Tea has been widely accepted as the most refreshing and rejuvenating beverage consumed across the globe. Welcoming a guest with rich milky brew, unwinding a heavy day with an aromatic black or ending a slow day with a light green tea. There is a tea available for every moment. You also have to appreciate the complexity of plucking a tea leaf and transforming it into a gracious beverage for a tea lover. And yes, the most critical aspect are those human hands carefully collecting the correct leaves just so you may enjoy them at your leisure.
Well, we would like to give you a taster of how all the magic is created ending in your tiny little cup. You begin with the tea plant which is known as Camellia Sinensis. At the core, it’s the same plant for every cup of tea. White Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea and Black Tea; these all come from the same family, Camellia Sinensis. The processing methods of the tea leaves will determine the type of tea produced.
Manufacture of tea is a lengthy process. A lot of effort is put in to prepare the best quality tea. The process can be counted as one of the methods in which the tea leaves of Camellia Sinensis plant are dried and made ready for brewing. There are many different stages to it. Each stage has been carefully crafted to preserve the quality, flavour and aroma of tea. Different processes that are done on the tea leaves give us different varieties of tea. These are then packed and delivered to you so you may take the pleasure of drinking them whenever you feel like having it. Now let’s discover each tea production process from the fresh, green tea leaves to the perfect cup of tea.
Step 1: The Harvest
Harvesting is the beginning of the processing technique used in tea manufacture. It can be considered as the most labour-intensive activity of the tea growing season because tea crops are being cut with utmost care and keen-sightedness. It’s the genuine human touch that matters.
Step 2: Wither those leaves
As soon as the tea leaves are plucked from their respective plants, they start wilting naturally. They are quickly sent to the tea processing facilities so that the wilting process further happens in a controlled environment for the proper development of aroma and flavour in the leaves. This process is called withering. In other words, withering process involves a controlled wither where the tea leaves are spread and laid on the bamboo tarps or mats, or indoor troughs with forced air. The spreading out of the tea leaves helps to retain the natural aroma and flavour of the tea leaves.
Step 3: Bruising or Roll Breaking
Rolling is the next step in the process. It involves the twisting and breaking of the tea leaves to release natural juices. This type of processing initiates fermentation by activating certain enzymes. Tea leaves also get a perfect curl through rolling process.
Step 4: Oxidizing determines the type
After bruising, leaves are left to oxidize or turn brown for oolong or black teas. The leaves are laid out again and left to fade. Now that the cell walls are broken, the leaves are turned brown by an enzymatic reaction. To put it simply, oxidation is the reaction of tea leaves with oxygen in the air.
The oxidation process is what determines the type of tea that will be produced – white tea, green tea, oolong tea, or black tea. It is also when much of the tea’s taste and aroma is established. The tea processing units control the amount of oxidation of the tea leaves. Typically, the temperature in the tea room is kept between 25 to 30°C and humidity, between 60%-70%. Depending on the amount of time the tea leaves are oxidized, their taste and smell differ. Green tea undergoes very minimal oxidation. White tea is 1-10% oxidized, Oolong is semi-oxidized and however black tea is oxidized most of all.
Step 5: Drying before packaging
The final stage in the production process is conducted with great care; drying the leaves by gently heating those halts the oxidation stage and seals in flavour. Once the leaves have been oxidized, they are introduced to hot dryers. They are also fired or roasted on controlled temperatures for a fixed amount of time. This further reduces the moisture content to less than 1%. The tea is now ready to be packed and shipped directly to your teapot.
Each cup of tea you enjoy was lovingly tended by dozens of hands as it moved from the fields to the factory to your kitchen. Tea Valley blends are purely made from Assam tea which gives you a wonderful experience and makes every moment memorable. These run through high-quality checks by experts before packaging. So, enjoy the richness and purity of tea Valleys of Assam that will make your every morning delightful and refreshing.
Waking up to a cup of hot tea? That’s like a ritual for most Indians every morning and indeed is a way of life. India is the land of the best tea in the world and Assam is the prime region for Tea cultivation. Assam is one of the most beautiful states in India that is known for its alluring river valleys, mountains and hills. The fact that it is surrounded by the Northern Himalayas, the Brahmaputra plains and the Deccan plateau on three sides – makes it one of the richest biodiversity zones in the world. Assam tea is also, classified as a type of black tea and is commonly referred to as English breakfast or Irish breakfast tea. There are many health benefits of drinking Assam black tea. And some of them are:
Tea Valley tea is 100% authentic Assam black tea enriched with orthodox long leaves, which gives the tea a fine, rich flavour and malty taste. The Truly original Tea Valley Assam tea is packed with all the natural flavonoids, antioxidants as well as other naturally occurring plant compounds which are healthy and will keep you refreshed. So, refresh yourself with the perfect cup of Truly Original Tea Valley tea.
