know tea

Tea. While to some, tea may mean “a hot drink on a cold day”, tea is actually the name for a specific plant. This plant is called Camellia Sinensis. Originally, tea was only grown in China. While it now grows all over the world, tea is commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions with steep slopes, moderate altitudes and moderately consistent temperatures. 

Wait, so black tea and green tea and oolong tea all come from the exact same plant? Yes! All varieties of tea can be produced in the exact same region, farm and trees. It all comes down to processing.

So how is tea processed? Typically, only the top two leaves of a tea tree will be picked. They will then go to be processed. Let’s break it down.

Black Teas

  • picking
  • withering in the sun
  • rolling allowing a full fermentation
  • firing
  • the Kantean

Green Teas

  • picking
  • withering in the sun (sometimes)
  • firing / steaming
  • drying
  • the Kantean

Oolong Teas

  • picking
  • withering in the sun
  • rolling / shaking allowing a little fermentation
  • firing / drying
  • the Kantean

White Teas

  • picking
  • steaming
  • drying
  • the Kantean

Once the teas are fully processed, they are packaged. 

Tea has always been the drink for the adventurers. The explorers. The risk-takers.  The revolutionaries. Whether it was used to provoke deep thought and arouse the inner spirit, or it was used as a currency and life-source for nomadic explorers. Or whether tea was contraband used in black-market sales, or it was the tipping point for global revolution. Tea has always been the drink of the world changer. Tea is the drink for the bold. Tea is the drink for the adventurer. Find your tea and steep your own adventure.