About Tea

Tea Types

Here is some information on the different types of tea we offer and some instructions for brewing. The brew measurements are general. Feel free to experiment to find what is perfect for you. Be sure to check our blog often, we’ll be posting lots of new information there too.

White Tea

This low-caffeine awesome tea, is the most minimally-processed of all tea. White tea is made using the buds of the tea plant. They are not rolled or oxidized. White tea is quickly gaining popularity around the world, because of it containing even higher amounts of antioxidants than green tea.

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 175° for 2 – 3 minutes

Green Tea

Green tea is most popular in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, and it’s gaining popularity in North America. Green tea is processed without being oxidized, letting it retain its green color and slightly bitter flavors. A lot of the deserved hype around green tea is because of it containing antioxidants. It also has about half the caffeine of black tea.

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 175° for 2 – 3 minutes

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is fun to say. The name alone is what brings most people to try it, and the taste keeps them coming back. Oolong tea is produced much like black tea, but is stopped half way thru the fermentation process. This gives the tea a flavor between the richness of black and the tang of green. In many regions of the world, oolong is referred to as a weight loss tea, and is known for its many health benefits. It has a distinct flavor with caffeine content between black and green tea.

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 190° for 3 minutes

Purple Tea

Purple tea is fairly new on the scene. It was developed about 25 years ago in Kenya, to be a drought resistant tea plant. During the process, the plant became more concentrated with antioxidants than other teas. It is called purple tea, because the leaves of the plant are purple, not the traditional green. It is a unique tea to drink. It has more robust flavors than traditional teas, and can be brewed at different temperatures and times, creating different flavor profiles. Purple tea is rare and we are proud to be offering it. 

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 175° – 212° for 2 – 4 minutes

Black Tea

Black tea is the most common tea in the US. It is produced by setting out fully mature tea leaves and allowing them to wither. The tea is then rolled and allowed to oxidize and dry. The rolling activates the leaves’ enzymes and starts the fermentation process. The leaves are then dried in ovens, till they reach the commonly known dark color and thick aroma. Black tea has numerous health benefits, and contains about half the caffeine of coffee.

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 212° for 3 – 5 minutes

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate comes from South America, and is most popular in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It’s gained a ton of popularity in North America, because of its earthy taste and great benefits. It has less caffeine than coffee, but has a lot of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, giving you more natural energy. We’ve seen many coffee drinkers switch to yerba mate in the mornings.

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 212° for 5 minutes

Rooibos

Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is a powerful red tea made from a South African herb, and is rich in vitamin C. It’s often called “African Redbush Tea.” Because rooibos is not made from the tea plant, it is caffeine free. It’s a great substitute for people that like black tea, but don’t want caffeine. 

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 212° for 5 minutes

Herbal

When people think of herbal tea, they usually think of the health benefits these teas possess. What many don’t realize, is that “herbal teas” are not really teas. A true tea can only come from the leaves and buds of Camellia Sinensis, the plant that gives us black, purple, oolong, green, and white tea. Fascinating facts aside, caffeine-free herbal teas taste great! Herbal teas are made using various herbs and fruits, each blend having its own unique taste and benefits.

Brew: 1.5 tsp per 8oz water at 212° for 5 minutes