We probably don’t have to explain why we love tea. Our day is incomplete without that hot cup of tea. Well, there are many types of tea which people sip in their everyday lives, but we’ll be talking about the most loved tea of India which is Assam tea.
Assam Tea is one of the premium teas of India and has a rich, deep-amber colour and is famous for its rich, full-bodied cup. It is especially known for its strong, unique aroma and malty character which is made purely from the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis. Orthodox tea which is both hand processed and CTC tea with the Crush/Tear/Curl processing are produced here. Assam produces around 507 million kg of tea per year thus making it the largest tea growing region in the world. The tea produced in the valley of Assam not only wins on taste but also offers numerous health benefits.
• It contains several unique plant compounds which function as antioxidants in your body and may play a role in chronic disease prevention.
• Studies have found that Assam tea can help to improve mental alertness and with the notable levels of antioxidants, it can also prevent oxidative stress in the brain.
• The active ingredients in this tea have been linked to improving the integrity of your blood vessels and arteries and reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
• Tea of this region contains vitamin A and E which are good for the skin and also purify your blood, making your skin glow always.
The 100% truly original blends of Tea Valley are handpicked purely from the most pristine tea estates of Assam with rich aroma and intricate flavours making it a perfect morning tea to wake up with. So, make your everyday tea experience delightful with our interesting blends and enjoy the richness of the tea valleys of Assam.
Tea is like the elixir of life for us Indians. While we drink this beverage unconsciously on a regular basis, we often forget to assess its nutritional value. Today, we are going to break down the benefits of drinking different types of teas for all you tea-lovers. So that the next time you drink a cup of freshly-made tea, you are aware of its ingredients and benefits.
Black Tea – The most common form of tea consumed by Indians, is the black tea which is stronger in flavour as it is highly oxidized. This type of tea retains its flavour for years together and helps reduce cholesterol level in your bloodstream. Black tea also comes with anti-ageing properties and a host of vitamins which protect you from pollutants, dementia, sunburn, tooth and gum related diseases.
Green Tea – The Green Tea has recently come into limelight for its long list of health benefits. Although not the tastiest of the lot, people have come up with unique ways of drinking Green Tea. Some of the most precious advantages of drinking this type of tea include protection from cancer, cavities, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
White Tea – The most minimally processed variety of tea happens to be the White Tea. It is richly laden with antioxidants and acts as a catalyst in weight reduction. In case you are suffering from osteoporosis, white tea is a great agent to help you recover. This kind of tea is also amazing at fighting bacteria in the mouth. It is also known to help with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Oolong Tea – Oolong Tea is known to contain more caffeine than the other varieties. This in turn boosts the cerebral capacity and makes one a fast thinker. Being rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, Oolong Tea is a great drink to induce weight loss, prevent ovarian cancer, rid your skin of eczema, strengthen your bones and much more.
Loose Tea – Tea bags tend to have lower quality or broken leaves and tea dust, which in turn produces fewer anti-oxidants and more caffeine. On the other hand, loose tea leaves are superior in quality and have more polyphenol antioxidants. Moreover, premium hand-picked loose leaf teas can be re–infused several times.
Now that you are aware of all the fabulous benefits that come from various types of tea, you are good to go on your journey of exploring the world of tea and becoming an instant fan.
Also Read: Five Reasons You Should Shift to Tea
We have all grown up hearing tales about magic potions and their incredible properties. In India, this magic potion is better known as ‘Chai’. We are all aware of the magical properties of this wake-me-up beverage as it’s a steaming cup of ‘Chai’ that gives us the boost to start each day a new. Well, if you are guilty of preferring other beverages, here are five good reasons why you should choose ‘Chai’ i.e. tea over any of them:
Filled with antioxidants – If you believe in all things organic and good for your body, you should definitely switch to tea. The antioxidants in tea keep you young and protected from the everyday pollution that is very much a part of our urban lives.
Defends you from Heart Attack & Stroke – There is nothing better than sipping on a cup of tea that rejuvenates you instantly and gives you a healthier heart at the same time! Not only is the queen of beverages good for your senses but it is also definitely protecting you from heart diseases so you can lead a robust and active life
Induces weight loss – Yes, working out is fun and a great source of well-being. But what if we told you that consuming green tea will not only energize you in a jiffy but also help you smile when you look down at the weighing scale? So, go on and dip that tea bag on some hot water already!
Improves digestion – Herbal tea is known to strengthen your immunity and boost your digestion. If you are suffering from irritable bowel movement and inflammation, try out some chamomile tea that comes with soothing properties that also eliminate menstrual cramps.
Contains less caffeine – If you are a coffee-lover, you are already aware of the disadvantages that come with caffeine intake. Drinking copious amounts of coffee lead to irritability, restlessness, higher levels of stress and so on. Thankfully herbal tea contains no caffeine or added sugar, which ensures that you get all the natural benefits of consuming tea in its purest form. Whether you are suffering from cold, nausea, stress or depression – herbal tea is the answer to it all.
