Teas have been used for centuries by major population of the world to treat everything from minor cuts and burns to major diseases. These are classified by the size of the processed leaf and according to the region of origin. Teas are also classified by their manufacturing process such as fermented, unfermented and semi-fermented.
All types of teas come from the same plant known as the Camellia sinensis. There are hundreds of kinds of teas available in the market with their own individual appearance, taste, and aroma. The most common categories of teas existing today are Black Tea, Blooming Tea, Flavor Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Pu'Er Tea, Slimming Tea, White Tea, and Yellow Tea.
Black Tea - Generally stronger in flavor and is more oxidized. Processed in two ways, CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl) or Orthodox.
Blooming Tea - This flowering tea made by binding green tea leaves and flowers like globe amaranth, jasmine, marigold, lily, and osmanthus together into a bulb. When hot water is added to them, leaves unfurl, and the flower blooms, creating a beautiful aesthetic effect.
Flavor Tea - Beautifully blended with a variety of fruits, herbs, and spices. Blueberry, Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Ginger, Hibiscus, Lemon, Mango, Mint, Orange, Peach, Pomegranate, Apple, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Vanilla, Rose Hips, etc. are the available flavors.
Green Tea - Made from unoxidized leaves and less processed. Contain the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols (flavonols and catechins).
Oolong Tea - Fully oxidize during processing, traditionally rolled, twisted or curled into tight balls. Can be steeped several times.
Pu'Er Tea - Contain higher levels of polyphenols. Tea leaves go through a natural fermentation process.
Slimming Tea - Made from natural ingredients, helps to shed an extra amount of weight in the body.
White Tea - Lightly oxidized tea, having the most delicate flavors and aromas. Contain lower levels of caffeine.
Yellow Tea - Similar to green tea, but contains an extra step called 'Sealed Yellowing’. Produced from tips or leaf buds.
No matter what the season is or served iced or hot, tea can be consumed as a tasty beverage with lots of benefits beyond refreshment such as help with weight loss, protect your bones, keep your smile bright, boost the immune system, help battle cancer, soothe the digestive system and many more.