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Different types of tea...but why?

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

OK so we know that there are white, green, yellow, oolong, dark & black teas...but really...why?


Now we know...It's more than Flavor...


Over time we discovered that by oxidizing tea leaves the character and the properties of the tea leaves changed. When tea leaves are plucked, the anabolic growth process ceases and a catabolic degrading process replaces it...


We learned over time that by manipulating the natural metabolic process that tea leaves undergo, we can influence the process in a way that produces more or less desirable traits in the final product.


We learned techniques to alter the process tea leaves go through that yield tea into "types" of tea. We discovered ways to suspend or delay oxidation in teas to produce greens and whites and ways to encourage oxidation to produce oolong, dark and black teas.


We learned the advantages of the resulting tea types like green teas being more vegital and representative of the freshly plucked leaf while black teas produced deeper amber tea broth with deeper aroma and flavor...


So there is a case to be made that the creation of tea types was initially done for practical reason of aroma, taste, and creation of different drinking experiences. And there is a case to be made that it was discovered that when tea leaves were oxidized their stability increased allowing for easier transportation around the world.


Now there is even more reason to enjoy "types" of tea...Today, not only can we enjoy teas from around the world in a wide range of tea types, enjoying nuances of far-off places in our teacups, today research has provided us with a whole additional range of health benefits that come with the oxidation of tea leaves into tea types...


What we know today is that un-oxidized teas, partially-oxidized teas and fully-oxidized teas each have their own strengths or advantages in health benefits.


As the tea molecule oxidizes not only does the cup flavor and character change, but the molecular properties and how they effect our bodies changes too...want a cup of tea?

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