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Tea Basics 108: What is White Tea?

Once the purview of only the Chinese elite, white tea has become popular across a wide spectrum of tea drinkers. It is now gaining a following in the West as a healthy and unique variety of tea. With the higher echelons of white teas fetching some of the best price margins in the business, many […]

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The Origins of Nepalese Tea

In many ways the tea industry in Nepal is only just beginning to realize its potential. Nepal has always been a reclusive country. Nestled against the Himalayas, it has, until very recently, resisted interference from and interaction with the rest of the world. Now through the expansion of its tea trade the world has begun […]

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The Origins of Ceylon Tea

History Ceylon tea traces its roots back to British colonial times, even the term “Ceylon” hearkens back to the British name for Sri Lanka. Tea was first introduced as a replacement crop for coffee, which was wiped out by blight in the mid 1800s. James Taylor is the man widely credited with developing the tea […]

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Tea & Human Health: Where are we?

Mona Verma is a Quality Control specialist at QTrade Teas & Herbs. With a background in microbiology, she recently attended the Symposium on Tea and Human Health in Washington DC. You can read more about the relationship between tea and health on our “Is Tea Healthy?” page.  Tea & Human Health: Where are we? B:y […]

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Tea Basics 107: What is Oolong Tea?

What is Oolong Tea? Oolong is one of the most complex categories of tea. It has the widest range of color and flavor and is the most intricate in its production. Grown almost exclusively in China and Taiwan, the word “oolong” literally means “black dragon” in Chinese. Mythology One of the best known varieties of Oolong […]

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Tea Basics 106: What is Green Tea?

Green tea is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the West because of its association with a healthy lifestyle. Green tea has been featured in more scientific studies related to the health benefits of tea than all the other four varieties combined. The cultural descendant of ancient Chinese and Japanese tea production practices, Green teas are uniquely […]

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Tea Basics 105: What is Black Tea?

What is black tea? Black tea is far and away the most popular variety of tea  in North America. There are several factors that contribute to its elevated status here, not least among them is the fact that most iced teas use black tea as a base. Over 80% of all tea consumed in North […]

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Tea Basics 104: Stages of Tea Production

All true teas (white, green, oolong, black, and pu’erh) come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The amount that the leaves are allowed to oxidize after they have been plucked is what distinguishes the varieties of tea from one another. The following are the basic steps of Orthodox tea production. Future posts will delve more […]

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Tea Basics 201: Professional Tea Tasting

The difference between tasting tea professionally and brewing tea at home comes down to one thing: volume. When you make a perfect cup of tea at home you are doing so for your own pleasure and enjoyment. When you are tasting tea professionally you are checking for quality and flavor on a much larger scale. […]

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Pyramid Bags: The Evolution of Convenient Tea

We are pleased to bring you information this week on the pyramid tea bag, a product that is literally revolutionizing the way people drink specialty tea. Pyramid tea bags, (also called “sachet,” “nylon,” “silk,” or “Fuso” bags) have been steadily growing in popularity since they were first introduced to the North American market. The story […]

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