Most people are surprised when they hear that all types of true teas come from the same plant. However, the nature of the Camellia sinensis plant, as well as weather and soil conditions determine the final flavor of the tea. The main factor that determines the color a tea plant turns is based on the level of oxidation the tea leaves experience after being plucked. Although all varieties of tea discussed below, other than Rooibos (or red tea), come from the same plant, they all boast unique characteristics. We’ve explored four of the major types of teas so you can see how they differ from one another.
That steaming hot cup of joe that we all recognize and love is the end result of a long coffee roasting process. So how does coffee make its way from a small, green bean into the final morning cup of coffee? Roasting transforms the chemical and physical characteristics of the coffee bean to prepare it for consumption while allowing for the flavor of the coffee bean to change, resulting in its robust flavor and taste. Finding the perfect balance of roasting is optimal for producing the most delicious coffee.
Today, you can easily grab a cup of coffee from the office coffee service, so it’s hard to think that there could ever have been a time when coffee wasn’t one of the most universally enjoyed beverages around the world.