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Organic hemp tea
Organic hemp tea
3,99 (€159,60 per kg)
Greek organic mountain tea - tea bags
8,40 (€420,00 per kg)
100pct. Greek mint
4,50 (€150,00 per kg)
Black tea Ostfriesen gold leaf blend
Black tea Ostfriesen gold leaf blend
3,80 (€38,00 per kg)

Tea: a versatile drink with a long tradition

Tea is one of the oldest and most popular drinks in the world. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis tea plant and offers a variety of flavors and health benefits. Whether green, black, white or oolong - tea is firmly anchored in many cultures and is enjoyed in many different ways.

The history of tea

As far as we know today, the history of tea goes back over 5,000 years and began in China. Legend has it that Emperor Shen Nong discovered tea when some tea leaves fell into his boiling water. From China, tea consumption spread to Japan, India and finally to Europe and the whole world.

Different types of tea

There are numerous types of tea that differ in taste, color and production:

  • Green tea: Unfermented and rich in antioxidants. It has a fresh, grassy taste.
  • Black tea: Fully fermented, strong and often malty in taste.
  • White tea: Minimally processed, delicate and light in flavor.
  • Oolong tea: Partially fermented, a blend of green and black tea with complex flavors.
  • Herbal and fruit tea: Not made from the tea plant, but from dried herbs, fruits and flowers.

The production of tea

The production of tea begins with the harvesting of the tea leaves. Depending on the type of tea, the leaves are then processed in different ways:

  • Withering: the leaves are dried to reduce the water content.
  • Rolling: The leaves are rolled to break up the cell structure and promote fermentation.
  • Fermentation: Oxidation of the leaves, which changes the color and taste (only for black and oolong tea).
  • Drying: The leaves are dried to stop fermentation and preserve the tea.

Tea and health

Tea is known for its health benefits. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and can strengthen the immune system. Black tea contains theaflavins, which can be good for the cardiovascular system. Herbal teas such as chamomile and peppermint can have a calming and digestive effect.

How best to enjoy tea

The way tea is prepared can have a significant impact on its taste. Here are some tips on how best to prepare it:

  • Water temperature: green tea should be brewed at around 70-80°C, while black tea can tolerate boiling water.
  • Brewing time: Green tea only needs 2-3 minutes, whereas black tea needs 3-5 minutes.
  • Freshness: Use fresh, filtered water for the best taste.

Popular tea blends and preparations

  • Earl Grey: Black tea flavored with bergamot oil.
  • Chai: Spicy blend of black tea, milk and spices such as cinnamon and cardamom.
  • Matcha: Powdered green tea traditionally prepared in Japan.
  • Fruit tea: Mixture of dried fruits and flowers, ideal for a refreshing iced tea.
  • Herbal tea: Tea made from dried herbs such as camomile, peppermint and hibiscus.