The full fermentation gives Black tea unparalleled complexity. By allowing each leaf to gently wither, curl and roll, rich robust flavor and dark red color is created, giving it less vegetal nuances than other teas. Black tea tastes delicious alone or with milk. Polyphenols/antioxidants contained in black tea aid in fighting harmful free radicals.
Different regions, botanical varietals, the seasonal harvest, the plucking type, and the method of processing create a variety of Green tea taste profiles. The freshly harvested tea leaves are quickly steamed, pan-fried, roasted, oven-baked or sun-dried to minimize oxidation from occurring and preserve the fresh flavor nuances. Green teas are rich in antioxidants, include the potent EGCG, and boost the immune system, promote weight-loss and support good health.
Our herbal teas (tisanes) are handcrafted blends of select high-quality organic fresh leaves, roots, flowers, fruits, spices, stems, bark and seeds that are often sourced from local growers. For thousands of years, many cultures throughout the world have identified the health benefits and healing power of herbal teas. Our modern lives benefit from these herbal blends to promote mental clarity and alertness, cleansing, digestion, revitalize energy, relieve stress, strengthen immunity and increase circulation.
For centuries, Oolong Tea has been prized in China. Oolong Teas are semi-oxidized and have characteristics between green tea and black tea.Only specific tea varietals create Oolong Teas, which undergo complex preparation of withering, bruising, roasting, rolling and baking to create the complex aroma, flavor and color. Depending on the duration of oxidation, season and style of roasting the color range from bright green to dark amber. Those cultivated in the Wuyi Mountains in China and in the central mountains of Taiwan are the most appreciated for their quality. Rich with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, Oolong Tea is touted for its powers to lower cholesterol and blood sugar, and promote weight loss. Oolong Tea contains less caffeine than Black Tea.
Pu-erh is the most revered and sought-after tea by tea connoisseurs. With a history of more than 2,000 years, Pu-erh Tea originating in the Yunnan province of southwestern China. Pu-erh tea is available as sheng (raw) or shu (cooked). Undergoing an ancient, intricate process of aging over an extended period of time, Pu-erh Teas are sometimes aged for several years. Depending on its age, Pu-erh Teas offer a complex array of flavor profiles of fruity, nutty, malty or earthy notes. Pu-erh teas are available as dense cakes or loose leaf. This aged tea is prized for its rich, smooth test and rounded body. As are wine vintages, Pu-erh teas are classified by region and year of production. Perhaps the most effective tea for weight loss, Pu-erh teas help improve digestion of oily foods, metabolize fatty acids, lower cholesterol and promote detoxifying of the bloodstream. Pu-erh is viewed as essential for daily wellness by Chinese.
Known as “African Red Bush,” Rooibos Tea is native to South Africa. Rooibos is one of the most valued botanical herbal teas in the world, offering bountiful health promoting properties. It is entirely caffeine-free, naturally sweet and fruity without bitterness. Full of potent antioxidants, vitamins C & E, iron, zinc, potassium and calcium, Rooibos is also known to promote skin health, relaxation, anti-aging and overall health.
Tender new leaves and buds create White Tea, which results in delicate and smooth flavor. White Tea is quickly and gently harvested before air-drying, thus the retention of nutrients remains high. White Tea is least processed of all teas and the lowest in caffeine and abundant with health benefits. Containing high concentrations of antioxidants and L-theanine amino acid, White Tea promotes longevity and boosts the immune system.
With origins in South America, Yerba Mate is a subtropical plant enjoyed for centuries for its invigorating effect while bringing calmness and focus. This nutritious tea, containing natural caffeine, is rich with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Drinking Yerba Mate from a hollow gourd with a metal straw still remains a common social practice in Argentina.