The Black Tea Story

 

    The Lessons from the Past:

    How It Got Here.

    Did you know, that the first tea shipment to arrive in Canada was imported by the Hudson Bay Company in 1716 and it took more than a year to arrive?

    Up until the late 1800s, tea was sold loose by local merchants "straight out of the tea chests" that carried the tea across the ocean.

    Due to the arduous sea journey and lengthy travel time, tea merchants were always limited to whatever tea was imported and consumers couldn’t rely on consistent quality from week to week. Vastly different from the limitless blends and varieties we have available today, thankfully! 

    Tea'ch me the

    Process.

    1. First, the leaves are first exposed to hot air for several hours in order to reduce their water content by 50%-60%. This step frees up the enzyme responsible for oxidizing the leaf and softens the leaves, preparing them to undergo subsequent operations without breaking.

    2. Secondly, the leaves are then rolled (by hand or machine), allowing the essential oils to spread and permeate the buds. The aroma of the tea depends on these essential oils.
    A screen is used to sort the tea leaves. The smallest leaves go directly to the next stage, while the larger, tougher ones undergo a second rolling.

    3. Finally, the leaves are fired up in an oven to stop oxidation [the chemical reaction of the leaves and their components (polyphenols) with air, humidity, and heat].

    Drink Some More

    Tea[stro]!

    • Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after Water! That's Right!

    • For all caffeine lovers; Black tea contains caffeine — on average between 50 to 90 milligrams per cup. Cheers!

    • Black Tea represents the majority of the tea consumed in the Western world. So keep drinking!

    • In some parts of the world, like China, it is called "red tea", a description of the color of the liquid.

    • Some believe the benefits of Black Tea include: promoting heart health, reducing the risk of stroke, improving focus, and lowering blood sugar levels, as well as decreasing the risk of some cancers.