What is Black Tea?

Black tea is one of the most beloved drinks in the world with almost 80% of humans consuming it. Black tea is created when the leaf is entirely oxidized. The process of making black tea always involves withering, rolling, oxidizing, and drying the tea leaves. During this process, flavanols (catechins) oxidize with the air to create the flavors and the color that makes this tea unique. The most consistent description of a black tea is strong, full bodied flavor, and a dark-brown infusion.

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BLACK TEA

2737 B.C.
Tea was first discovered by the second emperor Shen Nung in China.
618-907 A.D.
During the T'ang Dynasty tea becomes the most popular drink in China
1650 A.D.
Tea is introduced into the United States
1670 A.D.
The Massachusetts colony was known to only drink black tea.
2020 A.D.
84% of tea drank in the USA today is Black Tea.

HOW TO STEEP

Steep at 205° degrees for 3 – 5 minutes.

Save Your Leaves

This loose leaf tea can be re-steeped up to 3 times.

Unflavored Black Tea

Flavored Black Tea

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Cup of Tea is your community tea house.  If you are looking for loose-leaf tea and ways to steep it, we have everything you need. You can also enjoy a pot of hot tea, a glass of iced tea, or a custom tea latte in our shop or on the go.

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