Before I tell you what specialty thee Well actually, I'll start by explaining a few basic concepts so we all know what it's about.
All teas (white, green, black and oolong tea) come from one and the same plant: the camellia sinensis. By using different oxidation levels during the production process, we can influence the taste of tea.
Most of us grow up with the small bagged “powdered” and fragrance-mixed version of this plant. We don't realize that because of this we miss out on the real aroma and taste experience that this special plant has to offer. And that is exactly where specialty tea comes into play.
Although there is no clear definition of specialty tea yet, we can look at the definition of specialty coffee, because it has been around for a while.
Specialty thee is:
1. Single Origin and Direct Trade. Knowing where you come from is knowing where you're going, isn't it? The more we learn about the process, workers and hard work it takes to drink one cup of tea, the greater our passion for tea grows. Direct Trade is the only acceptable form of business for us.
2. Loose leaves and purity.
Tea is classified in a complicated way and the process for making it can also differ from country to country. Because we don't want to overwhelm you with technical terms, we'll explain it simply:
Specialty teas must be pure and of loose leaves so that they can unfold in the cup and release all their natural aromas. In our nerdy moments, we like to watch the White Silver Needles Tea dance around in the glass when the tea comes into contact with water. Yes… we warned you…
3. in last but not least, specialty teas must have a high taste quality.
This aspect is probably the most difficult to determine, as we all have quite different tastes. Still, quality teas generally have more delicate notes, and you can taste simple, earthy ingredients, such as melon, berries, and vegetables. Some of you may even wonder if there really is tea in the cup.
And let's be honest, we are still trying to understand specialty tea ourselves. But one thing is certain: this is just the beginning of unleashing the potential of this diverse and interesting product. From Nepal to Sri Lanka and Kenya, every day we discover new gems, and we can't wait to take you on this journey.
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