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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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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 103: How to Make a Cup of Tea

“How do you make a perfect cup of tea?” Though we have worked with tea for decades we still find this question difficult to answer. Every culture on earth has a different way of preparing tea.  Some prefer lots of sugar or milk, while others find the idea adding anything to tea repugnant. Some like […]

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Tea Basics 102: Where Does Tea Come From?

Tea is traditionally  grown in a tea garden. A garden can vary in size from a few bushes to hundreds of acres in size. Every major tea-producing country has its own specialties in the industry. Each country offers its own unique terroir and cultural practices in producing and handling tea. There are five traditional tea-producing […]

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Tea Basics 101: What is Tea?

What is tea, you ask?  This question is both simple and complex. A Simple Definition All “true” teas (White tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, Black tea, and Pu’erh tea) come from a single plant: Camellia sinensis.  The word “tea” can refer to the plant itself, the leaves of the plant, or the beverage made from brewing […]

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