Yunomi: Spring Sencha Blend

Today, I received a package I had been waiting for, for about a week. It is, of course, my mystery sample from Yunomi Tea. Yunomi (pronounced “you-know-me”) is a global launchpad for small-scale tea farms, factories and other producers in Japan. We are focused on providing you with all that you need to live a…

Camellia sinensis

“Camellia sinensis originated in South East Asia, specifically around the intersection of latitude 29°N and longitude 98°E, the point of confluence of the lands of North East India, North Burma, South West China and Tibet. The plant was introduced to more than 52 countries, from this ‘centre of origin’.” (Mary Lou Heiss; Robert J. Heiss. The Story of…

Why temperature matters?

The reason black tea traditionally requires a higher temperature than green teas is that black teas are more oxidised and are therefore more stable. In order to bring out the tannins, water of a higher temperature is needed; however, if the brewing occurs for a long period of time then a high concentration of tannins…

How to Store Tea

It has become recently more and more obvious that people just don’t know how to store tea correctly. Its kept in its box or bag and that’s it – job done. However, there are so many factors that affect whether the tea you will have today is different from the one tomorrow. Below I have highlighted some…

History Quiz

Some holiday fun, all the answers can be found in the previous history blogs. Have fun and don’t forget to comment how you did at: https://www.facebook.com/shennongofkent/ or https://twitter.com/ShennongOfKent or even comment below. The winner might just get a prize.

Medicinal Properties of Tea

The medicinal properties associated with tea, as well as the low caffeine levels, are not supported by modern scientific studies. This is due to the fact that the tea plant grows in so many regions and can be processed in so many different ways, tests on one tea do not prove effects of all tea….

History of Green Tea

Tea was discovered in its greenest form over five thousand years ago; some versions of history depict a flower falling into a cup of hot water, while another has a man eating a leaf and realising how delicious it would be steeped in water. For centuries, all tea was green tea. Green tea is simply…

Introduction to Tea

The most widely accepted non-alcoholic beverage in the world is tea, with over three million tonnes are grown annually. In the UK alone 165,000,000 cups of tea are drunk every day, accounting for 40% of our daily fluid intake. Tetley alone buys 1,000 kg of tea every week, and sells 60 different tea blends, where…