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London Tea is a family owned business dedicated to providing the best quality tea. We operate from home. We came to Canada several years ago from England and could not find the quality of tea we really wanted. I did a bit of research and decided to start our own business so we could share some great tasting teas with others.
London Tea, best drink of the day.
I have included below a short introductory lesson, learn a little more about the second most drank beverage in the world, just behind water. Our teas are available in 100g bags and range from $12 for Rooibos and Tea to $30 for some of the exquisite Oolongs. We offer 100% guarantee on all our teas, if it doesn't meet your expectations just let us know.
Health Benefits of London Tea
A growing body of research indicates that naturally-occurring flavonoids found in tea have very effective antioxidant properties. Drinking tea is a natural and pleasant way to increase dietary exposure to antioxidants. There is mounting evidence to suggest that antioxidant-rich foods may play a role in reducing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and stroke.
Learn about tea.
Types of tea
Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, water is the first. There are four types of tea but they all come from the same plant, the camellia sinensis. The difference in the varieties is determined by the processing undertaken by the leaves. The leaves are allowed to absorb oxygen during processing. The more oxygen absorbed creates Black tea, less oxygen Green tea, Oolong is somewhere in between. White tea is not processed.
Flavoured teas are made by combining black, green or white teas with the essentials oils of the desired flavour, some examples are mango, strawberry or passion fruit.
Tisanes are usually dried flowers, fruits or herbs infused with boiling water. They do not contain any tea leaves. They may have medicinal properties; chamomile is probably the most familiar and is known for its calming effect. Tisanes are caffeine free. Some other herbal teas are peppermint and a new variety known as Yerba Male which is of South American origin and is known to energise and remedy the body. Rooibos is becoming popular, this was introduced as a substitute for black tea during World War II, tea from Japan and China became unavailable. Rooibos is a South African plant and has a cool refreshing flavour.
Question – Teabags or loose tea?
Teabags are a relatively new invention, introduced in 1904 and are the main way people serve their tea. Teabags contain fanning’s, the smallest part of the tea leaf and also the poorest quality, these are then placed into the bag which restricts movement. Good quality tea is made from loose leaf tea, it is allowed to unfurl and expand in a body of water delivering a far superior flavour. New technology and techniques have improved the quality available with teabags, to really enjoy the experience and true flavour try loose leaf tea.
Green tea has been reported to aid against cancer, better breath, lower cholesterol, weight loss and can improve general immune strength. Scientific studies have confirmed these reports but what has been omitted is the fact that as all teas originate from the same plant. Black, oolong and white can offer the same benefits. It is recommended you drink about four cups of tea a day so it is important to find a flavour you enjoy
This could be the most important thing you learn today. Prepare your tea with care. Use filtered or bottled water if available. Making a good cup of tea is not difficult, in fact it’s easy. Three things to remember, quantity, temperature and time.
Quantity – As a rule one teaspoon for each cup of water. Some of the lighter teas will taste better with twice that.
Temperature – Black, dark oolong and herbal teas should be steeped with boiling water (100 C), they can take the heat. Care needs to be taken with green, light oolong and white teas use water at 80 C. Boil the water and leave for a couple of minutes before poring over the tea leaves.
Time – Let black tea steep for five minutes, dark oolong and white teas for seven minutes, light oolong and green teas need a little extra care, steep for only three minutes. It is important not too steep for too long as this will make the tea bitter.
Now you have read all the rules, let’s think about this. We all have different tastes, experiment; enjoy the experience of making your perfect cup of tea.
Caffeine, decaf, caffeine free.
One of the big talking points is whether tea contains less caffeine than coffee. In its dry state tea does contain more caffeine but the important time to measure the caffeine is just before you drink it. Black tea brewed for five minutes has about 40 milligrams, oolong about 30mg, green about 20mg and white about 15mg. Teabags containing broken leaves of a smaller size produce an infusion with slightly more caffeine than loose leaf tea. Coffee of the same volume yields about 80mg; double that of a black tea. Caffeine in tea is also more soluble in water than coffee is. This allows the caffeine in tea to pass through your body faster.
There are two methods to decaffeinate tea, you can use chemicals or carbon dioxide gas, chemicals are cheaper but there may be a risk of the chemical residue being left on the leaves. Carbon dioxide gas is more expensive but is considered safer. You can also decaf your own tea, make as usual pour in the water and then after 30 seconds drain the water, the majority of caffeine is released in those 30 seconds. Add more water and enjoy tour decaf tea. To go caffeine free try a herbal tea.
The important thing is to choose a tea you like, make it the way that suits your needs and tastes and then just sit back , relax and enjoy your little cup of magical London Tea.