In preparing for our new Love Your Home line of products, LOVE YOUR TEA, we are educating ourselves. Follow along with us in our quest to know as much as we can about tea.

Share your own information about tea with us in the comments. Like I said, we are learning and welcome your ideas and knowledge of tea.

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  • Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia.  After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.

  • There are many different types of tea; some teas, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavor, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.

  • On an estimate, there are about 1,500 kinds of tea and there could be more. So you just don’t say “tea”. You have to be specific which of those 1,500 kinds you are referring to. And although there many kinds, they are only derived from six major varieties: white, yellow, oolong, green, black and post-fermented tea leaves.

  • Tea tasting is like learning to be a wine tasting connoisseur. It’s no easy job as you have to have a keen eye for tea leaves, a sharp taste for brewed teas, a sense of touch for the tea leaves and a keen smell to determine whether the aroma of brewed tea is good or not.

  • Teas don’t taste the same. Their taste would depend largely on the temperature and taste of water and the time they took to brew.

  • A pound of loose tea leaves can make more than 200 cups of tea.

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