What is the difference between the tea types?
If you’re a tea lover or new to the world of tea, you might be wondering which is better - loose leaf tea or the a tea bag? Both have advantages and disadvantages and it really does all boils down to the flavour, quality, and freshness of the tea. Brewing loose leaf tea allows hot water to infuse every part of a high-quality, tea product, to produce the best sipping experience possible. The tea bag is designed to make tea drinking efficient, easy, quick and convenient, but it gives a lower-quality tea product that mostly produces a single tasting profile. Read more about the differences between loose tea and tea bags.
Black Tea - perfect in the morning
Black Tea has been the old time favourite amongst the UK tea drinkers. During its production process, black tea undergoes fermentation or oxidisation, producing dark tea leaves and imparting a rich full-bodied liquor with an astringent flavour profile. Black tea is strong in flavour and the caffeine content is around 47mg per cup. If you need a morning pick-me-up, An English Breakfast tea, Assam or Darjeeling is the way to go!
Rooibos Tea - Naturally caffeine free
Rooibos or Redbush is naturally caffeine-free herbal tea. Rooibos comes from South Africa and it is known for its various health benefits, including being an anti-inflammatory, and contain high levels of antioxidants. The teas are deep-red in colour with nutty and sweet flavour. It can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Herbal Tea - Enjoy the calming effects
Herbal teas are also caffeine free and have great calming effects. Herbal teas can be brewed like any tea by infusing the ingredients with hot water, but they are also great for use with cold brew infusions, making them perfect for the introduction of spring and summer months. Read more about Jasmine Tea, Peppermint Tea, Chamomile and Lemongrass Tea.
Green Tea - Rich in antioxidants
The green tea has gain popularity in recent years and it is far the most popular beverage in the Far East. It is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas. Green tea has subtle yet complex flavours, but also for its many health benefits and high levels of antioxidants.
Fruit Tea - Sweeten up your afternoon
Fruit teas are not made from tea leaves, making this tea different from any other tea. Fruit teas are made from different fruits, berries, bark, flowers or roots, and are naturally caffeine free. They are very refreshing and can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Chai Tea - Perfect for digestion
Chai Tea is traditionally a creamy tea and it's made with hot milk instead of water. In India, these teas are commonly consumed to aid digestion and create a sense of well-being. Chai Tea is also a great ingredient for desserts. The huge variation of chai recipes means the beverage can take on many different flavour directions depending on the ingredients used. Chai that’s heavy on the ginger and black peppercorns can leave a fire-y bite. Others containing more vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg may leave behind a sweeter note. Read more about Chai Tea.
White Tea - Deliciously creamy and full of antioxidants
White tea is very low in caffeine. It is rare, delicate, and delicious, white tea has been compared in flavour to honey, apricots, peaches, and chestnuts. It is subtle and mellow yet still clean and refreshing . White tea is known to be one of the most delicate tea varieties in the world because it is so minimally processed. White tea is harvested before the tea plant’s leaves open fully, when the young buds are still covered by fine white hairs, hence the name “white” tea. Learn more about White Tea.
Matcha tea - Versatile and super healthy
In Japan people have been consuming Matcha green tea for over 800 years, and due to its health benefits, versatility and unique flavour it is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world. Matcha green tea consists of a fine tea powder, made by stone milling de-steemed and deveined Camellia Sinensis leaves; a process that requires exceptional skills and patience. Whilst the traditional way to enjoy Matcha is as a tea, it is very versatile and can be used in lattes, juices, desserts and cakes. Read more about Matcha.