Tea Guide

TEA GUIDE

WHAT IS TEA?

Traditionally the word ‘tea’ refers to any drink made from the leaf of the Camellia sinensis
plant. White, green, oolong and black tea are all made from the same plant but processed
differently. Today, tea is loosely used to refer to any infused beverage.

WHY LOOSE?

Loose leaf allows you to blend more than one tea to create your own personal distinct
experience. Every cup regardless of size can be made to the perfect strength (versus tea bags
which can’t be blended and the strength of each cup is predefined).

TEA STYLES

DRIED / UNFERMENTED

GREEN ROOIBOS

Made from the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis plant (legume family) which is indigenous to the Western Cape (South Africa). Picked as a green leaf and dried (no oxidation/fermentation). Contains significantly high levels of antioxidants. An ideal supplement for healthy aging with cancer fighting qualities. No caffeine, no tannins & never gets bitter (unlike green tea). Draws to a green/orange colour and tastes like green tea but sweeter and creamier. Very much the hidden gem – we plan to change that!

GREEN TEA

Made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Picked as a green leaf and dried (no oxidation/fermentation). A delicate
& misunderstood tea. Only draw for 1-2min in 70’C (add 20% cold water to boiled water). High in antioxidants although
contains caffeine. Like wine, the real connoisseur can tell where in the world a green tea was grown.

WHITE TEA

Made from the Camellia sinensis plant. So subtle it makes a green tea appear bold. The process is similar to green tea except white tea is made from the very young delicate new shoots which are traditionally hand plucked.

FERMENTED LEAVES

ROOIBOS

Like green rooibos it’s also made from the Aspalathus linearis plant indigenous to the Western Cape. Although it is green when harvested rooibos turns red in colour after the fermentation/oxidation process (green rooibos is not fermented). It is high in antioxidants and an ideal supplement for healthy ageing and fighting cancer. No caffeine, no tannis & never gets bitter (unlike black or green tea). Change your view on rooibos by trying this: brew from cold in a pot using 2 table spoons per cup. Simmer for 15 minutes. Drink with milk & honey.

BLACK TEA

(eg English Breakfast): Made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Picked as a green leaf, fermented (turns black in colour), dried. Compared to other teas, black tea is high in caffeine. Releases bitter tannins when over brewed which is frowned upon by people that frown.

SEMI FERMENTED

OOLONG

Made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Is partially/lightly fermented and shares the characteristics of green and black tea.