What is black tea?
Black tea is made from fully fermented tea leaves and has a bold, robust flavor. It contains flavonoids and other antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and may also help lower blood pressure.
Chinese black or red tea is a strongly fermented tea (70-90% oxidation). It is known as “black tea” outside of China, thanks to 17th century European merchants simplifying tea classification down to two categories (green vs. black).
Black tea is a type of tea that is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, just like other types of tea such as green tea, oolong tea, and white tea. One of the characteristics of black tea is that it contains caffeine, a natural stimulant that can provide a boost of energy and alertness.
Black tea caffeine
The amount of caffeine in black tea can vary depending on several factors, including the type of tea leaves used, the brewing method, and the steeping time. On average, a 250-milliliter cup of black tea contains between 30 and 60 milligrams of caffeine. However, some black teas may have higher levels of caffeine, with some containing up to 90 milligrams per cup.
Compared to other caffeinated beverages like coffee, black tea generally contains less caffeine. A cup of coffee typically contains between 95 and 200 milligrams of caffeine, depending on the strength and serving size. However, it's worth noting that the effects of caffeine can vary from person to person, depending on factors such as individual sensitivity, tolerance, and overall health
How black tea is made?
Black (red) teas have in common that slightly withered tea leaves are rolled and are left to oxidize for several hours, after which they are slowly heated. The general rule is that the slower the heating process and the more moderate the temperature during fermentation and drying are, the better the red tea will be.
Chinese black (red) tea invigorates and warms the heart and body, making it a prime choice in the cold season!
Where to buy black tea in Amsterdam?
In our online store or in our tea shop in Amsterdam you can buy black (red) tea that is handmade in small farms, located in its historic places of manufacture. All of these localities received the status of nature reserves at national and world level at the end of the twentieth century.
Our wonderful black (red) teas are rich and warm in taste, amazing to warm you up and wind you down. This is just the start of our collection, we will bring much more teas for your enjoyment!
Black tea vs Green tea