Frequently Asked Question about Chinese Teas
- Brewing Instructions – per 8 fl. Ounces
A: Cup method
Green/Yellow Teas: 2-3 mins. with water under boiling point (170-190*F)
White/Oolong Teas: 3-5 mins. with water under boiling point (150-180*F)
Herbs/Herbal Teas/Red Teas: 5-7 mins. with boiling water (190-209*F)
Black Teas: 3-5 mins. with boiling water (190-209*F)
B: Chinese Gongfu Way
Black tea: 3OZ/85ml Gaiwan, 194F, 7 steeps : rinse,5s,7s,9s,12s,18s,28s, 28s
Oolong tea:3OZ/85ml Gaiwan, 209F, 7 steeps : rinse,15s,25s,35s,45s,55s,75s,85s
Green tea: 3OZ/85ml Gaiwan, 176F, 5 steeps : rinse,50s,60s,90s,120s,150s
- How much caffeine does tea have?
It is quite difficult to gauge how much caffeine is in tea, because it depends on so many factors: the tea itself, how much is used in a cup and how long it is brewed. Below is a summary of caffeine in tea compared to cola and coffee.
Caffeine Content in an 8oz cup*
Coffee: 110 mg
Cola: 46 mg
Black Tea: 40 mg
Oolong Tea: 30 mg
Green Tea: 20 mg
White Tea: 15 mg
Herbal Tea: 0 mg
*Caffeine contents in tea averaged for clarity. Brewing times, brands, net weight, varieties etc. can affect these figures dramatically.
- What is the difference between White, Green, Oolong and Black tea?
All teas originate from the same botanical species, the Camellia Sinensis plant. Teas are categorized by the drying and oxidation process they undergo.
- White tea is the least processed – only being plucked and dried.
- Green tea undergoes a small amount of processing and is then steam or dry heated to stop oxidization.
- Oolongs (which cover a wide range of processes) usually have some physical manipulation done to them. In many respects, it is the most complicated tea to make, because the tea is only partially oxidized. That is like keeping a banana perfectly ripe (nature keeps it moving towards being overripe). However, the reward for all that hard work is tea with great body, and the most intense and varied aroma and flavors. It breaks down the cellulose within the tea leaf to bring out the flavors. Oxidation is between 10% to 75%.
- Black teas are fully oxidized. The tea leaf is cut and bruised, bringing out the various flavors nascent in the leaf. The “withered” and “rolled” leaves change color to brown, then black. This natural process is called oxidation and is similar to the ripening of a banana (from yellow to brown and finally becoming black).
After that all tea is dried, so that it can be shipped to great distances. Overall, the oxidation process is what changes the character of the tea and gives it more body.
- What is the best way to store loose leaf teas?
It is fresh air, oxygen to be specific, that robs the flavor from loose leaf teas. Store the teas in an air tight container away from moisture and direct sunlight. Don’t store teas in the refrigerator or freezer. The cooler temperatures are not helpful: there is moisture, and the delicate leaves will pick up strong odors from other foods in the refrigerator.
- I’m gluten sensitive – can I drink Organic Teas?
You can drink all flavors of the Organic teas, except for the Dessert Teas, because a very small portion (less than 1 gram) of barley (which is a gluten containing grain).
- What is the expiration date on your teas?
All the teas are no chemical preservatives or artificail flaver enhancers. They are natural and organic. Usually, they will last for about 2 years with bags. For some of the teas, like Da hong pao, if reserved in correct way. Storing them at room temperature, away from moisture, preferably in an air-tight container or tupperware and away from direct sunlight, the teas will be more and more valuable.
- Is it safe to give tea to my children?
While not presuming to advise, tea drinking has been and still is a family tradition in many areas of the world. The tea ceremony held while “at Grandma’s” is a fond memory of many in this country. The tradition of the “tea party” is still being passed down to the next generation of tea lovers, also. In general, it is considered safe to offer herbal teas (caffeine-free) to children, though we advise you consult your doctor before doing so.
- Where does your tea come from?
We are located in wuyishan which is the origin of wuyi rock tea oolong and lapsang souchong black tea, we have special tea garden and tea master to making tea. So all the teas from us are original teas. Natural, organic and healthy.
- Do teas have a high content of anti-oxidants?
All teas in general, whether black, oolong, green, red or white, contain polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants widely regarded to help improve th\e body’s defenses and suppress free radical activity. Certain herbs and fruits such as hibiscus, tulsi, cranberry etc. also contain a high level of anti-oxidants.
- Is it safe to drink teas during pregnancy?
The teas are organic and decaffeined, if with not much, that is no problem, but do not suggest.
- Do you have medicinal teas?
We do not have medicianl tea. But there are lot benefits to drink the chinese tea, like Inhibition of Cancer Cells Effect, Anti-caries Effect,Weight Loss Effect, Antibacterial and Antimicrobial Effects, Inhibition of Atherosclerosis Effect, The cardiac and antispasmodic effects, Diuretic Effect and so on.
- any of your teas contain sugar?
No, all our teas are made without adding sugar or artificial sweeteners,all then are organic natural taste.
- Can drinking tea help me lose weight?
Researchers have noted that most of chinese tea may work with other chemicals to enhance fat oxidation and thermogenesis, in which the body burns fuel such as fat to produce heat, thus leading to weight loss.
- Does tea have carbohydrates?
No, tea in its natural form (without added fruits, for example) does not have carbohydrates.
- What assortment of teas do I find in your Featured tea sample?
There will be tea sample for many types, like da hong pao, lapsang souchong, jin jun mei, yin jun mei, lao cong, shui xian, rou gui and so on. They are the sample to let you find the most suitable tea for you.
- Can caffeine content be removed by brewing once for 1 minute and then re-brewing?
There is no science on this method, but many claim that caffeine can be reduced by 50% using this method. Customers that are sensitive to caffeine should limit themselves to decaffeinated and herbal varieties.
- Are full-leaf teas better than tea bags?
Each type has its own benefits. Tea bags are offered in a bewildering variety and can have complex flavor profiles, which can’t be duplicated in loose-leaf blends. Loose-leaf varieties tend to have more subtle and complex characters, and are more likely to be enjoyed on their own.
- Do you offer gift wrapping services on gifts?
All our gift items come in friendly packaging designs, not requiring a gift wrap. And we securely pack your gift item in a shipping case to maintain the integrity of the gift.
- Do any of our teas contain GMO (genetically modified organism) components?
All our teas are from traditional bushes, organic and natural, no GMO.
- How do I store/preserve my organic teas and herbs?
Storage of organic teas vary based on the package format.
For bulk loose leaf teas/herbs, we recommend you store the tea in an air tight glass jar/canister away from light. Though you can store teas/herbs in plastic jars/canisters, we recommend against that method due to the interaction of some citrus blends with plastics (especially those made with cheap materials and petrochemicals).
For bulk unwrapped teas, they can be stored in its original packaging or also in glass jars/canisters, provided it is air tight and away from light.
For individually wrapped teas, we recommend you store them in its original packaging box since they are packaged to maintain a longer shelf life.
You may purchase glass jars (various sizes available) directly from us as well.
- Are your teas affected from environmental contamination?
Our tea garden is in rural areas and/or high altitude areas away from such environmental toxic contamination, and relying on nature for agricultural nourishment, balance and purity. So they are green food, natrual and healthy.