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Tea Classification - Tea is a perennial plant called Camellia Sinensis; a shrub native to the mountainous southwest region of China. Tea does not pollinate itself. It spread east & south by human cultivation, not by natural means.
It is cultivated differently depending on climate, geography, and process. Teas cultivated in eastern regions are short bushes with small leaves. Those grown in southern regions are tall trees with large leaves. Layering and cutting are the normal modes of cultivation. Teas are usually categorized into two types: Chinese (Variety Sinensis) and Assam (Variety Assamica). Its the method of processing that differentiates tea types into green, black, oolong et al.

Preparing Great Tea - The Basics

The difference in taste you can draw from tea if you follow these instructions will surprise you. They can make any tea tasting experience better.

Preparing Japanese Green Tea
Green tea is made from more mature tea leaves than white tea, and may be withered prior to steaming or firing. We have selected the most popular kinds of green tea still produced in Japan’s tea gardens and provided detailed preparation instructions.

White Tea Preparation
White teas are made from buds and young leaves, which are steamed or fired and then dried. Thus, white tea retains the high concentrations of catechins present in fresh tea leaves.

Preparing Other Types of Tea

Learn how to prepare a variety of teas to get the most out of them. Preparation instructions for Chinese tea, black tea, straight tea, tea bags, milk & lemon tea, herb tea, fruit tea, and iced tea are included.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony
Cha-no-yu, chado, or sado is a traditional ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism. Powdered green tea (Matcha) is ceremonially prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to guests in a tranquil setting.

The Chinese Tea Ceremony
The Chinese tea ceremony emphasizes the tea, rather than the ceremony -- what the tea tastes like, smells like, and how one tea tastes compared to the previous tea, or in successive rounds of drinking. Each step is meant to be a sensory exploration and appreciation.
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