All About Tea

At the start of a new year, many people aim to be healthier. The cold month of January sees more gym memberships, diets, and life changes than any other month. One healthy habit you can add to the new year is drinking hot tea! By the way, did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? This is the perfect time to stay warm with some hot tea and enjoy a healthy start to the new year.

During National Hot Tea Month, we figured it would be fun to teach you a thing or two about tea! We will share some fun facts and other information about tea that you probably don’t know, unless, of course, you are a tea master. At TeaZen®, we know a thing or two about tea. We sell green tea concentrates that can be added to water or hot tea for added benefits! With six different benefits to choose from, you can pick the one that may benefit your health, or just get all six.

Using these green tea concentrates is simple. All you have to do is add a dropperful to a six or eight-ounce glass of water, hot or cold, and stir! You can also add it to your hot tea as well. Enough about us, let’s talk about tea to celebrate National Hot Tea Month.

Types of Tea

The first thing you need to know about tea is that there are many different varieTEAS. The five main teas are green, black, oolong, pu-erh, and white. Now, there are many different types of tea made with flowers, grains, leaves, and mushrooms. These teas may not be considered true teas, but this is how people know them. Today, we are only going to focus on the true teas. Read on to learn more about the differences in these five tea types.

Green Tea

Green tea is a very popular tea and is one of the most studied drinks in the world. When green tea leaves are picked, they are not allowed to oxidize. This helps keep the green tea color. These leaves do go through a process before being used to brew tea. After being harvested, they are withered to reduce moisture. Then the leaves are dried by firing them at high temperatures. As the leaves are drying, they are either rolled into twigs or pearls, depending on the type of green tea. Green tea has less caffeine than other teas, such as black. The taste is more subtle as well. Green teas often include other flavors that add more taste. To brew the perfect cup of green tea, your water should be heated to 150 to 180 degrees and it should steep for three to four minutes.

Black Tea

Black tea, which is known as red tea in China, is an earthy tea. These tea leaves are allowed to oxidize and is the most processed variety of tea. Black tea goes through many different processes, including withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying. This process is what leaves this tea dark brown or red when it is brewed. Black tea has a high caffeine content, especially if you use the right brewing techniques. Some black teas can contain about 50 to 65 percent the caffeine as coffee has. Black tea has a slightly bitter taste, which is why many people drink it with a splash of milk. To brew the perfect cup of black tea, you need your water to be 180 to 212 degrees and the tea needs to steep for about four to five minutes or more.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea leaves are harvested and undergo a process of withering, rolling, short-term oxidation, and drying. This type of tea is also believed to have health benefits, similar to green tea. This tea is basically a middle ground between green tea and black tea, both in taste, color, and caffeine content. Oolong tea is often said to taste like fresh flowers or fruit. Oolong tea should be steeped in water that is 190 to 200 degrees for about three to five minutes.

Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh tea is post-oxidized and there are two different types, raw and aged. Raw pu-erh tea is made from leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. These leaves are harvested and immediately heated at high temperatures, which destroys the enzymes that oxidize. Aged pu-erh tea is post-fermented and ages like a fine wine. This helps it to develop a robust flavor. The aged leaves are allowed to age for 10 to 15 years. The highest quality pu-erh tea can be aged for us to 50 years! Raw pu-erh tea has a similar flavor to green tea and is aged similar to black tea. To brew pu-erh tea, bring water to a full boil, the water should be from 205 to 212 degrees. Steep the leaves for three to four minutes.

White Tea

White tea undergoes a simple, one-step process. These leaves are harvested and immediately dried outside in natural sunlight. Only baby leaves are used to produce white tea. There are two varieties of white tea, which include Silver Needle and White Peony. Silver Needle is made using the buds of the tea leaf plant, giving off a sweet taste. The White Peony variety is made with the buds and leaves, giving off a sweet and sharp flavor. This is a delicate tea that is naturally sweet with hints of floral and fruity tastes. White tea should be steeped in water that is 160 degrees for three to four minutes.

These are the five true tea types. Hopefully, you learned something new! Now let’s take a look at some other fun tea facts and how you can celebrate National Hot Tea Month!

Where They Come From

Now that we went over all of the different types of true teas, are you ready for the surprise? All of these teas come from the same plant. That’s right, all of them comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference between these teas is how they are oxidized and processed. Who knew one plant could create so many different flavors?

What About Herbal Teas?

Herbal teas, such as echinacea, peppermint, chamomile, and others, are actually not teas at all! These herbal drinks are called tisane. Other ingredients can be added to green, black, and white teas to give them additional flavors, but when your tea is made of chamomile and includes not Camellia sinensis leaves, it is not tea! Get ready to drop that fun fact at trivia!

Time Matters

We mentioned the steep time for each of the teas above, and one thing you should know if you’re going to be a tea master is the steep time matters. The amount of time you steep your tea for will differ depending on the type of tea and what you are trying to get out of it. If you are drinking tea for the taste, steep it for about one to three minutes. If you are drinking tea to be healthy, steep for two and a half to five minutes. And finally, if you are drinking tea for the caffeine, steep your tea for three to five minutes.

Alright, now that we gave you some fun facts about tea, let’s talk about how to celebrate National Hot Tea Month!

Drink It

One of the most obvious ways to celebrate is to drink hot tea! Add a cup of hot tea to your daily routine. Not only is it good for you, but it could give your the perfect midday boost of energy without the crash later! Store some tea bags at work for a quick and easy way to enjoy some hot tea. You can also invite your friends to have a tea party! This is a fun way to drink tea that will bring you back to your childhood.

Upgrade Your Tea

Going to the grocery store to buy tea bags is a simple way to get your tea fix, but during National Hot Tea Month, give your tea an upgrade! Head to a local tea shop and buy loose leaf tea and a tea infuser. Not only is loose leaf tea better, there are also so many different flavors you can choose from! Find a tea shop near you and buy yourself tea that is a higher qualiTEA than those tea bags!

Double the Tea

Add even more tea goodness to your day with TeaZen green tea concentrates! You can add these to your water or to a cup of hot tea. These products are packed full of beneficial ingredients that can help give you the health boost you need in the beginning of a new year! With six benefits to choose from, you can enjoy a different batch of healthy ingredients every day.

Hopefully, you’ve learned a little more about tea and how to celebrate National Hot Tea Month. At TeaZen, we know the benefits that tea can offer. Make it a goal to drink more tea in the new year and enjoy the health benefits it can offer! Shop our green tea concentrates to enjoy even more tea benefits.

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