Tea universe

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT TEA

All tea comes from the tea bush ‘Camellia Sinensis.’ It is a large bush or small tree with a slender, domed growth form. The world’s oldest tea tree will be in the Simao region of Yunnan. It is considered to be 1,700 years old, it is 20 m high and has a stem thickness of 1 m. The big difference to finished tea lies in the processing of the harvested tea leaves. This results in big differences in the finished tea – both visually, in terms of smell and taste. A distinction is made between two main varieties: Sinensis and Assamica.

Assamica has a larger leaf and becomes stronger, and is therefore often the one used in English Blend. It is grown in the Asia, Africa and South America.
Sinensis is a finer leaf and gives more aroma. It is cultivated in China, Japan and Ceylon.

The tea bush grows in acidic soil at altitudes from sea level to 2,500 meters above sea level. At high altitudes the bush becomes smaller and grows more slowly, but the quality of the tea improves. The plant is green all year round, and if you let it grow out, it reaches a height of up to 30 metres. Otherwise, the entire plantation is kept in bush form (approx. 1 meter), so that the pickers can easily pick the young shoots, and that the bush of this size makes new shoots. During the season, each bush can be picked approx. every 7 days.

THE TEA IN COLORS

White tea the completely fresh shoots on the tea bush, which are picked in early spring, before the tea bush begins to bloom.
Green tea is the tea that is formed by drying freshly picked tea leaves.
Black tea is green tea that is crushed and oxidized by the air. The oxygenation gives the tea leaves their characteristic black colour.

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