November 12, 2009 – 11:15 am
This is an excerpt from my recently released “A Beginners Guide to Loose Leaf Tea” – for more information about this topic, and more, you can download the guide for free on our website: TeaFrog – A Beginners Guide to Loose Leaf Tea.
Chapter 2 – Black, Green White, Red… HELP!
90% of new loose leaf tea initiates are switching because they have heard about the benefits of green tea. Green tea has become the poster child for health in the last few years. It fights cancer, lowers cholesterol, re-grows limbs, and solves world peace, one cup at a time. Well, maybe not all of that, but given the frenzy of media attention that it has received, you would think that it does all of that and much much more!
The truth is that it is not just Green tea that is good for you. Any kind of tea is better for you than, say, a cup of coffee.
I should start out by defining what we mean by tea when we refer to it. Tea is a term that is widely thrown about. Herbal tea, Rooibos Tea, Black Tea, White Tea, Green Tea, Fruit Tea, etc. You will hear all of these terms when people are talking about a brewed or infused concoction. The scientific fact of the matter is that there is really only one true tea – and that is an infusion or brew made out of the Camellia Sinensis plant.
There are different KINDS of Camellia Sinensis teas – Black, Green, White, Oolong, Red, and Yellow for instance, but when you are referring to what a TEA is, it can only consist of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Other infusions are properly referred to as “Tisanes” – whether that is a Herbal Tisane, a Fruit Tisane, or Rooibos Tisane, or some other type of Tisane.
While that may be the scientifically accepted method of defining tea, you will still catch me referring to fruit TEA, or Rooibos TEA – but just be aware, that when we are talking about different coloured teas, we are generally talking about the Camellia Sinensis plant type of tea.
So what is the difference between the different “colors” or types of tea? Generally it is a difference in the way that the tea is processed. I will review each of the main types of teas, and their processing below….
This is just a small sample of what you get in my 25 page FREE Beginners Guide to Loose Leaf Tea – read more on the different types of tea, tea and your health, how to make loose leaf tea, and much much more! It is FREE and you can download it now: A Beginners Guide to Loose Leaf Tea.
Once you have read it, be sure to let me know what you think!