LOOSE LEAF TEAS
We offer a selection of over 30+ hand selected teas we think our customers will LOVE! Focusing on quality, not quanity and making concious efforts to choose teas that are Organic, Fair Trade and from Bio-dynamic gardens and estates all over the world.
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All Tea come from ONE plant - Camellia Sinensis
....yet there are many different varietals & cultivars of the plant. ALL tea is withered. Withering is moisture evaporating from the leaf. Following is a simplified explanation of production.
Green tea is picked then steamed to neutralize active enzymes. After steaming, the leaf is withered then manipulated to achieve the desired leaf finish, then steamed again or pan fired.
Oolong tea is basket tossed after withering. There is no steaming, as the enzymes need to remain active. Basket tossing bruises the edges & exposes the leaf’s enzymes to oxygen initiating oxidation. Oxidation is the process that results in the flavor profiles of Oolong & Black tea. After PARTIAL oxidation occurs, between 15% to 75%, the leaf is then pan fired.
Black tea is roll broken after withering; there is no steaming as the enzymes need to remain active. Roll breaking cracks the surface of the leaf exposing the leaf’s enzymes to oxygen initiating oxidation. Oxidation is the process that results in the flavor profiles of Oolong & Black tea. After FULL oxidation occurs, the leaf is then finished with forced hot air.
TISANES are not TEA (Camellia sinensis). Tisanes do not contain tea (Camellia sinensis). Tisanes contain HERBS, SPICES or FRUIT to create their flavor profiles. Most Tisanes are CAFFEINE FREE, that is NO CAFFEINE - NATURALLY!
What does Organic mean?
Organic farming gives the customer a delicious and authentic product that respects the natural cycles of plants and animals.
Organic products are better for you:
They are pesticide free.
They are free from GMOs.
Organic products are better for the environment :
They don’t pollute the soil (no pesticides or chemical fertilisers).
They produce fewer greenhouse effect gases.
They respect and promote biodiversity at every level.