Edgar’s Blog: What is Tea?

My Tea Range : Actually it is a range containing tea and herb infusions but for marketing sake I just called it all tea. The market here in the Netherlands does not make a distinction between the two.

What is real tea then? Real tea is an infusion from any leaf which comes from the tea plant, camellia sinensis. This tea can be green tea or black tea. The way the leaf is treated during production determines the colour, green or black. My range contains pure black tea (Assam) and a pure green tea (Sencha). Some of my green and black teas I have blended with some herbs, fruits and spices for example: masala chai, detox, green tea and fruit and oolong be strong.

The last group in my range of teas are actually the tisanes in which the blends are entirely made of herbs and spices and there is no “real tea” included at all. These are: ginger zinger, spiced lemon grass and nuts for nuts. This is good to know if you do not wish to drink caffeine or theeine (stimulants) that are found in all green and black teas from the tea plant camelia sinensis. Just one more thing when you drink tea the caffeine and theeine you consume are in very much smaller quantities than in a coffee. More about that in a later blog but just to give you an insight here are some numbers.

Type of coffee Size Caffeine
Brewed 8 oz. (237 mL) 95-200 mg
Espresso, restaurant-style 1 oz. (30 mL) 47-75 mg
Type of tea
Black tea 8 oz. (237 mL) 14-70 mg
Green tea 8 oz. (237 mL) 24-45 mg

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