Tea is one of the most versatile beverages in the world and marks as the most consumed beverage in the world after water. According to the US tea fact sheet (2018-2019), tea can be found in almost 80% of US households. So among this vast majority of tea drinkers and tea lovers, you may still be a beginner to the so-called "tea world".
Some might wonder what exactly is special about “Tea” as a beverage and what it has more than any other beverage. Also, if you still try to figure out where to start, as the world of tea is too confusing, here is our complete guide for starters and you will find answers for many of your common queries by the end of this article.
The first fact to know in the amazing tea world is that all the different tea types that you find in the market are made from a single plant called "tea plant" or “camellia sinensis”. The tender shoots of the tea plant are plucked and processed in many different ways, thus it gives birth to many delicious tea types around the world. These teas can be broadly categorized into five distinct types namely, Black tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, White tea, and Pu-erh tea.
As beginners, you must remember one very important fact. Today the term “tea” is used ambiguously to denote many herbal beverages prepared from plants other than “camellia sinensis”. For instance, rooibos tea, chamomile tea or peppermint tea are not true teas under the scope of the tea plant, and they are just being called as teas. So you need to be mindful when selecting different teas from the market, make sure you buy the products prepared from “camellia sinensis” to get the true benefits of tea drinking.