Tea is also used to refer to the leaves themselves; and it is also the name of a mid- to late-afternoon meal in the British Isles and associated countries, at which tea (the drink) is served along with various foods.
Tea is a drink made by infusing leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis or Thea sinensis) in hot water.
What are the different kinds of tea and what makes them different?
The four main categories are white, green, black, and oolong. All three kinds are made from the same plant species. The major differences between them are a result of the different processing methods they undergo.
Black teas undergo several hours of oxidation in their preparation for market. Whereas oolongs receive less oxidation, and white and green teas are not oxidized at all.
Where does tea come from?
Tea has been an item of trade and tribute for at least three thousand years. It was first cultivated and brewed in China, and many of the best varieties still come from China. Some of the finest oolongs in the world are grown in Taiwan. Japan also produces a considerable amount of green tea, most of which is consumed domestically.
After the British took up tea drinking, they began cultivating the plants native to India in order to have more control over the trade. India, Sri Lanka, and other South Asian countries produce a large portion of the world harvest.
How much caffeine is in tea?
Per 8oz cup:
Black Tea: 45mg
Green Tea: 20mg
White Tea: 15mg
Yerba Mate: 50mg
Herbal & Rooibos: 0mg
Coffee contains anywhere from 60-120mg depending on strength.
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