As you may know, tea originated in China but it wasn’t until the 17th century that it became popular in Britain and from then on it started spreading throughout the world. Nowadays we can enjoy almost every single type of tea wherever we are.

When buying tea keep in mind that there’s a difference between tea and herbal tea. Herbal tea refers to fruit and herb infusions that don’t come from tea plant, such as chamomile, rooibos or mint. Out of the six types of teas, the most popular ones are black tea, green tea, white tea and oolong.

If you are new to the world of tea, I recommend you start with green tea. It doesn’t have a strong bitter flavor and there’s a big selection of scented and flavored ones in case you don’t like it plain. You can also play it safe with black tea choosing the classic Earl Grey or English Breakfast.

Preparing tea is simple and fast. Just add hot water to dehydrated tea leaves or sachets, let it simmer for a couple of minutes and it’s ready! Sounds pretty easy, right? But the procedure has it’s tricky part. Not all teas need the same temperature or simmering time. I’ll give you a quick temperature/time guide for the different types of tea, this doesn’t substitute the indications you will find on tea boxes or advice given at the tea shop.

 

Tea Type

Quantity

Temperature

Time

Green Tea

1 tsp

175

45 sec – 1 min

Black Tea

1 tsp

195 – 205

2 -3 mins

White Tea

1.5 tsp

175

4 -5 mins

Oolong

1 tsp

195

3 mins

 

Protecting against cancer and helping you lose/control weight are some of the reasons why people have started drinking tea, specially the green and black one. The number of people drinking tea is constantly growing as well as the variety of appliances for preparing it. Pórtico, Siman and Tres Puntos have a wide range of products to choose from.

I love drinking tea, I can happily drink it all day long but as you may suspect doctors recommend not drinking more than four cups a day! So I force myself to drink only three cups. My favorite, the green one! I love it plain but I also love trying new flavors and combinations.

So give it a try, there’s a big selection at our local supermarkets and you can always do some research in advance before traveling and look for shops where you can find new varieties (I miss Camellia Tea Co so bad!). My final suggestion: next time you go buy a coffee try ordering a tea or instead of your regular drink at the restaurant pick a tea and enjoy!

– Marjie

Always ask your doctor first.

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