How about a nice cup of tea? Did you know tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water?
Tea comes from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Without harvesting its leaves, a tea tree can grow up to 52 feet tall! The classification of teas stem from the manufacturing process, resulting in three categories: fermented (black), unfermented (green), and semifermented (oolong or pouchong).
There may be some medicinal benefits to drinking tea, but at the very least, drinking tea can help deter dehydration!
Hot Tea Brewing Tips
Start with fresh filtered water if possible. Heat the water to boiling for all tea types. After the water comes to a boil, pour it over the tea.
Green tea: 1 minute
White tea: 7–10 minutes
Black tea: whole leaf 5 minutes, broken leaf 3 minutes, tea bags 1 or 2 minutes, flavored black tea 5 minutes
Oolong: 5–7 minutes
Rooibos: 5 minutes
Check out these library titles on the history, culture, and health benefits of tea:
The hot tea brewing tips above, came from this book. Find more helpful tips while enjoying a bit of history, and a cup of hot tea, with this fascinating read.
Find delicious tea recipes while reading about Lovell’s travels to find the perfect cup of tea.