We all can agree that tea comes from one single source: the Camellia Sinensis, but the way and place it is grown, harvested and processed changes its composition, flavor and profile. Today ORGANO will tell you a few truths about tea and will give you a quick round through the different types of tea that exist.
There isn’t a real, proper number to the types of teas that can exist… They would be too many to mention! But there are five main families that can group them all. Let’s explore them.
The most popular one and with high popularity in East Asia, India and the UK. The tea leaves of this type of tea suffer a 4-step process: withering to make the leaves soft and pliable, rolling to release the natural enzymes, oxidation or air exposure which give it the peculiar flavor we all know, and drying to stop the oxidation process.
Its color is a dark brown, almost red color when dissolved, the leaves are black and crunchy. Some famous black tea varieties are ORGANO’s Red Tea, the popular Earl Grey and English Breakfast.
Research has demonstrated that this type of tea can lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
This type of tea comes from the same plant but there is a huge difference in the process: the camellia leaves are not withered but steamed to stop oxidation, and then rolled and dried, resulting in the common green color we all know. This type of tea is widely consumed in China and Japan.
Some known varieties of this tea are the traditional green leaf tea (You may want to check ORGANO’s Green tea), matcha, genmaicha and sencha. Due to the lack of withering process, this tea contains more nutrients than other types. Its consumption is linked to low blood pressure, reduction in insulin resistance and cancer risk.
This tea goes through a 3-step process: withering, oxidation and drying.
Compared to back tea, oolong has less oxidation and a more gentle profile flavor, so you can say it is partially oxidized.
Oolong is richer in polyphenols, a common catechin that inhibits cancer and development of tumors in many cases. Some famous blends are Ti Kuan Yin or Big red Robe.
This variety is very special and peculiar, its process is similar to the one of green tea but before the leaves are dry, they endure an aging process, giving it a more fermented and rich flavor. Very old pu’erh teas are considered “living”. They are prized for their earthy, woodsy or musty aroma and rich, smooth taste.
This is the least processed of all teas, no steaming or rolling, just oxidized and dried. You can recognize it due to its downy fibers and soft color. This variety is also very low in caffeine, making a perfect blend for the evenings or when you aim to relax.
However you take your tea you’ll be getting amazing benefits from this miraculous leaf, especially if you have ORGANO’s Red or Green blends, enriched with Ganoderma. Support your body with the best, natural products.
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