Do you know the differences between black, green or white tea? If you are not sure, let’s dive in to see how different they are.
Regardless of the type, tea comes from the same plant, called the Camellia Sinensis plant. The only differences between teas come from how it’s processed, how they are grown and geographical location. If the tea leaves have been heavily oxidized, then they are darker or redder, and teas that are less would be lighter or greener in color.
1. Black Tea
If I am not drinking coffee in the morning, I would always go for my black tea, like the English Breakfast or Earl Grey. It’s the highest in caffeine level and is the best in the cold weather as my first beverage in the morning. It is robust and has a bold taste. It contains polyphenols that include catechins, flavonoids, and tannins. There is research that links health benefits to consuming flavonoids but there’s also talk that these results are not concrete enough to pinpoint in boosting our health. Though I think we all can agree to maximize the benefits of black tea, it’s best to be taken without sugar or heavy cream, if possible.
2. Green Tea
Green tea has received so much health coverage in the last years due to its antioxidants elements. Matcha has been so popular that we can see it in cafes, juices, smoothies places. It is said that it can prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease and boost weight loss. If you brew them at a lower temperature and not steep it for too long, it will produce more subtle flavors. For those sensitive taste palettes, you can detect its undertones and scents that might come with it.
3. White Tea
White tea, to me, is the most mysterious tea and so elegant. They can be so subtle but yet so complex in taste and smell. They do not go through any oxidation so they can be very light in color and depending on how long you brew it, it might not give you too much taste. It is usually very fragrant though and if you get the ones with flowers in it, the tea leaves are quite pretty. If you really want to have some tea before sleep, it is advisable to do herbal tea but for me, I reach out for white teas. I do not steep it for too long so I can get its lowest caffeine level.
If you have not explored all the different types of tea, why don’t you give it a try? See which one you prefer at a particular time or mood. Of course, there’s more than just these 3 categories. Read this article to find out about the others. I know that yellow tea is next on my list.
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