Teas: Why and How You Should Drink Them Shiran Weber
You Will Learn… • About various types of tea • Why you should drink them • How to prepare them • Why one should drink loose leaf tea rather than teabag tea
Camellia sinensis • All regular tea is made from this plant • Made from steeping the leaves, buds, or twigs in hot water for several minutes • 4 basic types: • Black tea, oolong tea, green tea, and white tea
Black Teas • Most heavily processed tea, goes through the highest amount of oxidation • Contains the highest amount of caffeine (20% of a cup of coffee) • Great for preventing heart disease and stroke, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol • Steep about 3-4 minutes
Oolong Tea • Second-most processed tea • 10-15 percent of the caffeine of coffee • Good for digestion, weight loss (speeds up metabolism), skin, and teeth. • Steep about 3-4 minutes
Green Tea • Tea that has gone through minimal oxidation • Usually contains about 5-10% of the caffeine of coffee • Polyphenols may help prevent cancer. Boosts immune system and regulates blood sugar levels • Steep in less than boiling water for about 1-2 minutes
White Teas • Least processed of the teas, plucked as baby tea leaves, then dried • Contains the least amount of caffeine out of all the teas (1-2%) • Has the most antioxidants out of any of the teas • Great for skin, anti-aging properties, may help prevent cancer
The Real Gist • Tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world (second only to water) • Tea has been shown, for thousands of years, to help many ailments that affect mankind • Real tea drinkers will almost never drink from a teabag. Teabag teas are considered “bottom barrel” teas and leave a distinct papery taste that is an affront to true tea flavor.