It seems like people are always putting in their two cents. It’s ridiculous! You know they think they know what they’re talking about, but they don’t. Advice on tea is no different. “Organic teas are of a higher quality than other teas.” “Drinking tea prevents cancer.” These myths only help sell tea, but here are Three Truths About Three Tea Myths.
Green Tea is Better for You
The two types of camellia sinensis plants provide us with the six types of tea that exist. While it seems like that isn’t many, the variations are vast. This is due to the way the tea is processed and how and where it’s grown. The soil conditions, weather and care the plants receive all determine the end product.
Green teas are plucked and withered, then either fired or rolled and shaped. This processing gives brewed green tea a grassy flavor and a green color. Black teas are plucked and withered, then the leaves are rolled and shaped with fervor, and next oxidized and fired. Processing black tea this way results in a brew that’s a reddish color and tastes earthy and malty. Green tea is not better for you than any other tea. It’s simply different.
Black Tea Should Steep Longer Than Green, White, and Oolong Teas
The truth is that there are no hard and fast rules, like “black teas needs to be brewed longer than other teas.” Each situation needs to be evaluated separately. Large amounts of water, for instance, mean longer steeping times, as do whole leaves, while small, broken leaves require less steeping time. The best thing to do is keep tasting your tea until it is perfect, like a tea connoisseur.
Black Tea Has More Caffeine Than Green, White, and Oolong Teas
The rules of caffeine content in teas are not set in stone either. While most tea has less caffeine than coffee, the amount of caffeine in each tea varies due to where and how it is grown, but mostly according to how it has been processed. Roasting, aging and fermenting all diminish tea’s caffeine content. Two green teas from China can have very different caffeine contents, while a green tea may have more caffeine than a black tea that has been through much processing. Researchers studied the subject and found that tea type had no impact on caffeine content; however, they did find that steeping longer increased caffeine levels quite a bit in some teas.
Drinking tea contributes to your health and emotional well-being, and it is not a pastime, but an experience. Drink more tea!
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