We have done a fair few blogs on coffee lately so now we want to turn our attentions to our other favourite drink, tea!
There are so many different types of tea (not just the one in the bag), here is our handy guide to main types.
Teas fall into roughly 6 categories:
- White: Wilted and unoxidized
- Yellow: Unwilted and unoxidized, but allowed to yellow
- Green: Unwilted and unoxidized
- Oolong: Wilted, bruised, and partially oxidized
- Black: Wilted, sometimes crushed, and fully oxidized (called ‘red tea’ in China)
- Post-Fermented: Green tea that has been allowed to ferment/compost (‘black tea’ for the Chinese)
There are then many different strengths and flavours within the above categories, let’s make it simple be talking about 3 different types today:
Probably the one most people have tried. English Breakfast, Darjeeling, us Brits love it. You can drink it on its own, with lemon, milk and/or sugar. Black Tea has a strong flavour as it is more oxidised than other teas. Mainly a western drink, it accounts for over 90% of tea sold in the west. It also contains the most caffeine, we do sell an awful lot of our Ceylon Decaffeinated. We have 9 different black varieties and 15 different flavoured teas from Irish Cream to Cherry Nice at Fresco, so step away from the norm and give one a try
Fruit teas are made from dried fruit, herbs and spices. In Fresco’s fruit teas you can see all the different ingredients and the smell is amazing. As the drink contains no caffeine and very few calories per cup they are for the health conscious and a great alternative for children. We actually sell a specific Fruit Tea for Children which is loaded with Vitamin C. Our 8 different Fruit Teas are a real step up to anything you might have tried before.
Green tea has been used in Chinese medicine for decades and is still very popular today. The leaves are rich in antioxidants and there are countless claimed health benefits to Green Tea. Green Tea contains folate, manganese, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, caffeine and many other antioxidants. Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. Here at Fresco we sell Green Tea and Flavoured Green Tea to really open out the types of Green Tea available to drink. Our personal favourite is Mango Tango Flavoured Green Tea
Next week we will cover some more types of tea, Herbal, Mate and Oolong