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Tea in PortugalCamellia Sinensis is the scientific name of the plant where all teas that you know come from.
Camellia sinensis is mainly cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates, largest producers in the world are China, India, Japan, Vietnam and there are more than 3000 varieties of tea, each one with its own specific characteristics.
Black, green, oolong, white, yellow and pu-erh teas are all harvested from Camellia Sinensis, but they are processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation.  

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Black tea leaves are more oxidized (also referred as fermentation) and fully dried compared to white, oolong and green tea.
It is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine.

The processing of green tea is similar to white tea but the leaves are less oxidized. After the leaves are plucked, they are (sometimes) laid out to wither for about 8 to 24 hours. This lets most of the water evaporate. Then, in order to neutralize the enzymes thus preventing oxidation, the leaves are steamed or pan fried. Next the leaves are rolled up in various ways and tightness. After that, a final drying takes place. Since almost no oxidation took place, the tea has more of a green appearance.

Oolong tea, which is also known as partially oxidized tea, is produced through a unique process including withering under the strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting leaves. Its taste is similar to green tea, but it has full body as black tea.

White tea comes from delicate buds of young leaves of the tea plant. It is lightly oxidized tea, grown and harvest almost exclusively in China – Fujian Province. Its flavor is creamy, soft and sweet.

Yellow tea is a rarity from Anhui, Sichuan and Hunan provinces in China. Being a very refreshing tea, its process of oxidization is similar to green tea but with a slower drying phase.

Pu-erh is a variety of post fermented tea, very typical from the Yunnan province, China. This is the type of production in which the aged leaves undergo a microbial fermentation process after they are dried and rolled.

Herbal teas are all the other general herbs and bushes whose leaves are picked dried. These are frequently blended with flowers and fruits, which we call Herbal Infusions.

Flavored and Scented teas are about creating a perfect balance with teas, flavors, herbs and flowers.

This is the result of our Kushbu Teas… appreciate our flavored tea!

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