Did you know that all tea is produced from a plant called Camellia sinensis? There are thousands of different varieties of teas available in the world. They vary by the region it was grown, the time of year picked, and the processing method. Tisane and Herbals do not contain the Camellia sinensis plant and are usually caffeine free. Rooibos comes from the Rooibos plant otherwise known as Aspalathus linearis and is also naturally decaffeinated.
Green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originated in China, It is the most popular type of tea. This is mainly because in Asia this type of tea is the most chosen tea. Some loose green teas can be infused with flowers, fruits, or have added flavors like cinnamon and vanilla.
Oolong Tea, also known as wu long tea, is full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance and sweet aroma. Most people commonly recognize oolong tea as the Chinese tea served in Chinese restaurants.
Black Tea is the tea most people know since you likely grew up dipping tea bags of black tea in your cup (or enjoyed this tea from an iced tea pitcher in the South).
White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. This loose leaf tea brews a light color and flavor.
Herbal Tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Herbal teas can be broken into three categories: rooibos teas, mate teas, and herbal infusions. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. They can be delicious hot or iced.
Rooibos Tea, or red tea, is made from a South African red bush. Rooibos can be red or green. The red Rooibos leaves are bruised and oxidized, while the green Rooibos leaves are specially treated to prevent oxidation, leaving them closer to their natural state. Rooibos teas can be delicious hot or iced.