Frequently Ask Questions
What is tea?
Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.
Where is it grown?
Tea is mainly grown in Asia, Africa, South America, and around the Black and Caspian Seas. The four biggest tea-producing countries today are China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya. Together they represent 75% of world production.
Why do teas taste different from each other if the same plant?
All types of tea come from the same Camellia sinensis plant. The differences between teas arise from processing, growing conditions, and geography.
The Camellia sinensis plant is native to Asia, but is currently cultivated around the world in tropical and subtropical areas. With over 3,000 varieties, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water.
Tea can be divided into six basic categories:
Black, Dark (including puer), Oolong, Yellow, Green, and White.
What is an antioxidant?
Antioxidants are found in most fruits , vegetables and tea which prevent or inhibit the oxidation process.
What is the ORAC Test?
The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) assay is a method that measures the antioxidant capacity of a substance
Do Teas contain antioxidants?
All teas from the camellia tea plant are rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. ... Black and green both have different types of antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Thearubigins, epicatechins, and catechins are among those listed in a USDA chart. All are considered flavonoids, a type of antioxidant
What is the importance of PPP?
Pick, Process and Pack in 24 hours © is a Tea Manufacturer Guild criteria that ensures teas picked on the bush in the morning are made into a finished product and sealed in a airtight nitrogen flushed pouch. This prevents the oxidation process and keeps the tea and its antioxidant value as high as the day it was plucked.
What is the difference between green and black tea?
The difference between green and black tea is the manufacturing method. Black tea is withered, fermented, rolled and fired. Green tea is withered and steamed.
How many kilos of green leaf has to be plucked in order to produce one kilo of made tea?
It takes 4.5 kilos of green leaf to make a kilo of made tea.
How do climatic conditions and elevations affect tea?
The ideal climatic conditions play a major role in the success of the growth of tea.
Teas from High Elevations have more flavor and more antioxidants because the tea plant is closer to the sun and therefore shields itself from the harmful rays of the sun.
Polyphenols in tea give its flavor. Polyphenols are also antioxidants. Polyphenol development is enhanced under slow growing conditions. Higher elevation have lower temperatures, as such teas grown in higher elevation develop more Polyphenols and antioxidants than those from lower elevations.
How many kilos of tea is plucked in a day?
20 to 25 kg green leaf harvested by a plucker per 8 hour day.
How many leaves make up a kilo of freshly plucked tea leaves?
I Kg of freshly plucked tea ( green-leaf) consists 2000 to 3000 Two leaf with Bud ( shoots) units.