So, there you have it, the reasons you should switch to tea for refreshment and health. We hope you enjoyed reading the article, follow the Tea Valley blog for more anecdotes about healthy living.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and has been used as a culinary medicine in India for centuries. The Turmeric chai is really simple to make and perfect for boosting your immunity.
– 500ml Water
– 3 Slices of Ginger
– 3 Slices of Turmeric
– 2 Squashed Cardamom Pods
– 3 Cloves
– A Pinch of Fennel Seeds
– Almond Milk (optional)
– Honey (optional)
– Put water in a pan. Add the ginger, turmeric, squashed cardamom pods, cloves and a pinch of fennel seeds.
– Simmer for 5-6 minutes and strain the beverage into mugs.
– Drink as it is or add almond milk and honey, if you choose.
Read More: The Essential Guide for Enjoying Tea
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Crazy about tea? Well, who isn’t.
Here in India, every one of us share a unique bond with tea. So much so that we have customized this European beverage with our own flavors and accompaniments. But if you want to experiment a little with your tea brews and add some exotic twists to them, we are sharing an ongoing list of tea blogs for you to follow.
So here goes.
WORLD OF TEA
It is one of the most frequently updated blogs with latest news on tea and its accompaniments. The World of Tea is a great place to start your exploration of your favorite beverage.
TEA FOR ME PLEASE
The blog has “World Tea Award 2015” and its expert consultant Nicole Martin regularly updates the site with information on tea leaves, recipes and more. A true treasure trove of information for tea lovers.
TEA REVIEW BLOG
If you are looking for great blends and their reviews, this is the site to visit. With over 2000 reviews and growing, it is hard to say that you won’t find what you are looking for.
Since you are here, you know how passionate, we at Tea Valley, are about tea. Follow the blog to stay updated about premium tea brews available in India and our recipe and accompaniment guides.
If the blog has you lip smacking for a steamy cup of premium Assam tea, head over to the Tea Valley collection and take your pick from our tea catalog.
While we often look up food blogs and hear the experts talking about the how great a food or beverage tastes, we never could find the same superlatives to describe our experiences can we?
Well, to solve that problem for you and teach you how to describe an experience of tasting your favourite beverage, yes tea of course, we have this post here.
So, let’s begin.
Number 1: Having a Look
First impressions matter. In case of tea, this expression applies to the look of the tea leaves. If you have mostly whole tea leaves and tender buds, you are good to go. The tea will most likely have preserved its flavour.
Number 2: Take a Deep Breath
Tea is an aromatic beverage, the very wafts of which can evoke an insatiable desire in your taste buds. If you cannot detect an aroma, the tea is probably stale, but if you can, then it’s time to prepare your brewing vessels.
Number 3: Brew it Already!
If you are brewing a premium tea then it probably has some specialised instructions from the vendor for you to follow. Or, you can trust your instincts and brew it the way you like it. Tea recipes are also a great way to prepare a tantalising brew of tea.
Number 4: Check the Texture
You can tell a good brew by its texture. A clear texture means the brew is astringent and ready to serve, a muddy mixture might need sieving.
Number 5: And Slurrrp!
It is time to taste your tea. Remember though, even if some people find slurping a little rude, it is the most effective way to taste a tea brew. Slurps spread the brew over your taste buds and gives you an actual idea of the taste.
Now you can share your experienced opinion in as many words as you want. There is no wrong answer when you are tasting a quality brew and we all have different perceptions for taste and aroma. Just share yours and let others do the thinking.
If you are looking for a premium tea brew in India then don’t forget to check out the premium tea blends from Tea Valley.
Also, Read More: The Essential Guide for Enjoying Tea
Since you are here, we will assume that you are a tea lover like us and want to learn the art of making the perfect cup of tea. Well, to tell you the truth, there is no one way of doing it. However we have an expert who can help us out.
Classical novelist George Orwell, yeah the guy who wrote “1984”, was a great tea lover and wrote an essay called “A nice cup of tea”. In the essay, Orwell enumerates the eleven golden rules of making the perfect cup of tea, and we are sharing the work here in its entirety.
A Nice Cup of Tea
If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points.
There’s a lot of confusion about how much tea should you buy. It becomes all the more difficult if you love tea and frequently find yourself out of your favourite blend. The obvious choice then is to buy a bigger pack. In fact, you can save more per gram by going for a 250 gram or 500 gram packaging.
But here is the thing about buying a larger pack, you need to store it properly to preserve the taste. Exposure to air and light takes away the richness and composure of the tea leaves, therefore, you need two air-tight containers, one large and one small. Use the larger container to store the bulk while using the smaller one for your daily tea delights.
So how long will your tea stock last?
Let’s do some quick math here. If you buy a 500 gram pack of premium tea and use a smaller container of 50 gram capacity to store the portion for your daily use, you can ideally get 16 cups of tea from it. That is if you follow the 3 gram per cup rule.
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