Tea has long been known for its many benefits and it is very respected and represented in many cultures, especially in Asia, where it came from. Since the culture of drinking tea has spread all over the world, the choice available in tea shops and markets is incredible. Even though there are many variations of tea, most of them come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis.
They differ in the production process, and their benefits differ according to type:
Green tea – we can say this is the basic type of tea, which is not fermented and its leaves stay green after picking and quick steaming. It is known for high percentage of antioxidants as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals.
White tea – it consists of freshly picked and air-dried tea leaves, it is lightly fermented and has mild taste. It reduces risk of cancer and cardiovascular problems and helps improve oral health.
Yellow tea – it is made through a process similar to green tea, but the leaves are steamed or dried more quickly, so the green color is lost and the leaves turn slightly yellow. It has the same benefits as white and green tea.
Oolong tea – it is partially fermented and its leaves stay green after processing. It is beneficial for cancer and heart disease prevention, but also for improving brain functions.
Black tea – its leaves are fully fermented and they come in dark brown or black color. It is the most popular variety in Western culture, and it has plenty of antioxidants and the same benefits as black and green tea.
Pu-erh – it is produced in China and known as Chinese black tea. It is fermented twice and it is aged, and often comes in the shape of cakes or brick of compressed leaves. It has strong taste and plenty of benefits for heart, brain, blood sugar and intestines.
In addition to tea types based on Camellia sinensis, there are plenty of other tea varieties coming from different plants, which are often blended together with green or black tea. Therefore, you can drink green tea with jasmine, lemon or ginger, black tea with bergamot and plenty of other combinations.
Different types of teas have different benefits, and since tea drinking culture has spread onto the Western world, the choice of teas and tea blends has become huge and the ambience of drinking tea has become important. A large choice of teas can be found in specialized shops such as “The Tea Shoppe Cape Cod”, where you can find tea for any occasion and any purpose. It also has a pleasant ambience for tea drinking, and even some Austin production companies and photographers have chosen it for their shooting sessions. Since a large choice of teas has become available and easy to find, even those who used not to like tea will be able to find a blend or a type they will start drinking and which they will enjoy.