March 31, 2010

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types of tea

By: coolboy On: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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  • White tea
    White tea is nothing more than the leaves of the camellia sinensis that have been processed a certain way. It is the least common of the four types of teas

    White teas are the least processed of any tea and therefore taste the most like fresh leaves or grass. They also have the lowest amount of caffeine and most likely have the highest antioxidant properties.

    Black tea
    Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine it is also made with camellia

    Jasmine tea
    Jasmine Tea is a famous tea made from Green or Pouchong (Chinese Green) tea leaves that are scented with jasmine flowers. The jasmine flowers are harvested during the day and stored in a cool place until night. During the night, the flowers bloom with full fragrance. The flowers are layered over the tea leaves during the scenting process. The quality of Jasmine tea is determined by the quality of green tea used as its base and the effectiveness of the scenting. Ten Ren offers Jasmine tea, imported from China and Taiwan, in a variety of grades and modalities for your enjoyment.

    Iced Tea
    iced tea is nothing but cold tea,a dding ice to tea

    Brewing Tea

    Brewing tea is really quite easy. Here are some instructions for brewing a perfect cup of tea.

    First start with cold, great tasting, water. If your tap water does not taste good, then use filtered or bottled water. (I say to use cold water because a typical hot water heater will often add contaminants and reduce the amount of oxygen in the water, which is needed for flavor extraction).

    Then bring the desired amount of water to a rolling boil. (Do not boil the water for a long period of time because this too will deplete the water of oxygen).

    Put approximately 2 grams or 1 tsp. of tea leaves per 6-8 oz. of water into a pre-heated pot or cup (pre-heating will allow the tea to steep at the proper temperature).

    Then add hot water according the chart below for the type of tea you are brewing. Please note that these are general guidelines. If your tea container has brewing instructions I would follow those as they are probably ideal for that specific tea.

    The water temperature does not have to be exact. The main thing to remember is to not use boiling water for Green or White teas. They will burn and create bitter flavors.

    A good way to guess at the water temperature without a thermometer is to bring the water to a boil, and wait about 30 seconds (for white tea) or 60 seconds (for green tea) before pouring over the leaves.

    Green Tea

    this is also made with the leaves of the camellia sinensis it is japan tea

    Oolong tea

    Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea, it is in between green and black oxidation

    Chamomile Tea

    this is made with chamomile flowers its a good herbal tea


    1. this is such a fantastic post! i LOVE tea :) english breakfast tea, green tea, oolong and jasmine tea are my favourites! HAPPY EASTER :)

    2. Usually I have normal black tea or green tea but when I feel like spending a little more, I always go for the white tea. I love this post!

    3. I must admit, I'm a little bit obsessed with green tea. I heard once that it's really great for your skin and I haven't stopped drinking it since, haha!
      This is a really beautiful post - lovely pictures, and nice structure. :)

    4. Wow! that was an enlightening post on types of teas. I'd never known so many before :)
      Thanks for sharing the info and those gorgeous pictures.


    5. Love iced tea. Great post, interesting facts.

    6. I love all kinds of tea - but green is definitive my favourite. :)

    7. i'd have to say as a Southern girl who has lived her whole life in NC that iced tea is by far my favorite out of all of these! haha
      black tea comes in second place.

    8. I love green tea, it's great for my shape! :P


    9. I love tea! I think my favorite is black.

      P.S. Thanks for your comment on my blog. As to my ethnicity, yes I am from the Indian subcontinent.