Is tea like tea?

Under the denomination „tea“ one understands broadly speaking an infusion drink that is prepared of boiling water and parts of plants different, varying regionally. Popular tea plants are medicinal herbs as camomile, sage or peppermints. But also the leaves of the South American maté shrub or the branches of the South African Rooibosstrauches supply tasty drinks. Strictly Speaking, however, an infusion is meant for the tea enthusiast with the concept „tea“ from leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). It distinguishes basically 3 groups:

- Green tea is unfermented tea, the tea leaves are dried according to their harvest.
- Black tea keeps his dark color through the fermentation of the tea leaves.
- Oolong is an intermediate stage with which the fermentation is stopped after some time.

The dressing of tea is conceivably simple at least outside of Japan. Per cup a deleted or frequent teaspoon full tea into the teapot warmed with hot water is given during the preparation of black tea according to taste. After extra of the corresponding amount of boiling water the tea pulls approx. 3– for 5 minutes, before it is given into the serving-pot pouredly or equally into the cups. The use of tea bags in the case of which the tea is aufgegossen directly in the cup is even simpler. The extra of milk, coffee cream, white or brown sugar candy occurred according to the personal penchants of the tea alcoholic. True tea experts swear, however, on the pure tea taste. The Lovers of the Green Tea do not use more very hot water for the infusion, it is cooled off after the boiling on approx. 90°C. Green tea moves for at most 3 minutes since the taste accepts a gramineous note at longer pulling-duration. The already blanched leaves of the Green Tea can be reused for several infusions, some tea alcoholics prefer even repeatedly blanched leaves.

The tea plant is grown in China since the 8th century. From here it reached around 730 to Japan, where in the 15th century with the Zen-religion the tea ceremony for Europeans extremely complicated which lasted up to 4 hours and today is practised in part still developed, for the first time. Over the trade routes of the Dutch East India Company the tea was brought in the 17th century according to Europe, where he entered upon his victory train continuous until today. First of all the tea was drunk in the European countries near Hofe before he became the everyday life drink for wide population strata. Especially the English tea dance in the foyer is for a long time also to nontea alcoholics concept. Today flavored black tea sorts are popular particularly with younger tea gourmets.

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