Caffeine in tea and other stimulants

Recently I have found numerous articles and been asked about the levels of caffeine in tea. This is most likely due to the general consensus that caffeine is bad for you. In this blog I am going to debunk some of the myths of caffeine levels in tea. Owing to an ancient misconception that the…

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…

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…

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….

An insight into Pu’er Tea and its double foray through history

Pu’er tea is more often than not forgotten due to the unusual technique of post-fermentation that gives the tea its unique characteristics. Both types, yes there are two, are incredibly similar, however, they have some key differences especially in their history with one a relatively new invention and the other a testament to the stand…

A beginner’s guide to tea

Something people have told me more often recently is that what may seem like common sense to me is not necessarily general knowledge to others. Thus, in that vein, this is my survival guide to the fundamentals of tea. It contains everything I believe any budding tea fanatic should know about this staple beverage. As…