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“When we sip tea, we are on our way to serenity.” Alexandra Stoddard – American Philosopher & Designer   WHITE TEA To make White tea boil water and leave to cool for around 2 minutes or use water at 185F –85C. Take care not to pour boiling water on to the leaves as this will … Continue readings

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Fruit and Herbal tisanes can not technically be classed as tea as they do not contain any leaves from the Camelia Sinensis plant. However, they are usually made in a similar way and can offer a pleasurable and healthy alternative to tea. All tisanes include a variety and mixture of different plant parts, including leaves, … Continue readings

All about Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos literally means Red Bush in Afrikaans. It grows only in South Africa and comes from the Aspalathus Linearis plant rather than the Camelia Sinensis; it has needle like leaves. Rooibos tea has a delicate and soft taste and makes a wonderful, rich, red infusion. Rooibos tea is a fermented tea but is naturally without … Continue readings

All about Black Tea

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Black Tea is fermented tea. Although the varieties of black tea and methods of processing differ considerably between the producing regions, all involve four basic steps after harvesting the leaves; withering, rolling, fermenting and firing. Withering – the leaves are spread out on trays so the air can circulate around them, thus removing the moisture. … Continue readings

All about Green Tea

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Green Tea is usually referred to as ‘non-fermented’ or ‘semi-fermented’ tea. The leaves of the Camelia Sinensis plant are plucked and harvested by hand with great care being taken not to damage the leaves, which would start fermentation. It is important with green tea not to allow fermentation and to stop oxidation in order to … Continue readings

All about White Tea

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White tea is the rarest of all teas and is produced in very small quantities in China (originally in Fujian Province). It outrivals all other teas for its delicate, mild and pure taste. It is the healthiest of all teas because of its high anti-oxidant content and it is also very low in caffeine. After … Continue readings