The Chinese classify tea into six broad
categories, each category in turn being further classified
into numerous species and grades dependent upon the sub-species
of the tea bush, where it is grown, how it is processed and
what type of beverage it produces.
There are six categories of Chinese tea,
which include Green Tea, Black
Tea, Oolong Tea, Scented
Tea, White Tea and Compressed
Tea. Sometimes, a seventh category - Yellow
Tea is mentioned, but this is an exclusive tea type
often subsumed within the "White
Oolong teas are somewhat similar to
green and black teas in their production methods, and are
consumed without milk or sugar. These teas are extremely flavorsome
and highly aromatic, yet contain no additives. As with green
tea, the best oolongs are handmade, and deserve to be much
better known to Western tea drinkers.
to brew the perfect cup of tea
The perfect cup of tea is five easy
- Pour boiling water into a teapot
to clean and remove germs and odors.
- Put an adequate amount of tealeaves
in the pot.
- Pour boiling water into teapot
to unfold and clean tealeaves, then discard the water.
- Pour fresh boiling water over
the tea, and leave the tea to steep for about 2 minutes.
- Decant tea into cups and serve.
With more boiling water, tealeaves can be reused 3-7 times.
When making tea you should always smell
the tea's scent before drinking. This well allow for a rich
and satisfying tea taste. Remember that water quality has
a direct affect on the taste of tea.
Tea is one of the most popular, versatile
beverages around. Highly prized for its good taste, it is
also good for you.
The caffeine in tealeaves activates
brain cells and aids in the excretion of toxins, thus cleansing
After a meal, you should always drink
a cup of tea to eradicate food remnants and germs, which in
turn prevents bad breath. Furthermore, tealeaves supplement
calcium loss in the body.
Tea and Obesity
Acids in tealeaves help dissolve fat deposits that collect
on blood vessels, making it a healthy drink for overweight
Tea Kills Intestinal
Tea helps wash out any intestinal worms/parasites
resulting from the ingestion of raw and half-cooked food.
Tea and Cancer
Tea helps prevent cancer. Even though
there is no conclusive clinical evidence, it has been documented
that tea drinkers have lower cancer rates than non-tea drinkers.