What is Tea?
To be fair we believe you know what the second most common beverage in the world is. If not, you can find a lot of facts about it online. But what does it mean for you?
For us, tea is an important part life. It is friendship – sharing a precious moment with a friend. Tea is creativity – it is enjoying a cup of tea while writing or reading. Tea is self care – it is taking the time for ourself, reflecting the day in total stillness by the comfort of our favourite chair.
Facts about Tea
Tea originated from China and all types of tea is made from the same plant Camellia sinensis, the difference between the different types of tea lies in the process of drying the leaves – the oxidisation. The different kinds of tea have different levels of oxidation, and the level of oxidation results in different categories of tea.
Oxidation begins as soon as the tea leaves are harvested, and continues when they are crushed, rolled, or tumbled. This process puts pressure on the tea leaves to expose them to air on all parts of the tea leaf. Once the tea is oxidised to the right level, the leaves are then “fixed” by exposing them to heat. This stops the oxidation process and prevents the tea from darkening further. The longer tea leaves oxidise, the darker and stronger the tea made from those leaves will be.
There are six main types of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong, black, and pu-erh. Each tea type has its own unique brewing ritual. The water quality, temperature and the time of brewing being the most important things to consider. This depends on how long the oxidisation process has been. In general, the longer oxidisation process the warmer water temperature.
Tea is made from steeping the tea leaves in either hot or cold water. I usually warm brew my tea first to then reuse the leaves in a cold brew.
Types of Tea
Which Tea is Your Favourite?
We B Tea offers different types of tea with the goal to revolutionise the way we drink tea. See the links below to find more information about the qualities and benefits of each tea that We B Tea offers.