Yerba mate or just mate? Yerba mate (pronounced mah-tay) refers to the plant used to make the beverage mate, which is a traditional Central and South American drink. In Portuguese and Spanish, mate is never spelled with an accent over the “e” but this is often added in English-speaking countries to distinguish it from the … Read more What is yerba mate?
I love drinking tea and I love reading books: lovely, old-fashioned, printed on paper, put on a shelf, read in the bath, books. There are some beautiful and fascinating books about tea which contain a wealth of information not available anywhere else, not even on the internet. A little knowledge about the origins of tea, … Read more The best books about tea
One of the best-loved tea blends is jasmine tea. If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing a real treat. What makes jasmine tea so special is its blend of tea leaves with jasmine petals. The jasmine petals impart a delicate yet very aromatic fragrance to the tea. The jasmine petals impart a slightly sweet, delicate … Read more What Is Jasmine Tea?
Black tea is the most popular tea in the world. There is a huge variety of blends such Darjeeling and Earl Grey but this article will focus on your basic good strong black tea. Find out: What is black tea? Why drink black tea? Black tea and health Grades of black tea Tea bags or … Read more What is black tea?
Japanese green tea is a wonderful drink but there are so many varieties that we have put together this guide to help you better understand and enjoy it, plus our recommended suppliers for starting your tea journey. In this post: History Regions Growing and producing tea in Japan, season by season Varieties Our recommendations Favourite … Read more A complete guide to Japanese green tea
Tea is vulnerable to air, moisture, light, strong aromas and heat so needs to be stored correctly whether it’s in the form of loose tea or tea bags. The average kitchen suffers from all these problems so it may not be the best place to store your tea. Find out some important things to do … Read more How to store tea
White tea is the least processed of all the teas derived from the leaves of Camellia sinensis (the others being yellow, green, black, oolong and Pu-erh). The tea drink that results is usually a very pale golden colour. White tea is considered one of the healthiest teas, as it contains high levels of antioxidants such as catechins and … Read more What is white tea?
Pu-erh Tea, or Pu’er tea, is a type of aged or fermented tea made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, just like black and green tea. It is a speciality of the Chinese province of Yunnan, where it is known as “black tea”, and where what we in the West usually call black tea is … Read more What is Pu-erh tea?
Oolong tea is, like black tea and green tea, formed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. “Oolong” is the Anglicized version of the Chinese name, which translates as “black dragon”. In this post: Origins and history Oolong tea vs. black tea Varieties of oolong tea Brewing or steeping oolong tea Choosing and buying … Read more What is oolong tea?
In an earlier article, I answered the question “what is black tea?” In this article, I’ll explore a little of the huge number of regional variations on this one beverage. Varieties of black tea Although all black tea is essentially the oxidized leaves of the same Camellia sinensis plant, a number of factors influence the … Read more Single-origin black teas