Last weekend, my friend and I visited David’s Tea after an intense cycling class at Velo-City! Surprisingly, she said it was her first time at David’s Tea! I became inspired to post this and hope you will find this helpful!
To me, tea time is a simple therapeutic ritual for connection and healing
Believed to have originated in China during Shang Dynasty as a medicinal drink, tea was originally defines as pouring hot or boiling water over leaves from the Camellia Sinesis plant. This phenomenon spread to England in the 17th century and shortly thereafter tea was hailed the national drink. India is now believed to be the largest nation of tea drinkers!
Traditional tea from Camellia Senesis plant is categorized depending on the way it is produced and are widely sold in varieties such as oolong, green, white, and black. They all have a caffeine pick-me-up and antioxidant properties. Beyond caffeinated brews lies the world of calming and therapeutic herbal teas such as peppermint, rosehip, and chamomile. Tea’s healing properties have been taken a step further with “medicinal” and “super-food” brews.
Tea prep is just as important as the leaf itself. Aim to use filtered water, as boiling does not remove fluoride from tap water. Desired temperature for steeping tea ranges from 180-220 degrees Fahrenheit.
Camellia Sinesis: Known for its cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavor. With caffeine content, powerful antioxidants, and protective properties, the extent to which oxidation is allowed to occur has an amazing effect on the finished product. Varieties include:
Green: Green tea leaves have undergone minimal oxidation. There are numerous varieties and to new a few are Japanese Sencha, Genmaicha (with roasted brown rice), Buddha’s tears, Jasmine, and powdered Matcha. Green tea is revered for its weight loss properties, enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants.
Oolong: A traditional Chinese tea, Oolong is produced through a unique process including subjecting the plant to strong sunlight before oxidizing, then curling and twisting the leaves. Oolong tea functions as an antioxidant and reduces stress. It has the ability to protect teeth against decay and protects bone mineral density!
White: White tea is the least processed of all teas. It is simply dried in the sun (unoxidized), leaving it with a subtle and delicate flavor that comes from the tea plant’s young leaves and buds. White tea aids in maintain healthy and youthful skin and helps to reduce premature aging!
Black: Black tea is the most processed of all teas. It is wilted in the sun, often crushed and fully oxidized, black tea is the most commonly consumed tea, usually as English Breakfast of Earl Grey, though it often serves as the basis of many chai blends. Black tea is known for its energy boosting properties!
Herbal: Herbal tea refers to any beverage made from the infusion of herbs, spirces, or other plant material in hot water. Astounding varieties from fruits and herbs blend with licorice, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and nettle are just slowly being introduced! Herbal tea are generally caffeine-free with countless positive effects.
Rooibos: Rooibos grows naturally in South Africa and makes a unique tea. Hot drinks such as red expressos, lattes, and cappuccinos are becoming more popular consisting of concentrated Rooibos served like coffee. Caffeine-free, high in antioxidants, and minerals, this tea has a soothing, mellow flavor.
Chai: Masala chai is India’s warming blend of Ayurvedic herbs and spices, often served steeped with milk and sweetened. There are now green, cacao, and caffeine-free dandelion varieties. Very easy to make at home with lots of cinnamon and very therapeutic too!
Dandelion: Dandelion is rich, dark, and smooth- a potent liver cleanser and caffeine-free coffee substitute. It is made from the roasted root of the dandelion plant!
Now you are a tea expert!
These are just some of the teas I have tried but definitely introduce me to your favorite ones!
P.S- photo does not belong to me!