#13 – All Teabags are NOT the Same

#13 – All Teabags are NOT the Same

Contrary to popular opinion, teabags do not necessarily make a bad cup of tea. Teabags are here to stay, convenience being their main advantage. The quality of the tea made by a teabag depends on the QUALITY OF THE TEA IN THE TEA BAG. The majority of tea bagged teas sold in supermarkets have inferior(…)

#12 – Organic Tea, Coffee & Water

#12 – Organic Tea, Coffee & Water

Organic Teas have been sold since the 1980s when the Organic craze began. In spite of this, the take up has not been as big as was expected. Many suppliers use the Organic claim in the hope that it will generate more sales of their product, not realising that it is a narrow and specific(…)

#10 – The Six Types of Tea

#10 – The Six Types of Tea

Although all tea is derived from species of the Camellia plant (mainly Camellia Sinensis), as distinct from fruit and herbal infusions, the method of processing the leaves gives rise to six types, colours or classes of tea. Black Tea: produced by the orthodox (drying, rolling, withering, firing) or CTC (crush, tear, curl) method. These teas(…)

#9 – Large Leaf vs Small Leaf

#9 – Large Leaf vs Small Leaf

There is a myth being circulated by some marketers of tea that large leaf teas are always better than small leaf tea. This is not so. The truth is that there are some teas, particularly those which are strong and aromatic, that are enjoyed better as a small leaf size (or to use the terminology(…)

#8 – Glass Jars Bad Tea

#8 – Glass Jars Bad Tea

Storage of tea in clear glass jars, especially if they are kept outside of pantry cupboards, results in the tea leaves ‘breaking down’ and losing their quality. Proper storage of tea is important if you want the tea to retain quality, aroma and character. The natural enemies of good tea are moisture, air and light.(…)

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