Introduction to Tea - February Monthly Tea Boxes

By Matthew Jackson on February 20, 2013   /     /   0 Comments

Dear Tea Friends,

 

Our February monthly tea boxes have been sent!

I have been overwhelmed by the positive response from our customers!  I must have tasted over 100 teas and I am so excited to share my vast knowledge of tea with you!

 

For February, our theme was “Introduction to the World of Tea”.  I chose delicious teas from the 4 tea families, White, Green, Oolong and Black.  It is interesting to note that each of these types of teas come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis.  The various tea types come about because the plant is processed differently.

 

White Tea - the baby tea leaves at the top of the Camellia Sinensis plant are plucked and dried.  The baby tea leaves contain the highest levels of anti-oxidants and the minimal processing makes these teas the healthiest.

 

Green Tea – the slightly larger tea leaves below the baby tea leaves are plucked, steamed and dried. The steaming of the Camellia Sinensis causes the tea leaves to become bright green which explains why it is called “green” tea.

 

Oolong Tea – the medium tea leaves toward the center of the Camellia Sinensis are plucked, steamed, half-fermented and dried.  The half-fermenting of the tea leaves makes this tea a nice highbred of the green and black teas.  Oolong teas are traditionally consumed after meals because they aid with digestion and assist with weight loss.

 

Black Tea – the largest leaves at the bottom of the Camellia Sinensis are plucked, steamed, fully-fermented and dried.  The full-fermenting of the leaves causes the leaves to turn black – hence the name – Black Tea.  Black teas have the largest amount of caffeine of all teas and can be used as an alternative to coffee.

 

I am excited to use this tea blog to share my knowledge and love of tea.  Do you have any questions about tea that you would like me to answer?

 

Best,

Jennifer

Owner, Not Just Tea

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