Yabao.Depending on who you ask, Yabao tea can be categorized as raw pu-erh, white tea, white raw pu-erh, pu-erh buds, or even as a tisane! These are just some of the many categories this elusive Chinese tea falls into. So what is Yabao? Actually, it's quite tricky to define and confine it to a particular tea category. What we do know is, it's incredibly delicious. So let's try to take a closer look at what makes it so. (Read more)
Across the world, cafes, restaurants, and coffee shops are adding matcha green tea powder into their staples. Almost all coffee shops now offer matcha beverages as an alternative to coffee. And why wouldn’t they! Matcha is a delicious, energizing, and healthy Japanese green tea that deserves attention.
So what are the main reasons everyone’s making the switch? (Read more)
Pu-erh is one of the most controversial tea categories out there. Today we are exploring a popular topic of debate: pu-erh caffeine. A common misconception is that the darker the tea is — the more caffeine it contains. This could not be further from the truth. Perhaps it's because darker brews of tea resemble the highly caffeinated culprit coffee? While in fact we know that often times the freshest, youngest green teas usually have the higher caffeine contents. (Read more)
The first harvest of the year is always the same — early spring green tea and white tea. We already know that all teas come from the same plant, camellia sinensis. Moreover, early spring green tea, as well as white tea, are often times harvested on the exact same day. Many experienced tea drinkers struggle to find the difference between the two teas. So what actually makes them different? (Read more)
A common claim is that black tea caffeine content is much higher than that of green or white tea. Many people will always make a choice to drink green tea believing that the caffeine content is much lower. There are also people who say that green tea has zero caffeine. (Read more)