Celebrating Tea

Jan 20, 2011

Since January is National Hot Tea Month, its a great time to learn more about this ancient and increasingly popular beverage. For more than 5,000 years people have been enchanted with tea. From Tanzanian black tea to green tea from Chinas Hunan province, there is a great variety of teas available. Surprisingly, all teas (except for herbal teas) come from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the leaves of the tea plant are processed and their level of contact with oxygen actually determines the type of tea.

Types of Tea:

Black teas are withered, rolled, fully oxidized and dried.

Oolong teas are partially oxidized and feature leaves that are withered, rolled, partially oxidized and dried.

Green teas are not allowed to oxidize and their leaves are steamed, rolled and dried.

White teas are very rare and produced mostly in China via a process that lacks the rolling stage.

Flavored teas are usually black but could be any teas with flavor added.

Herbal teas are an infusion of leaves, roots, bark, seeds or flowers of other plants.

Learn more about tea here.

Although BUNN brewers are designed primarily for coffee, some people place tea bags in the funnel or carafe to make tea. Have you tried brewing tea in your BUNN? The new My Caf for Home pod brewer features a Pulse button to extract better flavor from tea pods and tea bags.

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