Scroll down and read more about our loose leaf black tea adventures. Since we love our customers, our goal is to create the most enjoyable and beautiful tea and herbal blends for our CommuniTea Center family.
(Or, if you’re ready to purchase loose leaf black tea, head directly to our web store!)
What is Black Tea?
Black tea comes from Camellia sinensis, the same plant as other types of tea (green, white, etc.). What sets it apart is that the leaves are fully oxidized. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when the enzymes in the leaf contact oxygen in the air. (It’s also the same process when you slice an apple and the pieces turn brown over time.) When black tea oxidizes, the green leaves turn a rich coppery brown.
Why Loose Leaf Black Tea?
Even though they all come from the same “stuff,” loose leaf black tea is considered superior to traditional tea bags. Why? Well, the tiny pieces in tea bags are usually low quality dust and fannings broken off from larger tea leaves. The naturally-occurring essential oils that give the tea its yummy flavor and aroma evaporate really quickly from the tiny pieces. As a result, your teacup contains a rather blah brew.
On the other hand, properly infusing loose leaf black tea allows the hot water to surround every inch of the tea,
producing a fresh, full flavor. Yum!
What are the Health Benefits of Loose Leaf Black Tea?
First of all, all true teas (including black tea) contain some level of antioxidants called flavonoids (like EGCG), which may help against the free radical damage. Free radical damage is thought to contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.
Furthermore, there is promising research suggesting black tea may decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, including your risk of a stroke. It may also help lower cholesterol and potentially prevent a blood sugar level spike in diabetics. Black tea contains a type of carbohydrate called polysaccharides, which slows blood sugar absorption and therefore, may help manage diabetes (Read about it here).
Random Fun Fact:
In Asia, the term for “black tea” is actually “red tea” (for example, “hong cha” in Chinese), referring to the color of the infusion made by steeping the leaves. However, the Chinese do drink “black tea,” referring to a fermented type of tea. But here in the West, we call it “pu-erh tea,” and we generally use “red tea” to describe infusions made with rooibos, an herb out of South Africa. Rather confusing, huh?
General Steeping Tips for Loose Leaf Black Tea
- Serving size: Use 1 teaspoon to 1 heaping teaspoon loose leaf black tea per 8 oz water
- Water temperature: 205°-Boiling
- Steep Time: 3 to 5 minutes. Then, be sure to remove the tea leaves to prevent bitterness.
To take the guesswork out, each package of CommuniTea Center tea has recommendations for preparing one serving of that tea. For further reading and steeping tips, check out All About Teas!
If you are interested in serving, retailing, or private-labeling loose leaf black tea (or any other tea type/s), please visit our Wholesale Inquiry page.
(O) = 95% or more organic ingredients
Chai Delight (O)– $4 sample/$12 2oz
This is CommuniTea Center’s recipe for a classic masala chai. It’s a Darjeeling tea base with yummy spices, including ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. It also has real vanilla bean pieces. It’s simply delightful… hence the name, “Chai Delight”!
Earl Grey Cream (O)– $2 sample/$10 2oz
What differentiates traditional Earl Grey from other black teas is the addition of oil of bergamot, a citrus fruit from Italy.
CommuniTea Center’s “Earl Grey Cream” goes one step further and incorporates the creaminess of vanilla as well. Try it plain, or with milk and sugar. It pairs wonderfully with scones, too. So yum!
Just Peachy (O)– $2 sample/$12 2oz
First of all, our recipe starts with a yummy, well-balanced base of both Indian and Chinese black teas. Also, the natural peach flavor is delicious–just like a fresh-picked, sun-ripened peach!! Try it hot, add milk and sugar, or even ice it. Any way you serve it, “Just Peachy” is just delicious!
Vanilla Bliss (O)– $2 sample/$12 2oz
Dictionary.com defines “bliss” as “supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.” If you could capture that feeling in a tea, the result would be “Vanilla Bliss.”
It’s an organic black tea with chopped pieces of real vanilla pods and rich vanilla extract. It’s smooth, sweet, and decadent. This tea is also amazing on its own or as the basis of a tea latte. Our current favorite: an iced “Vanilla Bliss” tea latte made with organic vanilla almond milk and a little honey. Mmm…
Very Berries and Cream (O) – $2 sample/$10 2oz
This is our new version of “Very Berry Black.” We start with a delicious, full-bodied Indian black tea, then add sweet strawberries, tangy blackberries, and creamy vanilla. Overall, the combination is so balanced and satisfying. This even makes a wonderful dessert tea, minus the calories of dessert!!
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