Tea Buyer's Guide and Steeping Tips

A buyer’s guide to black, green, white and herbal teas, plus health benefits and brewing tips.

Studies show if you drink tea regularly, you may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and diabetes, plus have healthier teeth and gums and stronger bones. How? Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids. “True teas,” such as black, green, oolong and white teas, come from the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. What many of us call herbal teas, such as chamomile and rooibos, are actually tisanes or infusions. The differences in true teas result from how the tea plant’s leaves are processed: black teas are oxidized (exposed to oxygen) a few hours before rolling and drying, deepening their color, while white teas and green teas are simply steamed, rolled and dried. Think of oolongs as hybrids; their leaves are partially oxidized before drying.



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12/17/2011 - 10:16am

I was told (and it seems to work) that Green Tea is best brewed at a temperature of 180 degrees for 1 minute (initially). The easiest way to get this is to pour the boiling water into a ceramic container (another tea pot or a cup) and then pour that water over the green tea leaves.

To brew an additional cup pour 180 degree water over the wet leaves and immediately decant to your cup.


01/02/2012 - 1:31pm

I've tasted several coffees from around the world and found flavor in most but most are also expensive. I've been drinking coffee since I was ten and now 73 and I can always enjoy a cup of coffee anytime of day or any brand. The one rule I follow religiously from your suggested eleven is always clean your equipment. This will always gibe you a better tasting cup of coffee. I enjoyed your article and found it most informative but I don't think I'll be drinking any expensive coffees mostly because of price. I drink a lot of coffee and it would be expensive so I do the best with what I can afford. Thank you for you through and complete recommendations on coffee.
Geoge Guillot
PS One of my favorite ways to enjoy coffee is my grand dad's Christmas coffee. One shot of Southern Comfort to one six ounce cup of coffee. If you like a creamer, try egg nog. One or two cups at the most.


01/03/2012 - 9:19am

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