ORGANIC BLACK TEA WITH CINNAMON AND CLOVES
What is black tea?
Black tea is obtained from young leaves, leaf buds or delicate stems of the Camellia sinensis shrub: the Chinese variety (crops are mainly found in China, Japan and Tibet) or the Assama variety (grown in India, Burma, on the Indochina Peninsula).
The collected leaves are subjected to wilting, twisting, and then full fermentation (i.e. enzymatic transformations leading to the oxidation of catechin polyphenols) and drying.
Tea is called the national drink of China. At first it was used as a medicinal product there, later it accompanied Buddhist monks in meditation. In the end, it found herself in a thatched roof, where it helped Chinese farmers, and now it’s the most popular drink on the world.
Black tea contains theaflavins – beneficial organic compounds with antioxidant properties. These powerful antioxidants may neutralize dangerous free radicals and harmful metal ions, thus:
- They may delay the aging process,
- They may detoxify the body of toxins,
- They may help lower the level of bad cholesterol (LDL), so they prevent atherosclerosis and reduce the risk of a heart attack,
- They may have a positive effect on circulation and lower blood pressure,
- They may strengthen the erythrocyte cell membranes and blood vessels,
- It may regulate blood glucose levels,
- They may protect our eyes from glaucoma,
- They may largely eliminate the effects of passive smoking,
- They may prevent DNA damage in cells,
- They may show anti-cancer properties.
The caffeine content in black tea is approximately 20mg per 3,53 oz. (tea from 4 teaspoons contains +/- 4mg caffeine) On the other hand, the caffeine content is also influenced by the last stage of infusion preparation, i.e. brewing. It should also be remembered that the caffeine in black tea has a different effect than that in coffee or energy drinks. After drinking espresso, we get a sudden but short burst of energy. Black tea, on the other hand, may provides us with energy over a longer period of time in smaller doses.
What kinds of black tea are the best?
- Chinese, such as Keemun or Dian Hong from Yunnan Province,
- Indian, Darjeeling and Assam among them,
- Nepalese black teas similar in taste to Indian ones,
- Ceylon (from Sri Lanka) one of the best teas and good value for money,
- Taiwanese – Hong Yu, Assamica, Shan Cha (wild tea) and others,
- Kenyan purple varieties,
- Exceptionally strong Turkish black teas,
- Interesting Japanese teas.
When describing tea, terms that are often used are bitterness, tartness and sour taste.
In Western culture, black tea is one of the most popular types, although its taste is described by some as too bitter. That’s why all our black tea come with some additional ingredients which make it delicious.
How long to steep black tea?
Better question would be black tea stimulates or relaxes? The recommended brewing time is 2-3 minutes. The drink prepared in this way may gives energy and reduces the effects of fatigue.
However, it is enough to brew black tea up to 5 minutes and its effect may be relaxing and calming.