black tea

What Is Black Tea? 

 Black Tea

It’s strong. It’s bold. It’s rich. It’s the most brew-tea-full way to set your day up for success. It’s black tea, of course. From English Breakfast to Earl Grey to Chai, it’s as versatile as it is delicious. And on today’s blog, we’re going to discuss all the different ways that a good cuppa can actually benefit your health! 

Black tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. This is the same plant whose leaves make green, white, and oolong tea as well! The manner in which the leaves are treated affect its flavour. In Black Tea’s case, the leaves are oxidised, which means that they are purified in oxygen-rich air. This contributes to black tea’s notoriously strong flavour and it’s long shelf life as well! 

Most of the Camellia Sinensis plants in China are used to make green and white teas. Meanwhile, the Assamatica variety in warmer climates is responsible for producing black tea. It’s native to the Assam district of India, and India actually produces half the world’s black tea! Since tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, that is a lot. Sri Lanka and Africa also make up a large portion of the production. 

We’ll be talking about all the types of black tea below — there are a world of ways to enjoy this popular beverage! Hot, iced, and with Cream and Sugar. A slice of lemon and honey. Ginger and orange. Even with a splash of your favourite whiskey, if you’re feeling festive! And for a classy spirit, impress your friends with our Duke of Earl Grey Martini recipe! 

black tea

Brief History of Black Tea 

The first tea was discovered in the tas-tea-est accident in history. A Chinese Emperor, Shen Nong, was boiling water under a tea tree when leaves fell into his brew! He tasted the beverage, and just like that, tea was invented! Shen Nong discovered this green tea almost 5,000 years ago, but black tea wasn’t developed until the 1600s. People were experimenting with how to preserve tea, since it was a powerful trading tool. They created black tea through fermentation and oxidation. This process kept its freshness and flavour much longer, perfect for trading! 

Black tea used to be pressed into bricks to be traded more easily. These bricks were actually used as a form of currency in Mongolia, Tibet, and Siberia in the 1800s! In 1823, the Assamica variety of Camellia Sinensis was discovered in the Assam region of India. This was a more tropical version of the plant. I had larger leaves and a bolder flavour that suited the hearty black tea. English settlers began planting tea gardens in India’s Darjeeling region as well. They exported both varieties of black tea back to England. Soon, it was in high demand. And today, this is the most popular variety of tea around the world! 

Types of Black Tea 

Sweet or spicy? Fruity or full-bodied? No matter what you like, there is definitely a variety of black tea that will tickle your taste buds! If there’s one thing black tea excels at, it’s versatili-tea. There is truly a world of flavours available! 

black tea

Brew-Tea-Full Morning is our traditional whole leaf English Breakfast blend. It’s made with robust malty Indian Assam, light citrusy Sri Lankan Uva and rich Chinese Yunnan! This is delicious on its own, of course, but it also tastes tea-lightful with a splash of milk and sugar! With three types of black tea bringing the buzz, it will prepare you to face any challenge. It won’t make Monday go away, but it will make it less painful! 

black tea

On A Chai High is our eastern-inspired Chai Latte blend. This is a rich and decadent tea with zingy, warming undertones. It has a special blend of cinnamon, cardamom, black peppercorns, chili, and ginger. Add a splash of milk and a sprinkle of your favourite spices to turn this brew into a delicious latte! And while a warm cuppa will have you sky-high on a cold winter’s day, it tastes just as excellent over ice. 

herbal tea

Duke of Earl Grey is a light yet stirring blend for the poshest of royal-tea. It has whole leaf Sri Lankan Uva Black Tea and decadent bergamot. These deep, robust flavours are accentuated by refreshing citrus notes. And don’t forget the sprinkle of blue cornflowers in our one-of-a-kind blend! Because of the flavourful bergamot, this tea pairs well with a slice of lemon or orange. it’s no surprise this varie-tea has become a quintessential British beverage! 

tea

Life is Peachy combines whole leaf Sri Lankan black tea with the juiciest of peachy goodness! Freeze-dried peaches bring a full fruity flavour to each brew. And it also features apple pieces, rose hip, hibiscus, cornflowers, and a hint of orange peel! This summery blend will whisk you away to blue skies and sunshine in each sip. We recommend enjoying it hot (no milk) or on the veranda with plenty of ice. Life is Peachy is a summer picnic in a cup. 

