Tea is one of (if not the) most widely drank beverages in the world. There are so many different kinds of delicious tea out there that we thought we’d try to narrow it down a bit.
This tea is one of the most popular/famous teas out there and is popular for its taste and health benefits. Green tea is harvested differently than other teas as it is allowed to only slightly wither after being picked. The ripening (or oxidation) process is then halted by heating the leaves. This process preserves the tea’s natural flavor and antioxidants. Green tea contains about 24 – 45mg of caffeine per cup.
Black tea is the most common tea in North America. Black tea is harvested by allowing the leaves to wither after being picked. They’re then rolled and allowed to oxidize and dry. This process develops natural flavor and color. Black tea also has numerous health benefits including antioxidants, stress relief, immune support and more. Black tea contains half the caffeine of a traditional cup of coffee and twice as much as green tea, about 50 – 75mg.
Often called weight loss tea, Oolong (or wulong) tea is harvested by allowing the leaves to oxidize in direct sunlight until they give off a pleasant aroma. It has a very fragrant and distinct flavor that is compared to fresh flowers and fruit. It contains the caffeine content somewhere between black and green tea. Oolong is known as weight loss tea because in multiple Asian studies it was shown to help increase daily energy expenditure levels and help block fat storage.
White tea is the most delicate of all the teas. It is also the most minimally processed. White tea is harvested by picking and is carefully monitored while drying. They are neither rolled nor oxidized. This produces a more subtle and mellow flavor. White tea contains the most antioxidants of all tea varieties. White tea has the same amount of caffeine as green and black tea.
This tea is actually made using green tea. The green tea leaves are ground into a very fine powder. It creates a frothy, bright green drink that is bursting with flavor. Matcha is the only form of tea where the whole leaf is consumed. It delivers the same health benefits as green tea, but in a more concentrated dose. Matcha contains around the same caffeine content as traditional green tea.
This tea takes an exotic turn from traditionally brewed tea. Hibiscus tea is made from the hibiscus flower, which offers a unique and exotic flavor that is bitter, like cranberry, in taste. It is used all over the world for its various supposed health benefits which include lowering blood pressure. Hibiscus tea also contains vitamin C, minerals, and is naturally caffeine free.