Introduction to Tea

The most widely accepted non-alcoholic beverage in the world is tea, with over three million tonnes are grown annually. In the UK alone 165,000,000 cups of tea are drunk every day, accounting for 40% of our daily fluid intake. Tetley alone buys 1,000 kg of tea every week, and sells 60 different tea blends, where…

Raw Vs. Ripe Pu’er Tea

Pu’er tea consists of two completely different categories. One is called ‘Raw Pu’er Tea’ and the other is ‘Ripe Pu’er Tea’. Raw Pu’er tea has a very long history and it was the tea traded through The Ancient Tea Route. Raw Pu’er tea is also a tea for which many collectors search enthusiastically. In freshly…

Camellia sinensis

“Camellia sinensis originated in South East Asia, specifically around the intersection of latitude 29°N and longitude 98°E, the point of confluence of the lands of North East India, North Burma, South West China and Tibet. The plant was introduced to more than 52 countries, from this ‘centre of origin’.” (Mary Lou Heiss; Robert J. Heiss. The Story of Tea: A…

Why temperature matters?

The reason black tea traditionally requires a higher temperature than green teas is that black teas are more oxidised and are therefore more stable. In order to bring out the tannins, water of a higher temperature is needed; however, if the brewing occurs for a long period of time then a high concentration of tannins…

The effect of flavourings on black tea

Sugar – this additive has the unusual effect not only of masking the bitter taste of both tea and coffee but also of actually changing the chemistry of the caffeine within these drinks. A research paper, led by Dr. Seishi Shimizu, published in Food and Function shows the original theory that the suppression of the bitter flavour…

How to brew Camomile Tea?

When brewing first warm the container, with hot tap water. Before, filling your infusion device with 1 tsp of the dried camomile flowers. Then heat 250ml or 8oz of water in the kettle to bring to a boil. When properly heated remove from the heat. Remove the hot tap water heating your mug, before adding…

How to Store Tea

It has become recently more and more obvious that people just don’t know how to store tea correctly. Its kept in its box or bag and that’s it – job done. However, there are so many factors that affect whether the tea you will have today is different from the one tomorrow. Below I have highlighted some…

Fukamushi-Cha Tea Tasting Review

The secret to different teas lies in the cultivation and further processing. Sencha is made from green tea leaves that are cultivated in direct sunlight and are harvested in the first or second flush. The leaves of the upper shoots (which are younger) are used because they are of higher quality than those of the…

Kakegawa City

On the 15th December my compatriots and I, travelled to Kensington, London, to participate in a Kakegawa tea tasting event. This event featured a slide show presentation discussing the tea growing region Kakegawa propounded by Asako Steward, followed by an opportunity to taste Fukamushi-Cha, through both the official Japanese tea tasting evaluation style as well…

History Quiz

Some holiday fun, all the answers can be found in the previous history blogs. Have fun and don’t forget to comment how you did at: https://www.facebook.com/shennongofkent/ or https://twitter.com/ShennongOfKent or even comment below. The winner might just get a prize.

Medicinal Properties of Tea

The medicinal properties associated with tea, as well as the low caffeine levels, are not supported by modern scientific studies. This is due to the fact that the tea plant grows in so many regions and can be processed in so many different ways, tests on one tea do not prove effects of all tea….