Learn About Tea : herbal tea, white tea, organic tea
The tea species Camellia sinensis produces
all the varieties of tea: green, black, oolong, pu-erh and white.
The growing season, geographic region and processing of the leaves
create the many varieties and contribute to each tea’s
uniqueness. The special care given during processing brings out
the natural subtleties of flavor and creates a visual aesthetic
that is unique to each tea. This is part of the mystique of tea.
No two teas are exactly alike. Each growing season creates a
unique leaf and taste. So if you like a particular tea, remember
that each harvest offers a new experience.
With tastes that are light and refreshing, green tea is the
perfect addition to any diet. Due to the way green tea
is processed, it
is healthy as well as delicious. The leaves used to make green
tea are heated soon after picking in order to stop the process
of oxidation. By minimally processing the leaves, the tea’s
nutrients are unaltered and the high levels of antioxidants are
preserved. The final drying techniques finish the leaf to create
its ultimate appearance when dry. Green teas are a natural and
delicious way to include antioxidants in any diet.
Among the different types of tea, black tea has traditionally
been the most popular in the United States. With the trend
towards natural health, green teas are emerging
as a favored drink. The popularity of green tea has created a field of research
that is proving the therapeutic benefits of this ancient beverage. Green
tea has been shown to increase bone density in women. There
is strong evidence
that it helps prevent cancer and heart disease. Tea’s polyphenols may be 100
times more effective than Vitamin C and 25 times more effective than Vitamin
E. Green tea has been shown to help control cholesterol. There is also evidence
that green tea increases metabolism that can promote weight loss, combined with
exercise and a healthy diet. As more studies of the benefits of green tea are
conducted, science will further confirm what many tea drinking cultures already
know about the positive effects of regular tea consumption. Click hear to find
out more about the Health Benefits of tea.
We offer a selection of green teas, which create a range of
flavors. Longjing is nutty and rich. Maojian is almost
like a white tea that is picked in spring
from young buds and shoots. Huangshan Maofeng tea is well known for a complex
fruity taste. Our Yunnan green teas are grown in remote areas of China
high in the mountains. The green teas of China offer a
wide range of flavors and
When brewing tea remember that each type of tea is brewed slightly differently,
and green teas are very heat and time sensitive. Don't be surprised if
it takes you a few brews to get the concentration and flavor you are after.
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Pu-erh teas are known in China as "medicinal
teas". Although green tea has gotten all the press, pu-erh
teas are finally being enjoyed in the West. We believe pu-erh
teas merit a place among the tea shelves of Americans.
The Pu-erh teas we carry are from the Dayeh (large leaf) species
of broad leaf tea trees of Yunnan, China. These trees are believed
to be an older variety of the modern, smaller leafed tea bush.
Some pu-erh tea trees can be ancient, the oldest known tree is
over 2000 years old!
Pu-erh leaves are processed differently than green tea leaves.
They are oxidized similar to an oolong tea, but not as long
as black tea. The leaves are then dried loose or compressed
tea bricks, tea cakes or Tuochas that look like bird nests.
Americans, tea in this state is a unique visual experience.
Some tea cakes have been aged in caves to develop their
Pu-erh tea has yet to be researched to the same degree as green
tea, but what we do know is that pu-erh tea has unique benefits
that the other teas do not. In particular, pu-erh helps decrease
blood cholesterol levels and improves fat metabolism. We
believe that as research on this tea increases, science
the special metabolic stimulation that pu-erh teas offer.
It is thought
that pu-erh tea’s unique double fermentation may create special
enzymes and microbes that offer the body micronutrients essential
for better health.
Many coffee drinkers enjoy pu-erh’s rich, deep flavors. Since
pu-erh tea has less caffeine than coffee, it is a great alternative
for those looking to decrease caffeine intake but still like a
full bodied beverage. Tea also provides health benefits not found
in coffee and is a great addition to anyone’s diet. One cup
of pu-erh tea with each meal has shown to stimulate weight loss.
We suggest trying the "Pu-erh Diet". Drink 1 cup with
each meal for one month and decide for yourself. Tea will balance
the body’s systems and stimulate a more functional metabolism.
Our pu-erh teas come in loose leaf and compressed forms.
The loose leaf is easy to measure and generally milder
tasting. The compressed
Pingchas and brick tea are usually more hearty tasting.
Made with fine leaves our dragon cakes are a high grade,
of the Chitsu Pingchas are aged and are quite strong
The pu-erh lover will enjoy these special cakes, although
a newcomer to pu-erh may find these aged teas robust.
pu-erh tea initially, for others the deep red liquid’s mellow
taste is an acquired one. We are truly fortunate to offer select
grades of pu-erh that make drinking it a delight. Again, each tea
has a slightly different character that actually gets better and
smoother with age. We happily offer these fine, healthful teas
for your exploration and enjoyment.
Oolong tea(also known as wu-long tea) is a variety of semi-fermented
(oxidized) tea that is known for its intense and flowery qualities.
Oolongs range from bright green and slightly fermented to dark-leafed
and hearty. The greener varieties are less fermented and one
can see the slight withering and browning of the edges where
the leaves were allowed to oxidize. These edges are bruised through
shaking to assist the process of oxidation. The tea is then dried
fully, locking in the rich flavors that wu-long tea is known to
offer. Oolong’s unique drying process creates a tea that
has many metabolic stimulating attributes and can be used for
weight management in addition to a well balanced diet.
