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The West tends to think of Black Tea as “regular” Tea. In fact, it accounts for around 78% of global Tea consumption. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company stocks the best Black Tea around - as, hopefully, you’re about to find out. Each one - be it Loose Leaf Tea or Tea Bags - we pack fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory, ensuring quality and consistency. Learn more below.
Black Tea Leaves come from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant. This is the same home as Green, White and Oolong, the difference between each type occurring at the factory. The infusion you’ve chosen here undergoes the most processing, whereby workers fully oxidise it. The result is oxygen particles interacting with the cell walls of the leaves, turning them darker and darker until they’re brown or black.
The Tea’s characteristics upon brewing, too, change following oxidation. It often boasts a distinctly malty flavour with smoky or even fruity undertones. However, it might depend on which Black Tea variety you buy. Some will taste full-bodied, while others will be light on the palate. Some could be sweet and refreshing compared to others that provide a bold astringent note. The possibilities are almost endless.
No two types of Black Tea will be the same. Chinese Black Tea is, perhaps, the most famous as it was in China that it all began. A popular choice from the country is Yunnan Tea, though there is also Keemun Tea and the iconically smoky Lapsang Souchong. Likewise widespread is Pu erh, which has undergone post-fermentation, and then, of course, there is Earl Grey - a Flavoured Tea.
But China isn’t the only producing nation. Across the border is India, which is best known for its Assam and Darjeeling Tea. Meanwhile, the Palk Strait is the body of water that separates India from Sri Lanka (once called Ceylon), where Ceylon Tea has long been a staple. In the opposite direction, travelling northwards, is Nepal and Gurkha Tea. And there are other Southeast Asian countries with their own types.
How does Loose Black Tea compare to its older counterpart, Green Tea? It depends on your perspective. The fact that Green Tea has undergone only minimal processing means that it retains much of its natural chemical structure, including its potent antioxidants. While Black Tea also has antioxidants, these appear lesser when it comes to their offering health benefits. But they nevertheless have potential.
Theaflavin and thearubigin are two constituents to remain in Black Tea in high quantities - even after processing. Both can combat free radicals in the body, the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation. Human oxidation is different from oxidation in Tea as it can increase the risk of numerous chronic conditions. Consuming Black Tea, on the other hand, reduces the risks.
It’s also worth noting when examining Black Tea vs Green Tea that the former has more caffeine than the latter. This stimulating chemical compound provides an energy boost in your cuppa, helping you to start your day the right way. The average serving of Leaf Black Tea Bags contains 45-mg of caffeine, which is the most you can expect in your brew unless you choose Fresh Coffee.
You might now be wondering, “How much Black Tea is too much?” Caffeine overconsumption can lead to side effects such as jitteriness and sleeplessness, which is why you should monitor your intake. Any more than five cups could lead to issues, although it tends to differ from person to person. The flip-side is that, when enjoyed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, it could provide Black Tea benefits.
You know already that it serves as a preventative measure against several ailments. However, there is much more to discover. What is Black Tea good for apart from slowing oxidative stress? Studies indicate that, among other qualities, it promotes weight loss, boosts immunity, aids digestion and enhances cognitive function. And we’re still not finished showcasing its value.
A Swedish-US collaborative study, for example, established that Black Tea Benefits, regardless of the type, maintained oral health. Others have noted that topical application could stimulate hair growth. Even those with high cholesterol will realise that frequent consumption can counteract its effects. The bottom line is whatever you’re looking for from your new favourite beverage, you’ve undoubtedly found it.
Brewing Loose Leaf Black Tea is relatively straightforward, despite what some people tell you. While the easiest option is to buy Tea Bags, following the guide below will almost certainly make things simple. All you’ll need is either a Tea Filter or Infuser - as well as, of course, the Tea itself. Once you have these items on hand, you can begin with the instructions here:
1, Put Loose Tea in a Filter or Infuser.
2, Place the Tea-filled accessory in a cup.
3, Boil water and pour it over the leaves.
4, Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider having Milk or a Milk Alternative for Tea, sugar, honey or lemon.
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