(10-30% of coffee)
(59-65% if coffee)
Each of our tea pots holds approximately 24 oz. of water
– or two cups of tea. Tea will be served while it
is brewing in the tea pot with the tea timer activated
at the appropriate time and with a cup and saucer. The
tea is ready when the sand in the tea timer has all run
to the bottom. The tea stops brewing once the first cup
has been poured.
These are unfermented teas, highly favored by the Chinese
themselves. In China, traditional hand-making methods are
still employed in many places, particularly in the manufacture
of China's finest teas, but some factories have introduced
a mechanized process.
Green Tea has been considered a medicinal beverage
in Asia for almost 4,000 years. There are many types of
Green Tea, and depending on the region and tea garden, each
tea will have its own unique taste.
Processing - Fresh picked tea leaf is allowed to
wither and then is steamed and fired in a wok while it is
continuously being rolled.
Green Tea is believed to have the
following beneficial properties:
• bio-defensing function by preventing cancer through
fortification of the immune system
• disease-preventing function by preventing high blood
pressure or diabetes
• disease-recovery function by inhibiting the rise
• physical rhythm-controlling function by stimulating
the central nervous system with caffeine
• ageing-suppressing function by providing the body
White teas are the rarest in the world, produced on a very
limited scale in China and Sri Lanka. The rarity of White
Tea is due to the fact that it can only be harvested on
certain days of the year and traditionally plucked only
at daybreak. This rarity often makes it one of the most
expensive teas to buy.
Processing - White Tea can is the least processed
of all the teas and is only quickly steamed to inactivate
the enzymes that would otherwise initiate the fermentation
of the leaves. After it is steamed it is dried and there
is no further processing. Consequently, this enables White
Tea to retain nearly all of its Polyphenols and health giving
For people who drink Green Tea specifically for health benefits,
it's not unusual to hear them say they find the taste a
bit too grassy for their palates. If this is the case, then
White Tea can be a subtle, sweet-tasting alternative with
the same (maybe more) benefits to health.
Grown in the Fuijan province, these are semi-fermented or
"semi-green" teas with flavors varying from light
and delicate to very strong. In a category between Green
and Black tea, is the partially fermented Oolong Tea.
Although partly fermented, Oolong still boasts a relatively
high Polyphenol content. Oolong is a full-bodied tea, with
a fragrant flavor. Fujian province remains one of the main
growing areas for this particular tea.
Processing - Traditionally plucked early in the morning
on a clear day, it is harvested in the time-honored formula
of one bud to every three leaves. After the harvest, the
leaves and buds are exposed to the sun before quickly being
moved indoors for drying. The drying process begins the
fermentation of the leaves, and for oolong, it is crucial
that the fermentation is only partially completed. The timing
of the fermenting is carefully monitored, and is stopped
when the leaves are about 30% red and 70% green. After fermenting,
the leaves are rubbed together vigorously to bring out the
flavor and aroma.
In the 16th century a fully fermented tea was developed
and became a major export to Europe.
Processing - To make black tea the leaf is allowed
to withered and then is rolled. This turns it into a mass
of bruised and sticky leaves whose juices are now exposed
to the air. Then this green mass is spread out for the exposed
juiced to oxidize, it begins turning brown, as would a freshly
sliced apple. The leaves are allowed to oxidize (ferment)
completely before firing.
Drinks made from other plants and herbs, such as peppermint,
technically are not “tea” since they don’t
come from the tea plant. The correct name for them is Tisane,
from the French word for infusion.
These drinks are commonly made from dried plant roots, herbs,
Like a Tisane, Mate is not technically a tea. It is a South
American beverage that is made from herbs. It is considered
an invigorating stimulant without caffeine.
first cup of tea was an accident - According to Chinese
mythology, in 2737 BC the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung, scholar
and herbalist, was sitting beneath a tree while his servant
boiled drinking water. A leaf from the tree dropped into
the water and Shen Nung decided to try the brew. The tree
was a wild tea tree.
tea - For the working and farming communities, afternoon
tea became high tea. As the main meal of the day, high tea
was a cross between the delicate afternoon meal enjoyed
in the ladies' drawing rooms and the dinner enjoyed in houses
of the gentry at seven or eight in the evening. With the
meats, bread and cakes served at high tea, hot tea was taken.
green tea is served in cups without a handle and is never
drunk with sugar or crème. The most polite way of
drinking green tea is to hold the cup with one hand and
support it from below with the other hand.
Time - Larger the leaf the longer you steep.