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Matcha is a powdered green tea that is bursting with energy-giving antioxidants, a unique vegetal flavor, and a 100% natural and unmistakable bright green color. It is made from the leaves of high-quality green teas, and stone-ground into a fine powder. Although foodstuffs, smoothies, and more featuring Matcha have become a popular and recent trend cementing the tea’s status as a Social Media darling, the beverage actually has origins in 11th century Japan. There it was considered a precious medicine and only available to a select few. Thirteenth century samurai warriors are believed to have consumed Matcha prior to battle, having learned brewing

Unlike black and green teas, herbal teas (or infusions – or tisanes) do not hail from the Camellia sinensis plant, and therefore are not officially “tea.” They are, however, completely caffeine-free, and are widely believed to provide multiple health benefits, including allergy, indigestion, and insomnia relief. Their aromatic qualities make them perfect as an after-dinner drink, or to sip after slipping under a warm blanket on a late night with a good book in hand. Types of Herbal Tea Herbal teas comprise many popular herbs, including, but not limited to: • Mint • Hibiscus • Chamomile • Licorice • Ginger • Lemongrass Many herbal teas are blends of an assortment of

The origins of green tea can be traced back more than 4,000 years to China, but its story is also predominantly rooted in Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. A varietal of the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea is considered to have some of the strongest healing properties of all teas, and contains powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. Unlike black tea, it is not oxidized. In fact, green tea leaves are steamed directly following their harvest to preserve flavor. The tea is put through a rigorous one-day process that includes three different stages: • Pan frying or steaming blocks enzymes that would cause oxidation and

Most widely consumed in the Western world, black tea hails from the camellia sinensis sinensis and camellia sinensis assamica plants. It is, by far, the most oxidized of all teas. Oxidation is a chemical reaction causing tea leaves to brown while simultaneously coaxing out their unique aroma and flavor. With black tea, the oxidation process kicks in no sooner than the leaves are plucked. To expedite the process, the leaves are often crushed or rolled. High temperatures are also required for the ideal brew, with experts recommending a max of 203-212℉. Ultimately, black teas boast a strong, full-bodied flavor profile, which is frequently described

A Brief History of Ceylon Tea Formerly known as Ceylon, the island country of Sri Lanka launched its tea production in 1867 in response to English demand. Scotsman James Taylor was the pioneer responsible for the Ceylon tea industry. After arriving on the island in 1852 at the age of 17, he was entrusted with the Loolecondera estate in the hills of Kandy that was being primed for coffee production. When his employers began considering tea production, however, Taylor was charged with initial, experimental plantings, and sewed 19 acres of tea seeds at the estate at an altitude of 500 meters. Some of

A Brief History of Tea in Japan While tea ultimately began to spread wherever Chinese sailors set anchor, the monk Saisho – who had been sent to China as an envoy – is typically credited with the earliest introduction of tea in his home of Japan in the 9th century. But it wasn’t until Saisho’s successor, Eisai – a monk and the eventual founder of Japanese Zen Buddhism – brought seeds from the tea tree to the island of Kyushu, and subsequently Kyoto, that cultivation of the crop began to take root. During the 12th and 13th centuries, tea in Japan was primarily

India remains one of the world’s largest producers of tea, with more than 13,000 gardens employing a workforce some two-million strong. Interestingly, about 70 percent of India’s tea is consumed within the country, itself. And many popular teas enjoyed worldwide – such as Assam and Darjeeling – are exclusive to the country. From England to India The tea plant Camellia sinensis is native to India and grew wild in the jungles of Assam for centuries before being cultivated for its properties as a beverage. Native Indians would use the leaves as an ingredient while cooking, blending it with garlic and oil. But the history

The origins of tea – all tea – can be traced back 5,000 years ago to China. All the Tea in China History tells us tea was discovered by botanical explorer and Chinese emperor Shen-Nung in 2737 B.C. According to legend, while purifying water under a tea tree, some leaves happened to blow into the emperor’s pot, resulting in an accidental – but fortuitous – brew. He named the brew “ch’a,” which is translated as “to investigate,” as the emperor perceived the beverage spread throughout his body – investigating it – as he drank. Between 202 B.C. and 206 A.D., Chinese farmers developed cultivating, drying,

A Massive Continent Yields Multiple Teas Africa is a relative newcomer to the tea industry, and has used its late arrival to its advantage, building on the experience of those who came before to emerge as a world renowned, tea-producing powerhouse. In fact, Kenya stands as the third largest producer, globally, after China and India. Additional tea-producing African countries include Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, which combined produce nearly 30% of the world’s exports – or roughly 514,000 tons of tea. Africa’s Top Producers • Kenya: In 1903, the first tea seeds from India were planted on two Kenyan acres. From that legacy,

Did you know? According to The Tea Association of the U.S.A., more than half of the American population drinks tea on any given day. While there is no “best” tea delivery method, so to speak, knowing more about the way tea is packaged and processed can help to ensure a positive drinking experience. There are three main delivery methods for tea: • Loose: For many connoisseurs, loose tea is the only kind worth brewing. Placed in a strainer or an infuser, loose tea leaves are enveloped by the water, which results in maximum expansion of the leaves and a full-bodied flavor. Loose tea

When you store tea it is important to remember, whether loose or bagged, that tea is highly susceptible to five main factors: • Air • Moisture • Heat • Light • Odor Contact with oxygen will cause tea to turn brown and lose flavor over time. Additionally, moisture of any kind will ruin tea (steer clear of storage spots near the sink, dishwasher, or microwave). To aptly safeguard from both conditions, an opaque, airtight container is the best method to store tea. Glass containers may be attractive but are discouraged because exposure to light can degrade your tea leaves over time. Metal or ceramic containers are ideal. Likewise, tea

Are you tired of offering guests a nice cup of tea, only to worry obsessively if it’s watered down, or – worse – watch them wince after a bitter first sip? Keep reading for some key tea steeping tips that will ensure a phenomenal cup each and every time. Before placing the kettle on the stove, there are a few important things to understand about tea, first and foremost. All tea hails from the same plant. That’s right. Whether your pleasure is black, green, white, or oolong, it all comes from the same plant – the Camellia sinensis. And because there is no

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