tea peach

Teas the Season is our seasonal blend that brings a taste of Christmas cheer throughout the year. First, it has ho-ho-wholesome Sri Lankan Black tea. Then, add sweet and spicy cinnamon and aromatic cloves. That’s not all! Each brew has hibiscus, apple, rosehip, and orange peel. And there’s cranberry, vanilla pieces, morello cherries, blackberry leaves, and lime leaves, too! This brew will put a jingle in your step no matter the time of year. 

tea

If you love the robust flavours of Black Tea, but you aren’t keen on caffeine, we have the perfect brew for you. Buzz Free Blend preserves the rich taste of breakfast blends with none of the caffeine. This way, you can enjoy all of the deep flavours of Sri Lankan Black Tea without the buzz! 

 Is Black Tea Good For You? (Benefits) 

Black tea is a natural way of consuming caffeine. This enhances mental alertness and increase your attention span. The caffeine is combined with L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea leaves. L-Theanine modulates brain functions and human attention processes. But besides providing energy and focus, black tea has a rich blend (no pun intended) of other benefits as well! 

Polyphenols are micronutrients found in black tea. These are known for being able to help fight cancer cells in the body. In this manner, black tea can be used as a preventative way to reduce the risk of developing cancer. In fact, black tea has been linked to reduced risk of cancer, and in assisting to reduce tumors as well. 

Tea

Polyphenols are also associated with decreased risk of chronic disease. The antimicrobial properties in black tea also improve gut health and immunity. Polyphenols may also reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.  

Much of the research involving Black Tea is still in its preliminary stages. Scientists have started studying the effects of long-term consumption of black tea. They found that it lowered blood pressure and reduced the risk of stroke as well. 

Black tea is full of beneficial antioxidants. Drinking black tea on a regular basis is a great way to incorporate these rich nutrients into your diet. For instance, one study found that drinking three cups of black tea per day reduces the risk of developing heart disease by 11%! So you can enjoy the full-bodied flavours of the world’s most popular drink while sipping your way to glowing health as well! 

Don’t be Chai — reach out and contact us! We love hearing from our Leafy Bean Co. Communi-tea. And for more tea-rrific content, feel free to check out our info page. It’s full of recipes and fascina-tea-ing facts about t-e-a! 

 

What Is Black Tea? 

 Black Tea

It’s strong. It’s bold. It’s rich. It’s the most brew-tea-full way to set your day up for success. It’s black tea, of course. From English Breakfast to Earl Grey to Chai, it’s as versatile as it is delicious. And on today’s blog, we’re going to discuss all the different ways that a good cuppa can actually benefit your health! 

Black tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. This is the same plant whose leaves make green, white, and oolong tea as well! The manner in which the leaves are treated affect its flavour. In Black Tea’s case, the leaves are oxidised, which means that they are purified in oxygen-rich air. This contributes to black tea’s notoriously strong flavour and it’s long shelf life as well! 

Most of the Camellia Sinensis plants in China are used to make green and white teas. Meanwhile, the Assamatica variety in warmer climates is responsible for producing black tea. It’s native to the Assam district of India, and India actually produces half the world’s black tea! Since tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, that is a lot. Sri Lanka and Africa also make up a large portion of the production. 

We’ll be talking about all the types of black tea below — there are a world of ways to enjoy this popular beverage! Hot, iced, and with Cream and Sugar. A slice of lemon and honey. Ginger and orange. Even with a splash of your favourite whiskey, if you’re feeling festive! And for a classy spirit, impress your friends with our Duke of Earl Grey Martini recipe! 

black tea

Brief History of Black Tea 

The first tea was discovered in the tas-tea-est accident in history. A Chinese Emperor, Shen Nong, was boiling water under a tea tree when leaves fell into his brew! He tasted the beverage, and just like that, tea was invented! Shen Nong discovered this green tea almost 5,000 years ago, but black tea wasn’t developed until the 1600s. People were experimenting with how to preserve tea, since it was a powerful trading tool. They created black tea through fermentation and oxidation. This process kept its freshness and flavour much longer, perfect for trading! 

Black tea used to be pressed into bricks to be traded more easily. These bricks were actually used as a form of currency in Mongolia, Tibet, and Siberia in the 1800s! In 1823, the Assamica variety of Camellia Sinensis was discovered in the Assam region of India. This was a more tropical version of the plant. I had larger leaves and a bolder flavour that suited the hearty black tea. English settlers began planting tea gardens in India’s Darjeeling region as well. They exported both varieties of black tea back to England. Soon, it was in high demand. And today, this is the most popular variety of tea around the world! 

