About Chinese tea

We’re glad you asked!

Tea is actually the second most consumed beverage in the world, behind water. It originates from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and is produced in over twenty provinces in China. Of these, Fujian province is internationally renowned for the quality of the tea grown in this region. 

The most famous story surrounding the birth of Chinese tea is of Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, who discovered tea in 2737 BC. He was boiling drinking water, when leaves from a nearby tea tree blew into his cauldron. He was pleasantly surprised by its flavour and refreshing properties. Emperor Shen Nung was a herbalist and recognised Chinese tea for its medicinal qualities. Interest in tea grew quickly in China and it is said tea gradually spread to other parts of the world primarily through travelling monks, Arabic merchants and Dutch sailors.

Over time, tea varieties and processing methods have expanded. However, some of the main tea families are: White tea, Green tea, Oolong tea and Black tea.

Melbourne Tea Festival reported that Australians drank about 7.7 billion cups of tea in 2015 and this figure is expected to increase! So if you are new to tea and are thinking , “why should I drink tea?” – Here’s why.

Chinese tea contains high levels of antioxidants and regular consumption of tea has been linked to significant health benefits. In addition, it has close to zero calories and no fat content when brewed without added sugar or milk. Studies have shown a correlation between tea and the following:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Lowered cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • Reducing hypertension risk
  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • Improving metabolism and fat oxidation
  • Improving bone mineral density
Tea culture is certainly growing in Australia. There are many established tea companies that act as suppliers and “middlemen”. This means that suppliers don’t often know what goes on at the ground level from water quality, to hygiene controls during tea processing. It can also be difficult for tea farmers to reap the rewards of their hard work.

Our family has three generations of tea farmers behind us. With all that experience being passed down from generation to generation, you can be sure of quality chinese tea.

We only offer loose leaf tea because we specialize in producing high-quality whole leaf tea, which is principally available in loose leaf form. Our method of processing tea preserves the integrity of the tea leaf as opposed to crushing, mincing or shredding tea leaves in mass production. Preserving the tea leaf is a traditional method which ensures all the flavours of the tea are delivered straight to your cup. This also means your brew tastes fantastic on your second or third infusion.

Store your loose leaf tea at a constant cool temperature in an airtight container or sealed bag away from light, moisture and strong odours. This will preserve its flavours and aromas.

We do offer disposable tea bags for your convenience at no additional charge. Alternatively, check out our favourite tea infusers!

Brewing the perfect cup of tea is easy.

1. Bring fresh, cold water to boil

2. Warm up your teapot or teacup with a flush of hot water. This enhances tea infusion.

3. Add a teaspoon of tea for each person

4. Add boiled water and leave to infuse for 1-2 minutes for white, green and jasmine teas, 3-4 minutes for oolong, tie kwan yin and pu-erh teas.

Make sure you take in the aromas before you take a sip!

Tip: Our tea leaves can be used for multiple infusions