Loose Leaf Jasmine Tea
Floral Scented Tea: Delicate, Lovely, & Fascinating
So What’s the Story on Jasmine?
Hopefully you’ve had the pleasure of smelling fresh jasmine while out for a walk on a warm summer evening. Since those small, 1-inch flowers bloom at night, they release their intoxicating, inviting aroma only after dark.
There are over 200 different species of jasmine, growing in shrubs or vines. Although some species of jasmine are so ancient that their origin is uncertain, it’s most likely that jasmine originated in the Middle East and subtropical areas of Asia. However, today, it grows all over the world in areas with a moderate climate. Of those 200 species, we generally cultivate 2 for tea: common jasmine and sampaguita.
How Do You Make Loose Leaf Jasmine Tea?
Although there are a variety of ways to make jasmine tea, the best method is a process that’s 800 years old: scenting!
As mentioned above, jasmine flowers bloom at night, so the buds are picked early in the day, when they’re still closed. Then, they’re kept cool until evening, when they start to open. Next, artisans layer the buds with dried tea leaves or mix them all together. The tea is highly absorbent and soaks up the fragrance and flavor from the flowers. This absorption process takes several hours, or overnight. Finally, the flowers are removed, leaving behind their sweet scent.
Depending on the tea and the style of the tea master, the scenting process will usually be repeated, up to 7 times for the highest quality teas. But no matter how many repetitions, the tea is carefully dried in the end, to remove any moisture remaining from the jasmine.
On the other hand, lower quality jasmine teas often contain jasmine flavoring—be it essential oil, natural flavors, or artificial flavors. Either way, “flavored” jasmine tea is not the same as the “scented” kind!
Please scroll down to read more about CommuniTea Center’s loose leaf jasmine tea blends!
(O) = contains 95% or more organic ingredients
Jasmine Green (O)– $2 sample/$12 2oz
Our loose leaf jasmine tea is, of course, scented–not flavored. The high quality green tea base originates in Hubei Province in central China. It’s grown by a 2,000-member co-op: the Xuan’en Fair Trade Organic Tea Cooperative. The Fair Trade designation guarantees that tea farmers in impoverished or developing areas receive fair wages and community investment, in safe and environmentally-sustainable conditions.
The funds raised from sales of their teas have enabled Xuan’en Co-op members to establish a local hospital, pay the tuition of students from tea farming families, develop roads from tea fields to factory, and improve access to fresh water for drinking and irrigation.
Drink good–do good! 🙂
Peach Jasmine (O)– $2 sample/$8 1oz
Consistently one of our most popular teas, “Peach Jasmine” is a lovely combination of fruit and floral tastes! In addition to the natural peach essence and jasmine scent, we add a subtle blend of tangerine and orange essential oils, giving the tea that “je ne sais quoi.” As a result, it’s light, refreshing, and perfectly balanced!