A cup of tea?
Tea is traditionally classified based on the techniques with which it is produced and processed:
- White tea comes from the buds and leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves and buds are allowed to wither and dry in natural sun.
- Green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.
- Yellow tea is a rare variety of Green Tea. Tea is usually processed similarly to green tea, but with a slower drying phase, where the damp tea leaves are allowed to sit and yellow.
- Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea produced through a unique process including withering the plant under the strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting.
- Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas. All four types are made from leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor than the less oxidized teas.
- Post-fermented tea is a class of tea that has undergone microbial fermentation, from several months to many years.