Beginner's Guide to Tea

Tea 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Tea

There’s a whole lot more to tea than what’s in the aisle at the grocery store. Whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned sipper, this page is designed to be a resource of knowledge. I hope that it will serve as a guide to tea for experts and beginners alike.

Beginner's Guide to Tea

Tea Basics

All tea comes from an amazing evergreen plant called Camellia Sinensis. Did you know it is one of only a few species of plants that contains caffeine? How the leaves are processed determine the type that it becomes.


Different Types of Tea

The Types of Tea

Curious about the different categories of tea? I don’t have a favorite one because they all have something different to offer. There are a wide range of tastes and flavors to explore within each of them.


How Tea Is Made

Have you ever wondered how a leaf on a bush becomes the tea in your cup? These are some of the steps in the amazing journey that tea takes.


Varieties

Within each category of tea, there are hundreds of varieties. These posts will introduce you to some of my favorites.


Places

One of the joys of drinking tea is getting to know all of the wonderful places it comes from.


Green Tea

The taste of green tea can range from grassy and vegetal to nutty and sweet.


Oolong

Oolong tea is partially oxidized and known for its intense floral aromas.


Puerh Tea

Puerh tea is part of a larger family of fermented teas known as heicha.


Tea History

Tea is one of the oldest and most widely consumed beverages. It is an integral part of world history that has both inspired wars and spread message of peace.


Health

Tea is certainly a healthy beverage but it is important to keep a level head and do your research. Be wary of snake oil salesman tactics that promise unbelievable health benefits. The healthiest tea is the one you enjoy because you’ll actually want to drink it!


Take It To The Next Level

If you’re brewing loose leaf tea on the regular but you’d like to dig in more, these posts are for you. Tea can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.

beginner's guide to tea

Vocabulary

The world of tea has a lexicon all its own. These posts will help to decode the jargon that you might see being used by tea companies.


Troubleshooting

Sometimes things go wrong and that is OK! Experience is how we learn, especially when it comes to tea. These posts might help if you’re having a hard time.

I hope that you’ve found this beginner’s guide to tea useful. Is there something you’d like to know more about but don’t see here? Email me at nicole@teaformplease.com!

Tea 101 - Beginner's Guide to Tea