Tea is undoubtedly a popular beverage and Indian palate countless varieties of this beverage. And brewing and drinking every cup of tea is learning something new with every pot. Its enormous complexities seem to get unfold with every consumption. Now, there are some rules which you can all ‘myths’ about this beverage that leads to misconceptions only.
Time has come that we all get out of these myths and bust them. Have a look…
Myth 1: Caffeine Content in Black Tea is Greater than Green Blends
All kinds of teas contain caffeine. Though some people claim that caffeine content of black blends is more than any other variant, they cannot state the exact amount. Caffeine concentration of brewed tea depends on size of the leaves, its processing style and mode of cultivation. Green tea might contain the same amount of caffeine as black blends. Again, two black brews of a single region might have different levels of caffeine.
For less caffeine in brewed tea, steep it for short time and for more caffeinated tea, brew it for longer time.
Myth 2: Organic Blends are of High Quality
Demand for organic tea has substantially increased over the past years and chief tea producing regions like Darjeeling is engaging more and more into organic cultivation to meet market demands. Even if a tea estate is completely organic but its neighbors are not, then there are chances that it will be affected by pesticides from surrounding neighbor.
Moreover, organic brews do not taste better than conventional teas. At times, they taste worse. Many companies use organic certification only as a label.
Myth 3: Green Tea is Healthier
It is a fact that green teas contain low caffeine and high level of antioxidants as they are least oxidized. However, some green blends contain as much caffeine as black blends. There is no denying of the fact that green tea has antioxidants but this does not mean that it can do miracle in curing all kinds of diseases from allergy to cancer. Meanwhile, there are tea drinkers who report about problems after drinking green tea.
Myth 4: Boiling Water Destroys Delicate Flavor of Teas
Black tea when brewed in hot water provides full-bodied flavor and extracts its benefit and green tea tastes less bitter and sweeter when brewed in cool water. But, this does not entail that all kinds of green tea are brewed in the same manner. The thumb rule is: brewing in hot water obtains dark liquor and robust flavor and brewing in cool water obtains mild and sweet taste.
Myth 5: Black Tea should be Steeped for a Longer Time
Some people tend to provide advice on the time of brewing green or black tea. but, this advice does not stand right as brewing time depends on leaf size, amount of water used and brewing a particular tea needs. Hence, the best practice is to taste as you do it. brewing tea is an art which one learns through trial and error. Thus, these are the common myths that one has to discard right away!