December 4, 2014

Tea 101

White tea seems to be the latest buzz phrase in tea; what is it?

All tea comes from the same plant: Camellia sinensis. How it is processed, however, determines the type of tea it will become. White teas are the least processed. White tea is hand plucked, unopened buds, which are often loaded with downy hairs and are full of antioxidants.




Is there caffeine in green tea?

Yes, all tea has caffeine. As a general rule, green tea has about one-third as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

What is the best way to store loose leaf or sachet tea?

It is fresh air, oxygen to be specific, which robs the flavour from loose-leaf teas. Store the teas in an airtight container (not glass) away from moisture and direct sunlight. Don’t store teas in the refrigerator or freezer. The cooler temperatures will not preserve freshness of tea, and moisture and odours from the refrigerator or freezer will give the tea an unpleasant taste.

What is “Popcorn Tea”?

Some people refer to Genmaicha as popcorn tea. Rice kernels are added while the green tea leaves are being dried; the kernels get crispy and some burst open. Genmaicha has a unique appearance and a pleasant roasted flavour.

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