Delicious, Tasty, Healthy Tea and Infusions for Everyone

Everyone drinks tea once in a while. Tea can be grouped into six categories which are Green Tea, White Tea, Yellow Tea, Red Tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea, and Pu Erh which all made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Each category is based on individual quality, taste, tea color, and production as well as processing techniques.

Green Tea is non fermented tea. Well known green teas include Long Jing from the West Lake, Bi Luo Chun from Suzhuo, Jiangsu Province and Sencha from Japan.

White Tea is quite rare teas made from the very young leaf buds of the tea bush. Typically such teas are covered with fine hairs of the tea bud, and have a whitish appearance in the dry leaf, which produces a sweet and delicately flavored pale infusion. Examples of White Tea are White Peony and Shou Mei Wang.

Yellow Tea is mildly fermented type and processing is quite similar to Green Tea, apart from the additional steps taken to turn the tea leaves yellow. One famous known Yellow Tea is Yin Zhen or known as Silver Needle Health Tree.

Red Tea is the late fermented type. The raw green tea leaves turn black after being piled up for fermentation. Red Tea leaves are usually used as raw ingredient for many types of compressed tea.

Black Tea is 100% fermented tea. It is described based on the color of the liquor the tea produce. Black Tea is often taken with the addition of milk and or sugar. Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey and Darjeeling are famous Black Tea.

Oolong Tea is somewhere between green and black teas in their production methods, and are consumed without milk or sugar. Oolong Tea is a partially fermented tea. These teas are extremely flavor some and highly aromatic, yet contain no additives. Tie Guan Yin and Da hong Pao are famous Oolong Tea.

Pu-Erh is the general name given to a class of non-fermented green tea and red 100% fermented tea. There are two types of Pu-Erh raw and cooked. Many Pu-Erh teas are compressed into disc, bowl or other shapes and then dried.

All teas have their own health benefits; you can read more at Teacuppa’s Library link at their website. How about infusions? They are not considered true teas because they are made from dried herbs and do not contain tea leaves for examples, Herbal infusion, Fruit mélange infusions, Rooibos and Maté.

Herbal teas are caffeine-free and low in calories; they are popular for their medicinal and calming qualities. Lavender is said to relieve stress and reduce fatigue. As for Rosebuds, they add sparks to women beauty, relieve menstrual pain and ease stomach bloatedness.

Characteristic – Varies widely in appearance and tasted

Taste – Mild and refreshing

Body – Light to medium

Serving Method – Honey or sugar can be added to enhance the flavour

Caffeine – Caffeine-free

Examples – Lavender, Jasmine, Rosebuds, Kuding

Fruit mélange infusions contain no caffeine, artificial preservatives, flavouring, and colouring. It is soothing, relaxing and calming making it a great drink to be taken at anytime of the day. Definately, a hit among children. Rich in Vitamin C and iron, Fruit Mélange Infusion is an ideal dietary supplement for promoting health and preventing diseases. All Fruit Mélange Infusions contain rosehips and/or hibiscus.

Characteristic – Generally, fruit mélange infusion produces a red or deep red liquid

Taste – Refreshing, aromatic, sweet and sour

Body – Medium to full

Serving Method – Honey or sugar can be added to enhance the flavour

Caffeine – Caffeine-free

Examples – Red Orange, Woodberries, Biedermeier, Fruit Garden, Peach-Apricot, Happy Day, Fruit Punch

Rooibos or red bush, or also known as red tea only grows in South Africa. It relieves depression, stress, constipation, and other problems such as colic. It is also good for people with insomia problem as it helps to relax during bedtime.

Characteristic – Rooibos resembles strong black tea in appearance

Taste – Strong and aromatic

Body – Medium to full

Serving Method – Rooibos can be served plain or with milk

Caffeine – Caffeine-free

Examples – Rooibos, Rooibos Green, Rooibos Lemon

Maté is a popular beverage in South America. In several countries in South America, maté is considered a national drink. It is commonly used as a tonic, diuretic, stimulant to reduce fatigue, and as an appetite suppressant. Sugar, lemon juice or milk is ussually added to Maté to enhance the flavor. Maté is gaining is popularity from time to time.

Characteristic – Maté produces a brown liquid

Taste – Strong aromatic drink

Body – Medium

Serving Method – To be served plain or with milk and sugar

Caffeine – Caffeinated tea

Examples – Maté green, maté lemon

Take a sip today.