It’s remarkable that so many different types of ‘cup of tea’ come from the same plant - the Camelia Sinensis.
Black and green tea are the most drunk and well known. But added to these two giants: white tea, yellow tea, purple tea, puerh tea, oolong tea, flowering teas.
The fundamental difference between these teas is how the leaf is processed – see our Stories about the different type of teas.
Within each type of tea, there are so many further variations in flavours and colours - not only because of different processing methods, but also because of the ‘terroir’ – the local natural environment. Factors include altitude, climate, soil minerals, water source, cultivation methods and not forgetting – brewing method!