The different teas
Second most consume drink in the world after water, tea is and universal beverage. Rich in history and cultural heritage, it is prepared in different ways depending on the country, customs and religions.
A national drink in some countries, an exceptional drink in others, it is sought after everywhere for its freshness, its taste, its infinite diversity and its benefits. Since 1848, Compagnie Coloniale has been selecting and blending the best teas in France to offer you a wide choice and there is something for everyone. Our mantra : Creating a tea blend is an Art, Tasting it is all pleasure.
If you need some advice on how to choose your tea, here is some information that should help you!
You like the subtle and vegetal aromas, the natural taste of tea leave ? You can choose white teas, made from young tea buds still covered with a cottony down.
Green teas, naturally dry, which leaves the leaves their green color. Rich in antioxidants and low in thine, they can have a fat-burning effect an be your best ally for slimming.
Unflavored Black teas whose leaves are picked green and then oxidized as soon as they are picked. It takes an average ok 7kg of fresh leaves obtain 1 kg of black tea. Black tea is stonier in then than green tea.
Oolong teas are halfway between green and black tea. It is oxidized, but for a much shorter time than black tea. They are sometimes called blue teas, because of the color of their infusions.
All these types of high quality teas, grown in different countries or regions, have very different characteristics. A tea from Assam will give a different flavor than a tea from China, or a tea from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Each of these teas has virtues and will bring you many benefits.
Pu erh tea owes its name to the town of Pu Er in the province of Yunnan in China. It is fermented after oxidation. It gives a very dark liquor with aromas of wet earth.
Tasting the tea
The smoked black teas are placed on large screens during the drying process and exposed to a fire of pine roots.
All these energizing teas are ideal for breakfast for example. Do you prefer fruity flavors ? Flowery? We also have what you need!
Flavored teas can be white, green or black. They are associated with fruit, citrus, flowers, spices, etc...
Earl Grey certainly the the most famous flavored tea, is a bergamot tea.
Finally, if you wish to opt for an option Herbal teas, ideal for sleeping for example, you will find your happiness among our ranges of herbal teas and rooibos. You can also de-tea your favorite tea by throwing away the first water in which you let your tea less than 10 seconds.
All our blends are the result of an ancestral know-how : after having selected the best teas, we create in our French workshops unique and original recipes such as our emblematic Thé de Noël (Christmas Tea).
When you buy or ordered tea online at Compagnie Coloniale, you will find it either loose in metal tins or in fabric bags. Our tea bags contain the exact same quality as our loose teas.
But once you have finally made your choice among our 200 references, how to prepare your teas ?
The first rule is to enjoy yourself! If you use loose tea, you need to count 2g of tea per cup that you put in a tea ball or a paper bag.
Never boil the water, but use water simmering at 80°C, 3 minutes is the standard time to let the tea steep, but each tea is unique : a white or a green tea ca, steep longer than a black tea. Once again, the most important thing is to please yourself, you can of course, adapt the infusion time if you prefer your tea subtly scented or on the contrary a little stonier.
The iced tea version also allows you to discover tea under another very appreciable aspect.
What are the benefits of tea ?
Tea has many virtues: It acts on cholesterol and therefore reduces cardiovascular problems. It also promotes digestion and has diuretic properties. Finally, it increases the feeling of satiety and promotes weight loss.
What is the best tea for health ?
Each type of teas has a specific virtues:
- Green tea has has antioxydant properties.
- Black tea is known to limit cardiovascular problems.
- White tea is a natural anti-stress and delays cell aging.
- Matcha tea is an excellent antioxydant and promotes the elimination of fats and toxins.
- Rooibos (or "red tea"), even if it is classified as an herbal tea, is a plant from South Africa that protects the skin and prevents aging.
What are the different types of tea?
The difference between the different types of tea comes mainly from the level of oxydation of the leaves :
- Green tea is not oxidized
- White tea is very slightly oxidized (about 10 to 12%)
- Oolong tea is moderately oxidized (up yo 70%)
- Black tea is completely oxidized.
The level of then is also different between the types of tea : white tea contains much less theine than black tea, which is why it can be consumed in the evening without impacting your sleep.
How to choose the right tea?
Choosing the right tea is not an easy task! The quality of your infusion, both in terms of flavor ans health benefits, always depends on the raw materials used. Of course, you must also have an idea of your tastes because there are many different flavors. Here are a few tips to help you make your choices more easily. Do not hesitate to try to make your choice.
Recognizing a quality tea
In order to taste good teas, you must first of all rely on a seller specialized in the field. Indeed, it is only by calling upon the know-how of passionate professionals that you will have all the chances to test tasty drinks, with perfectly mastered tastes ans compositions.
Ideally, you should be able to smell a tea before buying it, as the smell is a good indicator of the taste quality. However, if you go to a website like Compagnie Coloniale's, you can be sure that you will receive teas that fully meet your expectations, even without having tested their scent first.
Moreover, when you choose our quality products, you also get personalized advice on how to brew each of them (brewing time, date temperature). In this way, you have all the keys in hand to prepare delicious drinks!
Knowing how to differentiate between full-bodied teas and more subtle teas.
Once you are sure that you are facing a quality tea brand like Compagnie Coloniale, ask yourself the right questions to make a choice that you will no regret later on.