Types of Tea
Green tea is the least processed of the tea varieties that come from the Camellia senensis plant. While it does contain less caffeine than other types of tea it does still contain caffeine. Green tea has many research based health benefits. Matcha is also a form of green tea. It is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves.
Black tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia senensis plant. To make black tea several processes must be done to the leaves: withering, rolling, drying, oxidizing. Black tea is stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee. There are some health benefits of black tea as well.
Herbal teas comes from soaking various flowers, leaves, or spices in hot water. Nearly all herbal teas don’t have caffeine naturally. Some well known herbal teas include: Peppermint, chamomile, ginger, hibiscus, echinacea, lavender.
White tea is the most delicate and minimally processed tea from the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves and buds are harvested before the tea plant's leaves open. There are several health benefits to drinking white tea.
Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea made from the partially oxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is neither a black tea nor a green tea but its own unique category, but it may bear more similarities to black tea.