Types of Black Tea 

Sweet or spicy? Fruity or full-bodied? No matter what you like, there is definitely a variety of black tea that will tickle your taste buds! If there’s one thing black tea excels at, it’s versatili-tea. There is truly a world of flavours available! 

black tea

Brew-Tea-Full Morning is our traditional whole leaf English Breakfast blend. It’s made with robust malty Indian Assam, light citrusy Sri Lankan Uva and rich Chinese Yunnan! This is delicious on its own, of course, but it also tastes tea-lightful with a splash of milk and sugar! With three types of black tea bringing the buzz, it will prepare you to face any challenge. It won’t make Monday go away, but it will make it less painful! 

black tea

On A Chai High is our eastern-inspired Chai Latte blend. This is a rich and decadent tea with zingy, warming undertones. It has a special blend of cinnamon, cardamom, black peppercorns, chili, and ginger. Add a splash of milk and a sprinkle of your favourite spices to turn this brew into a delicious latte! And while a warm cuppa will have you sky-high on a cold winter’s day, it tastes just as excellent over ice. 

herbal tea

Duke of Earl Grey is a light yet stirring blend for the poshest of royal-tea. It has whole leaf Sri Lankan Uva Black Tea and decadent bergamot. These deep, robust flavours are accentuated by refreshing citrus notes. And don’t forget the sprinkle of blue cornflowers in our one-of-a-kind blend! Because of the flavourful bergamot, this tea pairs well with a slice of lemon or orange. it’s no surprise this varie-tea has become a quintessential British beverage! 

tea

Life is Peachy combines whole leaf Sri Lankan black tea with the juiciest of peachy goodness! Freeze-dried peaches bring a full fruity flavour to each brew. And it also features apple pieces, rose hip, hibiscus, cornflowers, and a hint of orange peel! This summery blend will whisk you away to blue skies and sunshine in each sip. We recommend enjoying it hot (no milk) or on the veranda with plenty of ice. Life is Peachy is a summer picnic in a cup. 

tea peach

Teas the Season is our seasonal blend that brings a taste of Christmas cheer throughout the year. First, it has ho-ho-wholesome Sri Lankan Black tea. Then, add sweet and spicy cinnamon and aromatic cloves. That’s not all! Each brew has hibiscus, apple, rosehip, and orange peel. And there’s cranberry, vanilla pieces, morello cherries, blackberry leaves, and lime leaves, too! This brew will put a jingle in your step no matter the time of year. 

tea

If you love the robust flavours of Black Tea, but you aren’t keen on caffeine, we have the perfect brew for you. Buzz Free Blend preserves the rich taste of breakfast blends with none of the caffeine. This way, you can enjoy all of the deep flavours of Sri Lankan Black Tea without the buzz! 

 Is Black Tea Good For You? (Benefits) 

Black tea is a natural way of consuming caffeine. This enhances mental alertness and increase your attention span. The caffeine is combined with L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea leaves. L-Theanine modulates brain functions and human attention processes. But besides providing energy and focus, black tea has a rich blend (no pun intended) of other benefits as well! 

Polyphenols are micronutrients found in black tea. These are known for being able to help fight cancer cells in the body. In this manner, black tea can be used as a preventative way to reduce the risk of developing cancer. In fact, black tea has been linked to reduced risk of cancer, and in assisting to reduce tumors as well. 

Tea

Polyphenols are also associated with decreased risk of chronic disease. The antimicrobial properties in black tea also improve gut health and immunity. Polyphenols may also reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.  

Much of the research involving Black Tea is still in its preliminary stages. Scientists have started studying the effects of long-term consumption of black tea. They found that it lowered blood pressure and reduced the risk of stroke as well. 

Black tea is full of beneficial antioxidants. Drinking black tea on a regular basis is a great way to incorporate these rich nutrients into your diet. For instance, one study found that drinking three cups of black tea per day reduces the risk of developing heart disease by 11%! So you can enjoy the full-bodied flavours of the world’s most popular drink while sipping your way to glowing health as well! 

Don’t be Chai — reach out and contact us! We love hearing from our Leafy Bean Co. Communi-tea. And for more tea-rrific content, feel free to check out our info page. It’s full of recipes and fascina-tea-ing facts about t-e-a!