Tea is a drink, served hot or cold, with or without flavourings and garnishes. True tea derives from the tea bush or tree (Camelia sinensis)[1] but over time different forms of tea have evolved from a range of other plant sources, especially in the areas of herbal, fruit and flavoured teas.

Tea can be made using leaves, flowers, buds, twigs.[1] Tea is usually made through steeping in hot water. If it is to be drunk cold, many recipes require a heated stage first to draw out the tea flavour, then the tea is allowed to cool down. However, it is also possible to cold brew some teas.

This article is a work in progress. Tea is a big topic. After all, it's the second most drunk drink in the world after water.[1] Feel free to help it emerge more fully.

Types of tea[edit | edit source]

There are many types of tea. Assuming a broader inclusion than teas from the plant Camellia sinensis, the range of teas includes:

  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • White tea
  • Flowering tea
  • Oolong tea
  • Red tea, rooibos
  • Herbal tea
  • Fruit tea
  • Flavoured tea
  • Cold tea, iced tea

Tea blends[edit | edit source]

  • Basic blends
  • Fruity blends
  • Smoky blends
  • Flowery blends


Tea packaging[edit | edit source]

Tea can be packaged as follows:[1]

  • Loose tea leaves
  • Teabags
  • Compacted or compressed tea
  • Bottled or canned tea
  • Tea for tea machines

Serving tea[edit | edit source]

  • Teapot
  • Tea Set
  • Special tea ceremonies
  • Tea traditions

Making tea for sale on a small, boutique scale[edit | edit source]

  • Growing tea on a small scale
  • Choosing the right location
  • The many things to consider

This section's entry may be better as a separate article.

See also[edit | edit source]

Sources and citations[edit | edit source]

Gallery of tea[edit | edit source]

  • To come