We like to think that our teas are not just teas. Our teas tell stories. Stories from all over the world. From places we have seen, from the people, we have met in them and from all the cultures we have come to discover.
What is tea?
The story of tea all starts with a special seed, growing to become a beautiful small tree. Or bush. Or a plant. Tomato/tomato. Thing is, it is, in fact, a fairly beautiful piece of nature but the most intriguing thing about this little evergreen called Camellia Sinensis is that it’s the genesis to all teas in the world. That’s right. All types of tea derive from this specific plant which originally only grew in Asia but has whilst been cultivated in other tropical areas around the globe. Which makes sense, since tea is the second most consumed drink in the world. Winner by a mile, if you leave water out of if the equation. And tea has been around for millennia. It has long been recognized for its numerous powers and benefits to body and mind, from the antioxidants in green and white tea to the powerful characteristics and aromas of black tea blends.
So, now you know that whatever infusion you may enjoy or come to discover if it contains leaves from good old Camellia, you may call it tea. Otherwise, you may not (but we won’t judge you if you do). What type of tea eventually comes from those leaves obviously depends on a bunch of variables but it can be divided into six basic categories: Black, Oolong, Dark, Green, White and (pretty unknown to most people) Yellow Tea. For our organic tea blends, we have used the black, green and white versions, which we combined with heaps of delicious herbs, fruits, flowers and exclusive fragrances.
From the moment a young leave on the Camellia Sinensis is growing, it’s exact journey to becoming tea is almost impossible to predict. What kind of tea it will eventually produce and what will be poured into cups and glasses throughout the world depends on processing, growing conditions, geography and origin of that single leaf. Through careful selection of its best leaves and delicate processing, tea ultimately abounds in colours, taste and lavish fragrances. Every type of tea has its own unique signature.
The process of making tea is a delicate one and it requires patience and devotion. It takes no less than seven consecutive steps before you can start enjoying (or packing and shipping) your desired tea! We broke it down for you:
- Cultivation of….: exactly, the Camellia Sinensis
- Trimming: every tree, bush or plant needs its occasional hairdo to prosper
- Plucking: harvesting the leaves (this can be a very calming, nearly meditative process, try it sometimes!)
- Withering: the leaves (no matter what type of tea you desire) need to be dried in open air
- Rolling: twisting the leaves (by hand or mechanical) releases their enzymes and juices
- Oxidation: used for black and dark teas. It exposes the leaves to oxygen for as long as needed (up to 3 hours) by spreading them out evenly on large trays that supply enough air flow
- Heating: heating (or firing) the leaves with hot air stops the oxidation process and makes them ready for sorting, cutting and packing.
Our take on tea
Ok, these were just the plain physics. We found out that once tea becomes a brew, entire new worlds appear behind the rich infusion in your glass or cup. Worlds full of stories, culture, harmony and friendship. And that is what matters to us most: discovering stories, creating harmony and seeking friendship. Tea opens a nearly boundless world of imagination and opportunities. A world we plunged headfirst into.
Tea offers a vast world of combinations for our taste buds. We found out that, like wine, tea is absolutely perfect to accompany you on all your culinary travels and adventures. Have you ever tried tea with strong and bold French cheese? Or with spicy, savory dishes? We sure hadn’t. But it makes so much sense! All the specific tastes and fragrances tea has to offer, from utterly subtle to plain bold, are meant to be paired and experimented with. Each tea infusion’s delicacy reveals itself optimally when you take their intended brewing temperature and infusion time into consideration. And why not skip the good old mug for a change, and pour and serve a beautiful tea or tisane in a fine glass: it really lifts the taste and the occasion!