Very little has changed in the experience of brewing tea over the centuries, and very little needs to change. It is a simple pleasure that has long proven to reduce stress and help aid recovery from stressful situations.
Brits are renowned for loving a cup of tea, from stewed builder’s brew with three sugars to antioxidant-loaded green tea. After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink on the planet.
Tea aficionados will tell you that for proper tea, then loose leaf tea is the way to go. The daily ceremony of making your preferred blend can help create a sea of calm in your mind and become part of your self-care and wellbeing.
The simple beauty that lies within the process of brewing tea forces you to slow down. Even if you’re using a standard tea bag, you can’t rush making a good cuppa! The ritual of drinking tea also provides a moment to stop and take a breather, to drink in its warmth, and let the calm envelop you.
With loose leaf tea, the quality of the herbs used is much higher, less processed. You can see all the individual ingredients, which haven’t been processed into almost dust-like constituents.
The more the herbs are cut and processed, the more susceptible the herbs become to degradation and can lead to a much shorter shelf life. You can see the whole flowers and spices in loose leaf tea, making it quite beautiful to watch swimming in the hot water as it brews, and it provides a much richer flavour and taste than a teabag.
Here is a guide to some different tea varieties
No matter how you drink it, all tea comes from the same plant, camellia sinesis, and the different types of tea are from the ways that it is harvested and crafted.
White tea is the lightest, most delicate of teas. It is simply dried, and as it is the least processed, it retains the highest levels of antioxidants. It is sweet and grassy, and not at all bitter.
Fully oxidised black tea has the deepest of flavours. The most sought after, hand-crafted leaves are highly prized and have notes of chocolate, caramel, or very floral, but cheap versions can be bitter and lacking depth. Perfect with sweet dishes.
Shortly after being harvested, the tea leaves are steamed or fired at high temperatures, giving us green tea. The flavours are as varied as types of white wine, and the very best is deliciously smooth and rich, with a £1,000 per kg price tag. Cheap green tea can be bitter.
Oolong sits somewhere between green and black tea. Lighter oolong is green and fruity, while darker variations are more nutty and roasted. Oolong is the most versatile to enjoy with any foods.
Scented or flavoured tea
Teas can be scented with flowery flavours such as jasmine or rose, or with citrusy bergamot oil, such as in Earl Grey. But most commercial tea and fruit teas use flavourings, rather than natural additives, and lack the health benefits.
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