Learn About Tea

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The Plant That Rules The World

Camellia Sinensis

fondly known as Tea

 

All tea comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis. Most tea falls in to one of the four main groups, black tea, oolong tea, green tea or white tea.

To grow tea it is necessary to have the right environment and agricultural aspects, soil, water and the sun. An additional major component is the knowledge and ability for successfully drying the tea to produce the broad range of teas available today.

The oldest tea growing regions of the world continue today as the leaders in tea production. These countries include India, Sri-Lanka, China, Taiwan and Japan.

The Camellia Sinensis plant is an evergreen indigenous to Southwest Asia. Tea varieties differ from each other based on the processing method used after harvesting. Oxidation of the leaf defines whether a tea will be transformed into a black, oolong, green or white tea.

Herbal Tea and Rooibos Tea is not really tea.  They are derived from various barks, herbs, spices and botanicals that are brewed and consumed like tea. Herbals as a rule do not contain caffeine with the exception of Yerba Mate, a small tree native to subtropical Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

When tea is brewed at the right temperature and steeping time there is no better taste in the world. Tea has long been coveted for its health benefits and soothing capabilities.

Since 2003, we here at Churchill’s Fine Teas have embraced all that is tea.  Our own indulgence is in sourcing only the best teas and blends to share with you.

We hope you have the opportunity to embrace what is the 2nd most consumed beverage after water and considered the number one social drink in the world.