White, Green & Black Teas
White, Green, and Black teas all come from the same plant. It’s called Camellia Sinensis. The tea type depends on how long the leaves are exposed to air. This is called curing. The darker the leaves determines the type of tea. Tea leaves also acquire flavor from the ground they’re grown in a lot like wine grapes do.
- White tea is a young leaf, hand picked in the morning. It is wilted and dried quickly without oxidation (being exposed to air). It’s low on the caffeine-o-meter.
- Green tea is a mature leaf hand picked in the morning. It is pan fired or steamed and also not oxidized. It has a little more caffeine than white tea.
- Matcha is the finest green tea. The plants are covered with shade cloths as they grow. The leaves are hand picked, steamed briefly, and then dried and aged in cold storage then they are stone ground to a fine powder. Matcha is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and detox properties. It’s also middle of the road on the caffeine-o-meter.
- Black tea is a fully oxidized mature leaf that is hand plucked and set out to wither before they are rolled and crushed then fired in an oven to stop oxidation. Black teas have the most caffeine of the three types.
- Oolong Is partially oxidized and rolled into tight balls or thin strands. It has as much caffeine as black tea.
- Pu’erh is fermented, oxidized, and aged. It also has the same amount of caffeine as black tea.
- Tea leaves and buds are hand picked and hand rolled. Steeped Tea teas are part of the Ethical Tea Partnership.
Calorie free, and some are caffeine free!
- TEA HAS NO CALORIES! WOOO! And it’s a natural source of antioxidants. AND you can brew some tea leaves more than once! This saves you monies!
- You can have latte teas. Who knew? Steeped Tea has seven latte varieties.
- Rooibos Tea is herbal and is made from the needle-ish leaves of a shrub from South Africa. It is completely and naturally caffeine free. And it’s delicious. We have several rooibos varieties in our house and love them all
- Herbal teas – there are a zillion types in the world. Steeped Tea has a bunch. They’re made with herbs, fruits, and spices. (also caffeine free
- Mate Tea – is from South America and has more caffeine than black tea. The ST catalog says it’s “caffeine rich.”
- Fruit Teas – Made with real fruit, you can drink them hot or iced. Right now I like them iced. They’re all delicious. Conner (my son) tried one the other day and said it was like drinking a cupcake.
- Veggie Tea – Who knew you could make tea from veggies (also herbs and spices)? You can also use these as soup bases. They’re fantastic to leave in the Infuser pitcher so the flavor keeps getting stronger. Yummm.
- Sangria – I never thought of Sangria as a tea type, but so it is. And it’s amazing.