Tea Loving Guide For Beginners

Any tea lovers here? Would you like to explore tea's world? I am a huge tea lover myself and every time I travel I try to find unique tea I can bring home and enjoy during the long winter months. There are four main types of tea: black, white, green, and oolong. However this article introduces, as well as the main types other one such as herbal teas, rooibos tea, and chai tea. 
Black Tea 
Contains caffeine, which makes it perfect to start the day with instead of coffee. Black tea has a strong flavour, and is fully fermented. Ideal temperature is approximately 95 Celsius degrees, and steeping time is 3 minutes.
White Tea
Lightly caffeinated with a subtle taste. White tea contains more antioxidants than green tea. The steeping time varies from 5 to 10 minutes. I personally leave it for around 10 minutes due to a very subtle flavour and use 80 to 85 Celsius degrees.  
Green Tea
Boosts metabolism, improves physical performance, and contains antioxidants. Green tea should be steep, ideally with soft water, from 2 to 3 minutes if steep for longer the tea might become slightly bitter. During hot summer days I really enjoy iced green tea with lemon grass, it is so refreshing! 
Oolong Tea
Contains caffeine, and is used to sharpen thinking skills, help preventing heart disease, and obesity. Oolong tea is party fermented. Anytime between 3 to 6 minutes of steeping should be enough.
Herbal Tea
Also known as herbal tisanes. Made from fruits, herbs, and flowers. My favourite herbal teas include cinnamon, chamomile, cherry, bergamot, lemon, orange, dandelion, dill, echinacea, fennel, ginger, hibiscus, goji, mint, lemon grass, pepermint, pine, raspberry, sage, and apple. 
Rooibos Tea
Caffeine free tea made from leafs found in South Africa known for helping to relief stress. Steeping time is approximately 3 to 6 minutes.
Chai Tea
Tea leafs mixed with spices and herbs such as cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black pepper, nutmeg, chinese star anise, ginger, and fennel.
How to steep tea?
There are so many teas and ever more ways to steep it! It depends from tea to tea. Some of them require different temperature from 60 to 90 Celsius degree for their flavour to develop. If you are really into tea, buying a thermometer might be useful to measure exactly. Teas also have different steeping times, anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes.  In this time leaves slowly unfold and rerelease the flavour. How much tea you use also depends on how strong you want your tea to be. I use two table spoons full of leaves for a cup, which is around 250ml. At the end of the day it does comes down to your personal taste. 
How to store tea?
It is important to keep your tea leafs and bags in a closed container as tea leaves will absorb moisture.
Why should you try leaf teas?
I dare to say that leaf teas are fresher, tastier and better quality than the one crushed into a tea bags. Additionally there is no tea bag, which means there is less waste. Another benefit is that you can reuse already used tea leaves and make another tea. Yes, loose leaf tea might appear more expensive at first but when you know where to buy them, and which one can you reuse it actually works out cheaper.
What is your favourite tea?   
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  1. Interesting article ! I love tea so much, it's good to have some clarification sometimes about the differences between all the different teas and herbal infusions.
    Lovely idea!

    1. Would you like me to explore and research this for you a little bit more? I am more than happy to as I am a tea addict! Best wishes, Iga

  2. Great post! I'm a green and white tea fan usually unless I run out and am forced to suck up black tea. :)

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