There are many different types of tea with varying flavors, processing, preparation, and health benefits. The one characteristic that applies to every single category is the fact they are collected from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The differences discussed above develop from the geographical location of the plant, processing and preparation methods, and time of year the plant was collected.
The Different Types Of Tea
Some of the different types of tea are listed below to provide a brief summary of the differences and advantages of each one.
- White is less processed and much less caffeine than others providing a subtle flavor profile.
- Green is one of the more popular variations, especially within Asia, and it is used primarily for weight loss.
- Black variations are strong and fully fermented suitable for dessert-like combinations with chocolate and peppermint.
- Oolong is a Chinese derivative that is sweet and delicious with properties to improve thinking and alertness.
- Rooibos teas are actually from Africa with little to no fermentation for light taste and no caffeine.
- Herbal variations are produced from dried fruits, herbs, and certain flowers. Rooibos is actually considered within the herbal category.
- Mate is a bolder South American category.
- Blooming is a more artistic approach with strong scents and a beautiful blooming appearance that occurs during steeping.
- Blends are simply combinations of the different categories above to produce complex and complementary flavors.
While the excessive amount of different types of tea can be overwhelming; the best approach is to learn the various differences before stepping foot in the store to ensure that you have a firm understanding of the variety of health benefits and flavors. With this knowledge, you can be absolutely certain of the decision. Another great approach is simply buying the different options to sample the varying tastes and finding the one right for you.