What is Tea?
Tea leaves come from the tea plant, the Camelia Sinensis. There are many types of tea, however they all originate from the same plant.
If they all come from the same plant how do we get so many different types? Black, Green, White, Yellow and Oolong tea all have their own unique make up of flavours, determined by the elevation, the weather, the type of soil it has been grown in and when it is picked. What finally distinguishes them from each other is how they are processed, some are left to oxidise in the sun others are steamed or left to ferment. It really is a fascinating to learn more about each one.
It is a myth that green tea and white tea have less caffeine than black teas as they are coming from the same plant. However the temperature that you brew and the length of time you leave it to brew will determine how much or how little caffeine you consume, although there is no way to determine how much you caffeine you are actually consuming.
Health Benefits of Blends and Ingredients.
Apple Spice -The main ingredient in this blend are Apples; extremely rich in important antioxidants and dietary fibre. possible benefits may include reducing hypertension,aiding with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Black Forest - The main ingredient in this blend is Rooibos, it is said to be extremely rich in important antioxidants, aid in digestion and boost bone health! Cocoa nibs are a good source of fibre, protein, and healthy fats — nutrients that help promote feelings of fullness. They're rich in many minerals, including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and copper.
Island Sorrel - The main ingredient in this blend is Hibiscus; The health benefits of hibiscus tea are said to include reducing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as relief from digestive, inflammatory problems and boosting the immune system.
Less Stress More Zest - Lavender is good for calming your stress and anxiety and lemon is said to be good for helping headaches because of the Vitamin C.
Pep in Your Step -Sooth your stomach and aid digestion with this blend.
Peppermint - Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of gastrointestinal disorders, headaches and aches and pains.
Rooibos - Possible health benefits include: Soothing headaches, aiding sleep and digestive problems.
Lavender - Lavender tea and oil is said to aid in treatment of headaches, muscle cramps and dizzy spells.
Sustainability in the Tea Industry
Keep an eye on this section, some really interesting facts about tea plants and the environment coming soon.