So Rebecca Sheeran, from the Tea Grotto, tells us what is in tea, and how to steep the perfect cup.
The only thing you can consider to be tea comes from one plant called the camellia sinensis. Every thing else is considered an herbal infusion. For example peppermint is a herbal infusion rather than a tea. The camellia sinensis makes white tea, green tea, oolong tea, or black tea. Each type is just processed differently to get different flavors. The growing region in which it comes from also changes the taste profile.
These days tea is very easy to steep. Traditionally in the U.S. we have used tea balls which don’t allow the tea enough space to open and give the tea a good taste. Now there are teapots and cups that have baskets in them with are user friendly. Just scoop the tea in and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes and take the basket out. Steeping the tea too long make a bitter taste which a lot of people don’t like. If you want strong tea rather than bitter just put in more loose leaves.
Come try free tea tasting every Saturday from 3 to 5 to learn which tea you like the best. The Tea Grotto 2030 S. 900 E. 466-8255. You can also find more on their website, www.tea-grotto.com.