What is Black Tea?

Black tea is oxidized the longest to in comparison to green tea.

ORIGINS

Black tea originated from  China and it is through trade that black tea spread to neighboring countries. Black tea became popular because, on the trade route, black tea retains its flavor better than green tea. Although green tea and black tea come from the same plant, it is the production process that differentiates them.

POPULARITY

One of the more popular types of tea today, English Breakfast and Earl Grey, are all a blend of black tea. Black tea is more popular in the West in comparison to green tea in China and Japan.

PROCESSING STAGES

  1. The tea leaves are plucked and withered down to reduce the moisture content.

  2. It is then rolled in different ways to prepare for oxidation.

  3. Oxidized to the color and flavor profile of black tea.

  4. Fired to stop the oxidation process.

  5. Graded and packaged.

BLACK TEA’S BENEFITS