Tea 101 : Magical Black Teas? Fact or Fiction

By Jennifer Jackson on February 12, 2015   /   antioxidants black tea caffeine cholesterol hair growth healthy heart disease recipes tea tea 101 wellness    /   0 Comments

Tea 101: Black Tea: The Full-Bodies Beauties of The Tea World

Black tea is the most popular tea in North America.  Black tea is normally the first tea consumed as children.  Who does remember the Lipton tea bag and little piece of lemon that you received at the local restaurant or diner.  My first tea experience was black tea.  My parent's lived in Flushing, Queens near Chinatown.  There was a little Chinese restaurant that they frequented often.  Even though I was only 5 or 6, I still remember the piping hot sweet black tea that arrived at the table as soon as sat down.  Who would have thought that a few decades after I would create Not Just Tea whose mission it is to create that wonderful feeling that I still remember from my first tea experience.

 

Top 5 : Healthy Benefits of Black Tea

 - Excellent source of antioxidants

 - Lowers risk of heart disease and heart attacks

 - Reduces cholesterol

 - Higher caffeine level gives a boost in the morning without jitters

 - Stimulates hair growth

What Makes Black Tea So Wonderful?

All true tea types come from the Camellia Sinensis plant; what makes the difference is how the tea is processed.  All teas have varying flavors and colors but are processed in basically the same way.  Black teas are special because unlike white, green, or oolong teas, the tea leaves are fully oxidized (think of an apple that has been cut and has browned).  Leaves are picked either by hand (this is rare and expensive) or by plucking machines. After picked the leaves are laid out to wither and dry.  The dried leaves are then rolled between two disks that accelerates that oxidation process.  Black teas are fully oxidized which gives them their deep, robust taste and black coloring.

The best way to prepare black teas:

2 TSP of Black Tea

Water Temperature: 195 F

Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

 

 

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