Weaver's Breakfast Blend Tea is composed of black teas from Africa, India and China and has flavor notes that are subtle, brisk, yet tangy with the characteristics of high-altitude tea gardens. Breakfast Blend Tea is mild, balanced and smooth allowing the natural citrus finish to tease the palate.
Cameilla Sinensisis an evergreen plant that grows best in hot, humid areas with plentiful rainfall in well-draining soil. Most tea grown for commercial use is grown on estates or smallholdings which can be as small as half a hectare. When grown on the estates, the tea plant needs three to five years to reach maturity before it can be plucked. Once the tea plant has reached maturity, tea farmers will pick the tea leaves every week to two weeks, usually by hand, until the plant has regrown enough for the tea plucking process to start over. Once the leaves have been hand-plucked, they are weighed and processed on the estate or sent to another estate for processing.
The difference between green tea and black tea is in the way that the leaves are processed after they have been plucked. When they process black tea, the leaves are harvested and withered, but not heated up. Instead, they are torn, crushed, or rolled, which allows the leaves to start oxidizing. When the tea oxidizes, it changes colors and turns shades of dark brown and red, as well as becoming stronger in flavor.
Basically, Black Tea is any variety of Camellia Sinensis that undergoes a multi-step process of withering, rolling, oxidation and firing. Black tea requires full oxidation of the leaves to develop the specific character, color, flavor and aromas that define some of the world’s most beloved teas.
Brew Breakfast Blend Tea hot and serve. If you are in the mood for iced tea, let it cool and pour it over ice.