Frequently asked questions.

1. What is tea?
Tea is an infusion made from the leaves of the Camellia thea sinensis.
The drinking of tea broth is stilled maintained today
as a health tonic, making tea the first health drink in the world.
2. How is the quality of tea determined?
Quality of tea is determined by such factors as whether
the tea plants are wild harvested or cultivated on a tea farm,
 elevation, harvesting and processing by hand or machine,
time of harvest and stress factors to the tea plants.
3. Where is tea grown?
Tea is grown in the highlands of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladash,
Pakistan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand,Malaysia,
Japan, Indonesia, East Africa, Argentina, Brazil............
4. What are the classifications of tea?
Tea can be classifed into 8 groups.
They are green, yellow, red, white, oolong, black, compressed aged 
 and scented teas.
These groups have varieties that are based on geographical production,
elevation, curing and processing techniques.
5. How is tea processed?
The end product of the tea in the teacup takes on the personality
of the person who processes the tea leaves.
There are  two methods to processing tea - hand processing
and machine processing.
6. What is the best way to store tea?
Tea is best when it is vaccum packed.
Storing it in an air tight container that is kept away from
uneven temperatures, heat sources and light.
7. How do I clean and maintain my teaware?
Cleaning teaware is about nuturing it.
Teaware is an investment to the practice of the art of brewing and drinking tea.
It will become your heirloom pieces.
Great care must be taken in the cleaning process.
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8. What is a tea ceremony?
A tea ceremony is a culturally influenced ceremonial activity,
where the Art of Tea is practiced.
9. How is tea brewed?
There are many ways to make a good cup of tea.
Important thing to remember, is a good cup of tea begins with hight to medium
 quality tea leaves and good water.
10. Can sweeteners, milk/cream or lemon be added to tea?
Yes and no.
It really depends on the  the class of tea that is being brewed. 

11. Do you have de-caffeinated tea?
12. Are teas usually caffeinated?
The caffein content in some teas depend on the class of teas.

13. What are the benefits of drinking tea?
Tea contains high levels of antioxidants like polyphenols,
flavonoids, and catechins.
These take on the “free radicals” in the body and prevent them
 from harming the healthy cells.
Antioxidants prevent diseases and protects the body
against premature cellular deterioration.
 Antioxidants are not only in teas but also in  fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Tea also contains flouride which benefits the teeth and has bacteria killing properties which helps control bad breath and the formation of plaque.
14. How often can I drink tea?
You can drink tea as often as your taste buds desire.
However , if you have caffeine sensitivity, please consult your health care provider.
15. Is tea a sustainable culture?
We buy from tea plantations that are reputable and have a sustainable practice.
16. How many times can I brew the same tea?
The amount of times a pot of tea is brewed varies.
It primarily depends on the quality of the tea.
Also the ratio of tea to size of teapot makes a difference
in the taste and strength of the tea.
17. What temperature should the water be to brew tea?
Temperature of the water is important in maximun extraction
of the flavor of the tea, particularly pu errh tea.
18. Isn't all tea the same?
Not all tea are the same.
19. What is the best type of water to brew tea?
Before quality tea is good water.
Spring water is the best water for tea brewing. 
Taste test your water if you are unsure.
Use filtered or purified water.
20. Is oolong and green tea the same?
Yes and no.
It primarily depends on the processing of the harvested tea.
21. What is a Gai Wan/ Gai Bei/ Ju Zhong?
A Gai Wan is a covered bowl.
A Gai Bei is a covered cup.
A Ju Zhong means a brewing cup.
22. How much tea is needed to brew tea?
This would depend on the strength of tea desired and style of brewing.
23. What is Taiwan High Mountain Tea?
This is the best of the best teas in the tea connoisseurs world.
24. What is puer tea?
Puer tea is usually compressed tea made from processed
tea leaves that have been compressed into molds of different shapes.