Lapsang SouchongTea is the 2nd most drunk beverage in the world, next to water.

Tea has a long history as the “elixir for the immortal”. Many love tea as their daily refreshment, a way to connect body and mind internally and inter-personally.

So what is tea really?

“Tea” strictly speaking is referring to any liquid from brewing the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis.

Tea is grown in many countries – China, Japan, Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka are the well known tea production countries. Kenya, Vietnam, even New Zealand and Australia are now producing tea.

There are 6 tea types:

  • Black Tea
  • Oolong
  • Green Tea
  • Yellow Tea
  • White Tea
  • Pu-erh

Common tea types such as black tea and green tea are now serving in all corners of the world. While the “western” world is drinking more black tea, in the East side, green tea is more prominent.

Tea has caffeine naturally. Decaffeination will not ENTIRELY remove caffeine.

Other “teas” such as herbal tea like Ginger Tea, Mint Tea and Berry Tea are not tea to be exact as they don’t have the tea plant in the mix. Instead, it would be more correct to call them “infusion” or “tisane”, as they contain other plant components.

Tea is commonly sold in teabags and loose leaf form. Teas.com.au specialises in leaf tea. Here are some comparisons of tea bags and loose leaf tea.

Leaf Tea Tea Bag
thumbs_up_icon_sm Great tea aroma thumbs_down_icon_sm Lacks tea aroma
thumbs_up_icon_sm Great tea flavour thumbs_down_icon_sm Lacks tea flavour
thumbs_up_icon_sm infuser not a must, no taste barrier thumbs_down_icon_sm Tea bag material forms taste barrier
thumbs_up_icon_sm Enjoy tea in its original, true form thumbs_down_icon_sm Too much machine handling
thumbs_down_icon_sm Need more tea leaves to achieve the same strength thumbs_up_icon_sm Easy to make strong
thumbs_up_icon_sm Helps you to slow down thumbs_up_icon_sm Dunk and go
thumbs_up_icon_sm Easy to make (5 seconds?) thumbs_up_icon_sm Quicker to make (2 seconds?)
thumbs_down_icon_sm Washing tea infuser or teapot thumbs_up_icon_sm Less washing
thumbs_up_icon_sm Plenty of room to expand and release its flavour thumbs_down_icon_sm Limited space even with triangular teabags = limited expansion of tea leaves to release full flavour
thumbs_up_icon_sm Leaves can be used for multiple brews One hit wonder
thumbs_up_icon_sm Easy to carry around
thumbs_up_icon_sm Great compost for plants thumbs_down_icon_sm No teabag materials so far are totally compostable
thumbs_up_icon_sm Endless varieties: Mix and match your blend to your desired strength thumbs_down_icon_sm Governed by whatever is available in bag form

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