While we in the West typically enjoy black teas on a daily basis, throughout the East, green tea is the staple beverage of choice. And why not? In recent years science has shown green tea to be high in antioxidants and a boon to people suffering from a number of ailments. What's not to love?
Sample our selection of China (Jasmine, Classics and Regional Specialties), Japan, Vietnam, Kenya, Malawi, Taiwan and English Favorite greens.
Matcha is vibrant green in color and possesses many healing properties and health benefits along with a smooth, savory flavor. By consuming the entire tea leaf, Matcha contains far more nutrients and antioxidants than all other teas and studies have shown it lowers cholesterol as well as the risk of liver disease.
Furthermore, Matcha contains a unique amino acid called L-theanine, which helps the body stay energized and the mind stay alert
Rooibos has been getting an amazing amount of press recently. As people begin searching for healthy alternatives to soft drinks, rooibos, with its polyphenols, iron, zinc, fluoride, calcium and magnesium fits the bill.
Enjoyed in South Africa for centuries, rooibos was first made available to Westerners by a Russian émigré named Benjamin Ginsberg. He recognized that its beneficial properties and wonderful taste made it an excellent caffeine free alternative to traditional caffeinated teas. We agree!
Herbal tea, or tisane, is any beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine. These drinks are distinguished from caffeinated true teas (black, green, white, yellow, oolong, etc., which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis)
The first known instance of herbs being collected for the purpose of ingesting them took place 60,000 years ago. So raise a cup to the past! Or, use our herbals to concoct your own custom tea blends.
In addition to the high polyphenol count and numerous health benefits, White teas are considered by some to be the purest in the world. Spring buds are plucked, dried and sorted - no pan firing or steaming, no fermentation, just pure tea.
Traditionally these teas are grown on small freehold plots - some growers produce only a few hundred pounds per year. Our trusted relationships with finished leaf manufacturers ensure that we're able to secure quantities of even the rarest whites.
In China and other parts of Asia, black tea is often called red tea. Many incredible varieties are crafted, each with their own unique profile, cup and style. The search for reputable producers that adhere to our high food safety, environmental and social standards, make our annual visits an essential part of doing business. Along the way we taste a lot of tea and here you'll find some of our more interesting finds.
Take a voyage through the raw smokey depths of Lapsang to the jammy sweetness of Golden heaven Yunnan - expand your world and taste buds!