How Tea Is Made

Tea professionals often spend years to understand just one style of tea production, so we certainly can't cover all of the nuances and varieties in one class. That said, tea production generally falls into one of two styles  that we discussed previously (Orthodox or Non-orthodox, the latter usually being the CTC, or 'Crush-Tear-Curl,' method), and …

Tisanes

  One confusing aspect of learning about tea is the fact that items referred to as "tea" really aren't tea at all!  Experts refer to herbal teas by their proper term "tisanes" (pronounced "tih-ZAHN" or "tih ZANE"), a French word meaning "an herbal infusion".  These concoctions are typically dried herbs, flowers or fruits which are …

Types of Tea

All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but it is the differentiation in processing (or manufacturing) is what makes our different types of tea. Tea processing has five basic steps, but not all forms of tea follow all the steps; some teas repeat steps.  Basic processing includes picking (or plucking), withering (allowing the leaves …

What Is Tea?

Tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world next to water.   Although on the surface a cup of tea seems to be quite a simple product, it’s actually fairly complex in nature.  Believe it or not, all tea (Green, White, Black, Oolong, and Pu’erh) comes from one plant…the Camelia sinensis.  This shrub …