The earliest records of brewing tea originate from China some 4,700 years ago. Although there are many different brews and herbal concoctions that carry the label of "tea", the only true teas, white, green, oolong, black, and pureh, all come from the Camellia sinensis, a shrub grown in China and small areas of India (assam, ceylon, and darjeeling teas). The only difference between white, green, oolong, black, and Pureh teas is how the leaves are processed once harvested.
Tea has always been renowned for its health benefits. One of the most well known benefits of tea is that it contains high amounts of antioxidants. The most potent of these, known as ECGC, may help against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries. Tea is also said to help eliminate bad breath, promotes healthy tea and gums, boost the immune system (some teas have very high concentrations of vitamin C), and help increase one's metabolism. In fact, some teas, like Wu Yi, are well known for their benefits of increased metabolism and as an appitite supersant, and are often used a diet suppliments. Not mention that a cup of brewed tea is calorie free. Tea also contains caffeine and theanine, both known to help with mental alertness and focus. The poly-phenols present in a cup of tea also slow the absorption of caffeine, which helps extend the effects over longer periods of time.
Like the coffees offered by Mean Cat Coffee, I look for the same high quality and sustainability in the the teas that I sell. The offerings are artisan and rare single orign (originating from one farm or small area) teas sourced from family farms, farmers in China, or from small markets and specialty tea cpmpanies. They are chosen for their high quality and unique flavors. Most are hand processed, many times by farmers whose family have been growing tea for generations, offering unparralled knowledge and skill in production the world's finest teas.
All teas offered are organic.
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