Oolong teas offer a spectrum of flavors that impart unique
notes and elegant bouquets. Some oolongs are light and
sweet. A good
example of this type of green oolong is our Formosa oolong. This
tea presents beautiful large leaves that are tightly rolled.
Tieguanyin is another favorite that we offer in several
grades. These thick,
shiny dark green leaves release a flowery, amber brew. Moderately
fermented, Tieguanyin is a balanced and great all purpose tea.
Wuyi Cliff teas are grown in Fujian Province where the weather
is mild all year and the mountains are misty and cool. Nature
creates an environment where many sub-species of tea trees
exist and many
distinct types of oolong tea are grown. Our dark Wuyi oolongs
such as Dahongpao and Tieluohan offer rich lasting flavors.
are highly fermented before they are twisted and dried. These
more fermented oolongs are known to aid digestion. These
offer a great
complement to our Pu-erh teas for a balanced weight loss program.
By increasing one’s daily tea consumption to 4-10 cups (5
oz cups) the body will perform at an optimum level with an increased
feeling of energy and vitality. We are happy to carry some of the
finest oolong teas China has to offer and encourage your spirited
can be classified between green and oolong varieties. Steamed soon
after picking, green tea is not allowed to oxidize. This quick
drying preserves all the antioxidants and nutrients which have
tea so well known. Alternatively, oolong tea is oxidized to varying
degrees. What differentiates Baozhong from these teas is the special
slow-fired drying process which allows the tea to lightly oxidize
while drying. As a result of this processing, Baozhong tea retains
many of the health benefits of a green tea and provides some of
the metabolic effects of an oolong. Because of Baozhong’s great
taste, we recommend it to those who find green tea too astringent
but still want the enjoyment and benefits of regular tea drinking.
Baozhong tea originated in Fujian, China. The
tea is quite voluminous due to the special drying process which
does not include rolling
or twisting. The leaves are long and slender and retain a deep
bright appearance when steeped. Many fine Baozhong’s are now grown
in Taiwan. These teas have a unique flavor because of Taiwan’s
cool mountains and ocean breezes. Whether the teas are grown in
Taiwan or China they all posses health promoting attributes and
AND YELLOW TEA:
White teas can really be classified
as a subgroup of green teas, but have recently gained a status
of their own because of their high antioxidant content. White
tea is a particular strain of tea plant that is known to originate
in the Fujian province. It is now planted in other parts of China
making it more available.
White teas are not fermented. The leaves are steamed shortly
after picking. White teas are left close to its natural
state and offers
a great choice for anyone seeking tea’s antioxidant benefits.
The leaves of our Baihao Yinzhen consist of young shoots that were
picked before they opened. It has a white downy covering and produces
a light aroma when brewed. Yellow teas are processed slightly differently
than white tea. Unlike white tea, which is dried fast, yellow teas
are dried more slowly, producing a yellow-orange beverage that
is extremely fragrant.
White teas produce a yellow hued brew that delivers a distinctive
mellow flavor. White tea has been shown to have greater levels
of antioxidants than other green teas, mainly because of the
minimal processing that white tea undergoes. Some studies indicate
white tea may be 5 times more effective than green tea in combating
cancer. White tea is also said to contain more caffeine than
other teas. However, it is not the caffeine alone that gives
it’s healthful properties. It is the other micronutrients
that work in tandem with the caffeine, which makes white tea so
potent. White and green teas have also been shown to possibly help
increase fertility in women.
Whether you are looking for the antioxidant benefits of tea
or just want something different, white and yellow teas provide
unique flavors combined with significant health benefits.
Add them to
your tea shelf for something new.
Technically called Tisanes, Herbal Teas are infusions made herbs and not tea from the Camellia sinensis
plant. When steeped in hot water the essence of the herb is extracted.
Traditionally herbal tisanes are used for their medicinal and
healing properties. However, there are many that are also enjoyed
simply for their taste. China produces and entire pharmacy of
Herbal teas offer the tea drinker caffeine free alternatives.
We are happy to offer this complement to our other natural
we are offering Rosebud and Chrysanthemum herbal teas. The Rosebud
is a favorite that is truly soothing and comforting. In China
it is known as a woman’s herb but it is also useful for aiding
digestion. Even a hardcore tea drinker will surely enjoy the flowery
freshness of these miniature rosebuds. The Chrysanthemum has a
unique flavor. It is used to cool the body and reduce fever Click to see how to brew herbal tea.
Herbals are great beverages to have at night when you might
not want caffeine. Our kids love the Rosebud tea. We are
offer these caffeine free treats for our customers that enjoy
Black tea is what most people think of when
they imagine a cup of tea. We have grown up drinking bagged varieties
of black teas from around the world. Most (80%) of the world’s
tea consumption is black tea. China’s major export of tea
is still predominantly black tea. Black teas are fully fermented
teas and have the highest amounts of caffeine of any of the tea
varieties. Black tea also has the least amount of antioxidants
and essential nutrients. In China these are also known as Hong
(red) teas. Our full leafed black tea is a strong, deep tea that
is highly satisfying.
Black teas are highly processed and undergo oxidation and roasting
to create their rich flavors. Although they are processed more
than other teas, they can still be a healthy addition to any
diet. Research has shown that decreased stroke incidence
in men was directly related to flavinoid intake, 70% of which was found to come from
black tea consumption.
Because black tea has such a mellow taste it
easily blends with other flavors. Many well known teas are, in
fact, made by adding
flavorings to black tea. Our black tea is unblended. It has
a rich, full flavor. Whether you like it plain or with
tea satisfies any palate.