Firstly, did you know tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water?! It’s true!And…black tea is the most famous tea variety in the world!
Why is Black Tea…BLACK?
Simple answer is: fermentation
In a nutshell, here’s how tea becomes black:
- Plucking fresh tea leaves (green color)
- Fermentation (now black in color)
- To your tea cup
So yes, making tea into black tea is hard work and an art as well! More to come on this in subsequent blogs.
So what is fermentation anyway?
Many types of tea come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. The different types of tea are the result of differences in the tea manufacturing process.
One of the key steps in the tea manufacturing process is the degree of fermentation of the tea leaves. It means how much a tea is allowed to undergo enzymatic oxidation before drying. This oxidation process may be stopped by either roasting or steaming the leaves before they are completely dried out. Through fermentation, the originally deep green leaves become reddish-brown in color — the longer the fermentation, the darker the color. Depending on the length of roasting and degree of fermentation, the fragrance can range from floral to fruity to malty.
One thing to remember is black tea is considered fully fermented tea. Fancy, right?!
We at Mela Teas offer an excellent selection of black teas. To find out more, visit our website and if you have any questions about this blog and black tea, please don’t hesitate to email me: email@example.comTea the Day!