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Black tea is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties; all four varieties are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas. In Chinese black tea is known as red tea; a more accurate description of the color of the liquid. In Chinese, "black tea" is a commonly used classification for post-fermented teas, such as Pu-erh tea. However, in the western world, "red tea" more commonly refers to South African rooibos tisane.

Brewing Instructions:

Generally a teaspoon of black tea per cup should be used. Black teas should be prepared with boiling water and steeped 3-4 minutes. Black teas that will be served with milk or lemon should be steeped a little longer, 4-5 minutes.

History:

While green tea usually loses its flavor within a year, black tea retains its flavor for several years. For this reason, it has long been an article of trade, and compressed bricks of black tea even served as a form of de facto currency in Mongolia, Tibet and Siberia into the 19th century. It was known since the Tang dynasty that black tea steeped in hot water could also serve as a passable cloth dye for the lower classes that couldn't afford the better quality clothing colors of the time. However, far from being a mark of shame, the "brown star" mark of the dying process was seen as much better than plain cloth and held some importance as a mark of the lower merchant classes through the Ming Dynasty. Traditionally, black tea was the only tea known to Western culture. Although green tea has been gradually increasing in popularity, black tea still accounts for over ninety percent of all tea sold in the West.

Health Benefits:

A 2001 Boston University study has concluded that short and long-term black tea consumption reverses endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. This finding may partly explain the association between tea intake and decreased cardiovascular disease events. In 2006, a German study concluded that the addition of milk prevents vascular protective effects of tea.

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Thumbnail of Nepali Noir | Organic
This premium black tea produced at Kanchanjangha Tea Estate has a distinct brisk flavor, with a malty body and notes of raisins and dark chocolate. Grown in the Himalayas, the aromas of fresh fruit and flowers with hints of caramel are enhanced by the high-elevation growing conditions.

Thumbnail of Wakoucha Japanese Black | Organic
Organic Wakoucha is a stunning demonstration of rare Japanese black teas. It has a clean amber red hue when brewed, and the aroma is sweet and floral. It has a prominent juicy sweetness with notes of chrysanthemum and clove and leaves a lingering honeyed floral finish.
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This beautiful decaffeinated black offers a true malty flavor, with brassy highlights. Brews thick and full-bodied in the preference and style of Ireland. Grown in rich volcanic soil in the high-altitude of Nandi Hills in Kenya. Certified by Ethical Tea Partnerships.

Note that using a more leaves per cup is a common approach when brewing decaffeinated teas, as they do brew a little lighter.

Thumbnail of Tanzania Black | Organic
The soil conditions and altitude in the Usambara Mountain estate combine to give this Assamese varietal distinctive fruit notes in compliment to the traditional malted flavor profile.
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Courtlodge is a highly regarded Ceylon estate, and this Co2 decaffeinated Flowery Pekoe black tea retains its distinction and quality. Lovely alone, hot or iced, or with cream/sugar to taste.
$4.50 Decaf Ceylon
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For a decaf, this cup is decidedly self-assured with floral notes, medium body, balanced astringency, and a long finish. Enjoy as is, hot or iced, or compliment with milk.

Note that using a more leaves per cup is a common approach when brewing decaffeinated teas, as they do brew a little lighter.

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So much decadence, but without the caffeine! This beautiful brew is smooth and sweet, with a medium body.

Note that using a more leaves per cup is a common approach when brewing decaffeinated teas, as they do brew a little lighter.

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This rich and fruity blend is perfect for drinking too much iced tea on a hot afternoon, or, brewed hot for a bold and satisfying treat without the caffeine. Takes cream nicely if you desire a berries and cream experience!

Note that using a more leaves per cup is a common approach when brewing decaffeinated teas, as they do brew a little lighter.

Thumbnail of Vietnam Black | Organic
A relative new comer to the international tea world, Vietnam Black holds up to its name brewing up as a deep, dark mahogany color and bold and robust on the palate. Flavor profile is woodsy with lingering malty qualities and a sweet, smooth finish. A solid, black tea that is quite enjoyable on its own but takes milk and sugar quite well. This tea may give Assam tea new competition for space on your counter!
Thumbnail of New Mexico Breakfast Blend | Organic
This blend of pure black tea resonates with the waters of the land and says, "Good Morning!" in a cup. Or "Hello Evening! We're going to be working late together," for those days you just need to hustle. Blended specifically to work well with New Mexico tap water, but is also a beautifully blended breakfast tea with any water. Flavor notes are subtle and sweet, and still come through with subsequent steepings. Enjoy with milk and cream or chilled as an iced tea.
Thumbnail of Tropical Paradise | Organic
If you love tropical drinks but still want a bit of caffeine, this is the drink for you. Make it a party favorite as a cold steep concentrate blended with spritzer to beat those long, hot days. (Also delicious as a hot brew.)
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The bees and the flowers work in harmony to create this beautiful floral blend that sings of fields of rose bushes sweetened with a hint of honey. Not too floral and not too sweet; just the right blend for an afternoon treat!
$3.25 India Rose
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This Insta-Chai is an exotic blend of tea, spices, sugar, and milk. Blended to taste like a chai you would find served by the road-side tea stalls found in EVERY city/town/village in India. Just add a cup of hot water to 2 tablespoons of mix and stir.
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Rich, decadent, and EASY! Just like hot cocoa, this Insta-Vanilla Tea is a great way to enjoy tea on the go. Brew it hot or cold! No need to worry about steep time; just scoop 2 tablespoons of the powder, add a cup of hot water, stir and you instantly have a great cup of pre-sweetened Vanilla Black Tea.
Thumbnail of Insta - Cardamom Chai
Spicy, decadent, and EASY! Just like hot cocoa, this Insta-Cardamom Chai is a great way to enjoy chai on the go. Brew it hot or cold! No need to worry about steep time; just scoop 2 tablespoons of the powder, add a cup of hot water, stir and you instantly have a great cup of pre-sweetened Cardamom Chai.
Thumbnail of Insta - Ginger Chai
Spicy, decadent, and EASY! Just like hot cocoa, this Insta-Ginger Chai is a great way to enjoy Ginger Chai on the go. Brew it hot or cold! No need to worry about steep time; just scoop 2 tablespoons of the powder, add a cup of hot water, stir and you instantly have a great cup of pre-sweetened Ginger Chai.
Thumbnail of Insta - Turmeric Chai
Just like hot cocoa, this Insta-Turmeric Chai is a great way to enjoy Turmeric Chai on the go. Brew it hot or cold! No need to worry about steep time; just scoop 2 tablespoons of the powder, add a cup of hot water, stir and you instantly have a great cup of pre-sweetened Turmeric Chai.
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A fun blend of caramel, apples, butterscotch and spices that recall the enjoyment of a county fair or autumn harvest.
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The same great spice taste of our Masala chai, but made with a decaffeinated black tea from Ceylon. To get the best taste, we recommend twice the usual serving of tea, 2 tsp, as decaffeinated teas do tend to be milder.
$3.75 Decaf Chai
Thumbnail of Persian Tea | Organic
This tea is inspired by the palate preferences of Persia. The citrus flavor of bergamot is lightly blended with crushed spicy cardamom giving a unique taste your sure to enjoy. Takes milk and sugar beautifully.
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