content found in black and green tea makes it an excellent energy booster, particularly for those who want to avoid the acidity of coffee. The preparation of these two types of teas can yield them higher caffeine content than normal teas, albeit not as high as a standard cup of coffee.

2

Our Teas Aid With Digestive Issues

The catechins found in every variety of green tea can have a direct effect on inflammation, both in the gut and in other parts of the body. If you are suffering from Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcerative colitis constipation, bloating, or any other inflammatory condition in the stomach, a cup of gunpowder green tea will serve you well!

3

Tea Can Boost Your Immune System

The polyphenols and antioxidants in gunpowder green tea have a general impact on the immune system that revitalizes the body’s defenses and prevents infections, such as the common cold and flu, as well as more serious pathogens that we’re exposed to every day.

4

Diabetes Management

Research has shown that the catechins and alkaloids found in green and herbal teas can help to manage blood sugar levels within the body, which is very good news for people who have diabetes. By regulating glucose and insulin levels, this tea can help those with diabetes live a more normal life, and keep those at high risk of diabetes from developing the condition.

5

Makes Your Heart Healthy

Studies have shown that the antioxidants found in green teas are able to lower triglyceride levels in the body, which is “bad” cholesterol, that leads to plaque deposition, atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. By rebalancing your cholesterol levels, you can relieve a lot of stress on your cardiovascular system.

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Aids In Weight Loss

Last but not least, a number of factors combine in green tea to aid with weight loss efforts, including caffeine, catechins and theanine. These three work together to give your metabolism a boost, which increases the body’s ability to burn fat efficiently. There are also some appetite-suppressing qualities of caffeine that can help you avoid overeating and snacking between meals. Not to mention it’s a healthy alternative to sweetened beverages.

The complexities of tea are endless; from the appearance of the leaves, to the aroma, to the liquor, to the flavor. Sometimes you don’t have the words to describe the nuances you’re experiencing!