What are the main types of tea

Tea varieties

Classics and their typical character.

The large, classic tea varieties and their typical properties can be found here:

White tea

Like black and green tea, white tea comes from the tea bush Camellia sinensis. White tea is dried and processed only minimally so that the leaf structure is largely preserved. In particular, the fine hairs remain on the leaf, which is why the dry tea has a whitish appearance. It owes its name to this. A special type of white tea is Pai Mu Tan, which is only produced in the Chinese province of Fujian.

Green tea

Like black tea, green tea comes from the same plant, the tea bush Camellia sinensis. It differs from black tea in the way it is made. Green tea is not fermented. Essential steps in the production of green tea are the steaming (Japanese method) or roasting (Chinese method) of the fresh leaf material, through which the green color of the leaves is retained. This is followed by rolling, drying and sorting.

Matcha tea

Matcha is originally from Japan. The word "macha" [抹茶] means "ground tea".

Matcha is the only tea that is "drunk". It is finely ground green tea from Tencha, also called shadow tea. The tea bushes are shaded about 2 to 3 weeks before picking. This measure stimulates, among other things, the production of the green leaf pigment chlorophyll and this gives the matcha its intense and rich green color.

In addition, the Tencha is not rolled after it has dried, but rather the fine leaf stalks and veins are removed - in the case of high-priced varieties, this is still done today. Then the tencha is slowly ground into the finest powder with mills made of heavy granite stone, which is then called matcha. Today there are also matchas made in China using traditional Japanese methods.

Oolong tea

Oolong tea is a semi-fermented tea, which means that when it is made, the fresh tea leaves only ferment on the edge. It comes mainly from Taiwan and parts of China. Depending on the quality, the taste spectrum ranges from malty-bread-like to fruity-fragrant, with an aroma reminiscent of ripe peaches. The cup color ranges from amber yellow to deep orange.

Black tea

Black tea is by far the most popular type of tea. It comes from the tea bush Camellia sinensis. The essential manufacturing steps in the production of black tea are the withering of the tea leaves, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting.

Pu-erh tea

Pu-Erh tea, sometimes also referred to as "red tea", is a specialty from the Chinese province of Yunnan. Pu-Erh gets its dark, reddish color and strong, earthy taste through a special post-fermentation.