In this video, Diane covers the descriptions and brief explanations of the top 5 tea types. Yellow tea isn’t added because it’s very difficult to find it outside of China because the demand there is so high.

The top 5 tea types are: 

  • White – Picked and left to dry
  • Green – Oxidation is stopped by heating 
  • Oolong – 8% to 80% oxidized
  • Black – Fully oxidized
  • Puerh – Microbially fermented (some say ‘doubly oxidized’ but that is not a good terminology for this unique tea) which has less caffeine than other types because of its processing

Brewing instructions for tea types (general rules of thumb):

  • White Tea – 175-180F at 2.5 to 3 minutes
  • Green Tea – 170-175F for 2 to 2.5 minutes
  • Oolong Tea – 195-200F for 4 minutes
  • Black Tea – 195-200F for 3-5 minutes
  • Puerh Tea – 195-200F for 5 minutes

Notes: Some puerh enthusiasts enjoy doing multiple short infusions of puerh. You can adjust the above instructions to your own preferences. We also give brewing instructions on individual teas we carry on our website.

Check out the previous video in this series: Cantaloupe, Lime, and Black Tea Smoothie