The Plant

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world (after water).  According to legend, the first tea was sipped in 2737 B.C. 

For thousands of years, the tradition of tea has been celebrated in cultures around the world.

Traditional tea comes from different varieties of the same plant – the tea bush, known as the Camellia Sinensis.  Originally found in China and India, it was introduced to Kenyan soil in the early 1900’s. 

Tea is grown in various places throughout the world.  Tea from the Nandi Hills region in Kenya is grown at such high altitudes, there are no pests and plants absorb more sunlight producing higher levels of antioxidants in the leaves.

 

 

The Process

Fresh leaves are plucked, withered, rolled, oxidized then dried to finish.  The level of oxidation varies depending on which type of tea is being produced.  Black tea is heavily oxidized while green tea is barely oxidized at all.

Once the tea is dry its ready to steep and brew a cup of tea.

To steep loose leaf tea, simply measure out 3g, or one teaspoon scoop of tea per cup. Then pour hot water, not boiling over the tea.  The ideal water temperature is between 80-96°C depending on the type of tea you are brewing.  

Wait for 3-5 minutes and enjoy your tea!

 

Types of Tea

There are many types of tea.  Green tea, white tea, oolong tea and black tea all come from the same green leaf of the tea bush but have different levels of leaf oxidation.  Tea contains caffeine.

Purple tea is another varietal of the tea plant, where the tea bush has a purple leaf.  Plants with purple leaves produce lower levels of caffeine and contain a powerful type of antioxidant called anthocyanin, also found in blueberries.  

There are also herbal teas.  Herbal teas are not made of leaves plucked from a tea bush, but instead are made from varying plants and flowers and are caffeine free.  

Tea is a natural remedy and known for its many health benefits .