NEARLY ALL TEA originates from the Camellia sinensis plant. In fact, of the many different teas available, they vary only according to the following: region in which the tea was grown, the time of year the leaves were picked, and the method of processing the leaves. In general, teas fit into one of four main categories: white, green, oolong, and black. Additionally, there are also herbal teas, which are not actually derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. Instead, these are known as herbal infusions or tisanes.
BLACK TEA is the tea with which people are probably most familiar. Black tea leaves are fully oxidized during processing. Therefore, black tea has approximately 20% the caffeine found in a cup of coffee.
A few of our black teas include the following: apricot, India Assam, Earl Grey, orange spice, peach mango, prickly pear, and tropical.
OOLONG TEA is a full-bodied tea, which has a flavorful fragrance and sweet aroma. Oolong tea undergoes a multi-step process after harvest of withering, rolling, partial oxidation and firing. It is semi-fermented, and yields approximately 15% of the caffeine found in one cup of coffee.
We offer a nice, full-bodied Formosa oolong tea.
GREEN TEA is the most popular type of tea, mainly because it is the beverage of choice in Asia. Fresh leaves undergo minimal oxidation during processing to produce green tea. Some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavored teas. Green tea has only 5-10% the caffeine in coffee, per cup. Green teas are said to contain healthy antioxidants and can be used as part of a healthy diet.
Some of our green teas include the following: premium Japanese sencha, pomegranate, blackberry jasmine, citrus blossom, hibiscus, and Moroccan mint.
WHITE TEA comes from the young tea leaves. The immature leaves are picked just before the leaf opens on the stem, and is air dried to lock in its color and flavor. White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. This loose leaf tea has very little caffeine and brews a light color and flavor. White teas also contain healthy antioxidants and are the best for skin and complexion.
We offer mutan white peony and apricot white teas.
HERBAL TEA (TISANE) does not contain any Camellia plant leaves. Instead, these are caffeine-free infusions that are derived from botanicals such as dried fruits, herbs, spices and flowers. Fruit tisanes are much lower in calories and carbs than fruit drinks, because they do not contain any added sugar.
A few of the herbal teas we offer include the following: kiwi strawberry, market spice, raspberry hibiscus, and relaxing tea.