Tea Education

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A Crash Course in Tea

What is Tea? All true teas come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. From two sub-species of this one plant come five types of tea, the... Processing Tea There are five steps involved in the processing of tea. The production of some types of tea involves all of these steps, even repeating certain... Plucking: First, tea is plucked. leaves are removed from the stems. In most regions of the world, fine teas are plucked by hand, though Japanese... Oxidation is the most crucial of the five processes as the extent of oxidation (or lack thereof) is the most significant in determining the flavor... During oxidation, the cell walls of tea leaves break down – this can happen naturally over time or can be sped up by crushing, rolling, or cutting... Before the chemistry of oxidation was properly understood, tea growers used the term “fermentation” to refer to oxidation. In some parts of the... 5 Types of Tea WHITE TEA White tea is unprocessed tea. We call it “white” because of the fuzzy white “hairs” that delicately cover the surface of new buds - the newest... To produce white tea, the new-growth leaves and buds are plucked and then allowed to wither dry. Though sometimes this process is gently “helped”... Once withered, these leaves come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have a white or light green/brown appearance. The tea liquor brewed from... ... GREEN TEA Green tea is named after its leaves, which are still vividly green by the time it is fully processed. Tea growers use heat during the rolling... Heat is used to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation, thereby halting the oxidation process. The liquors of steamed green teas have bright,... Green teas in their dry, whole-leaf state are distinctive for their beautiful and unique shapes that are produced by hand. Leaves may be rolled,... Oolong Tea Oolong teas originated in the Anxi and Fujian regions of China and Taiwan. Oolongs, such as our Ti Kwan Yin, are created using all five steps in... The care taken to gently oxidize oolong tea results in a distinctive, smooth mouthfeel, especially compared to black tea. For our Earl Grey... Black Tea Black teas are grown all over the world and are produced in a very linear fashion: pluck, wither, bruise, oxidize, dry. None of the steps are... Black teas, such as those from the Ceylon region of Sri Lanka or the Assam region of India, are completely oxidized, unlike oolongs which are only... Black teas are most often known for their distinctive, bold flavors and notable astringency, though certain varieties such as Keemum, from the... Pu Ehr Pu Ehr tea, like our Pu Ehr #1 Organic is especially unique in that it is the only tea that undergoes true fermentation in its making. This type of... Raw pu ehr is bright green, while red (ripened/fermented) pu ehr is dark red and produces a deeply ruddy liquid. Pu ehrs are considered “living... The flavor profile of pu ehr teas is that of deep umami: earthy, woodsy, musty aromas with an exceptionally smooth finish.

New to drinking tea?

Are you a tea drinker? Do you want to be? If you're new to the world of tea here are some delightful, easy-to-love favorites: You absolutely must try Peppermint Patty black tea! For high caffeine content* and familiar flavors, it’s our go-to. It truly has the smooth... Need to give up caffeine altogether? Herbal teas are truly caffeine free. Try our classic peppermint herbal tea. The minty cool of peppermint is... We love the lightly fruity flavors of Acai Blueberry white tea and Strawberry Basil white tea. Both of these low-caffeine** teas taste just like... What about green tea? There's a lot of buzz about green tea and its health benefits, and while we are conscious of well-known health claims, we'll... Looking for something a bit more distinct? Our Chestnut Truffle black tea is unlike any other tea you've tried! Drink it warm; you'll immediately... Still trying to decide? We'd love to hear from you! Email asullivan@jacksonavenuetea.com *Most black teas carry 40 mg caffeine per cup, compared to just over 100 mg caffeine per cup of coffee. **White teas often contain about 10 mg caffeine per cup - just a little more than the caffeine content in a chocolate bar. Green teas usually... You get what you pay for Hit the tea aisle at your local grocery store - including the more upscale stores - and you'll find an assortment of "iced tea blends" next to a... When you brew a cup of loose leaf tea, especially if you're using a clear brewing device, you can watch the tea (or herb) leaves and inclusions... From opening Jackson Avenue Tea Company's sealed, opaque packages and inhaling that first, delightful whiff to enjoying the last of the 20 cups of...