Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world after water. With so many varieties on the market, it’s important to note that there are actually only six different kinds of tea:- green, yellow, white, pu-erh, oolong and black teas. These different teas all come from the same plant known as camellia sinensis. The different tea types are created due to different processing methods.For example, black tea is highly oxidised, whereas green and white teas are only minimally processed. Taste and appearance differ greatly depending on the region it is grown, amount of rainfall, and processing methods. Even though oxidisation occurs in tea, it is still 100% natural – check the nutrition information just to be sure, as some teas do contain added ingredients for flavour such as bergamot for Earl Grey tea.
The less processed the tea leaf, the greater the amount of antioxidants. Green tea has more antioxidants than black tea, and white tea (the least processed of the teas) has the most antioxidants of all! The differing levels between all teas are quite minimal though.
Processing of black tea involves withering, rolling, fermenting and then firing the leaves, helping to preserve the tea for long periods of time. Originally, this process was used to prevent tea from rotting in containers when exported from China to the rest of the world. Great Britain, the United States of America and much of the rest of the world are accustomed to black tea for this reason, however the Chinese and Japanese still prefer the less processed green tea. The taste of green tea is often described as bitter and grassy.
Studies show that drinking tea has a lot of health benefits. It can help you in maintaining a healthy weight, but this must be combined with healthy food and regular exercise. This refers to tea without any additives such as milk, and excludes iced tea and sugary bottled drinks from the supermarket.
It is said that green tea may help keep your eyes healthy, especially tissue related to the retina. The antioxidants in white tea are highest, and studies show that this helps to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay by strengthening elastin and collagen. It also helps to keep your joints younger.
Black tea can help to reduce stress levels and lower high blood pressure. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months of black tea consumption lowered high blood pressure.
Studies have also found that the natural caffeine in tea may help in reducing the overall risk of diabetes. Tea can also make your heart stronger, but only when consumed alone (that is, without milk or other additives).
Green, white, yellow, pu-erh, oolong and black teas are all good for you – find a variety you like (hint: Alltime Tea) and keep drinking to reap the benefits!
Bulk / Loose Tea
For restaurants and cafes, our bulk loose leaf tea is available wholesale in a variety of sizes, from one kilogram up to ten kilograms.
Tea leaves are browned to bring out the flavour and aroma of the tea.
Light in colour but strong in flavour, its world renowed for its many health benefits.
Herbal teas are an infusion of herbs or spices, do not contain caffeine and offer many health benefits.