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1-4 Tea Class – Green Tea Intro

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Is Green Tea, Your Tea?…

The tea that some might consider the “original tea” of all tea, the Green Tea.

The most talked about tea in town, most people, if not all, love it and they can’t stop talking about it. It is flavourful, healthy and popular.

So, we don’t want to take so much of your time, that is why we are keeping this video short and simple. A little bit of background and tidbits that will make you one step closer to being the tea hero to your customers.

In this video, you will learn:

1. what makes green tea a healthier choice? Or, is it really the healthier choice?

2. how to know the right kind of green tea for your body type.

3. why some people think that green tea taste bitter?

 

Genmaicha
Genmaicha
In the above video: It must be the most talked about tea, in the sense that when people think about healthy tea, they think about healthy Green tea.

And this is partially because of the industry; the companies of Green tea makers have been actually researching it a lot more than others.

Like many of the Japanese tea companies. They have actually invested their money in a researching.

So gradually people start to think green tea is actually healthier than black tea.

There is definitely a lot of argument and suggestions on you know, one side is right and one side is wrong.

And here, I’m not really going to talk about that, it’s just that sometimes you have to also look at your body type.

I know a friend who would not drink green tea because, after they drunk it they kind feel nauseous, because their body type it’s just not suitable for green tea.

Now, what I would talk about though is the two ways that the green teas are made.

Which will change the tea taste and it creates some different kind of flavors if you will.

So for example, the Chinese green tea is typically finished with roasting. So, what that means is, when they roast dry it the tea taste a little bit more roasty, the tea leaves ten to be a little bit browny not necessary brown brown but, you notice a dark color.

Jasmine Green
Jasmine Green
The really well know Chinese green tea would be the Jasmine tea, which some people thought is just Jasmine flowers but the truth is no, it’s actually jasmine infuse into the green tea.

Then we have Long Jing or the Dragon Well, that’s also a really well known olivy tasting Chinese green tea.

However, if you go for the Japanese ones, they are typically grassier.

If you think about it, if you go to a sushi restaurant, Japanese restaurant, they generally use, or obviously serve you Japanese green tea and they tend to be grassier in taste.

Some people like it, some people don’t. And Japanese green tea actually goes really well with salmon and a lot of sea food dishes.

There are these two different types of projection method set, cause them to you know to create this kind of different taste.

Now the other think that some people say is “I don’t like green tea it taste bitter.”

And we found out actually how they make it and they basically make it with super-hot water.

If your water just off the boil and you pour it on to you green tea, you are killing it you are really killing them.

Do not do that, you need cooler water. Ok?

In fact, if you pour it with tepid water you can add a bit more tea leaves in your pot; you have a flavorful cup, without actually all that bitterness to it.

Long Jing Xihu
Long Jing Xihu
So, this is something that often needs a bit of adjusting because people going to think the hot tea, hot tea you know, you going to think that it got to be so hot, that is only just ok to drink in terms of temperature.

But the fact is no, I mean you can brew it with slightly more tepid type of water and have more tea leaves in it to actually give you a flavorful cup.

That is if obviously like a stronger flavorful cup. But if you like it light, again don’t over brew it and don’t use really hot water.

Cool the water down a little bit you know, just give it a minute of rest or whatever, and then pour the water from your kettle to you tea pot.

So, there you have it a little bit about the green tea. And these last couple of videos talks about black tea and green tea.

Those are obviously the really common types. Now we are adventuring to the exotic ones and the first one that we are going to talk about is Oolong.

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1-3 Tea Class – Black Tea Intro

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We are starting this Tea Class Series with Black Tea.

Since black tea is dominating the western tea drinking world, in this short video, let’s explore:

1. why black tea is becoming in demand and popular?
2. what are some popular black tea?
3. the different processes that your favourite black tea has to go through for you.

Next week we will go and check out Green Tea, as it is rising fast and furious in the tea world!

 

English Breakfast
English Breakfast
In the above video: The good old black tea, they have been around for ages.

Especially in western society, that seem to be the tea that everyone knows. I mean tea? That’s kind of like, what it is?

Well the truth is that it didn’t start that way, I mean, in China where it originated, that actually started more like a green tea.

So, now it’s the black tea that is conquering the world, the western world.

Black tea essentially is a fully fermented tea and it’s that fermentation that makes the tea, you know, you imagine your Camellia leaves like out there, the garden variety and you have those leaves like green.

And how they turn up brown is obviously there’s drying involve and also the fermentation.

And this particular process actually creates the tea for you, which has got this nice flavor with a couple of brew.

Now, Black tea there are all sorts, English breakfast in fact most people don’t realize is that in the good old days.

When it first started, it is actually a mix tea of black tea from different countries like Africa, India, China and so on.

But now most of the English breakfast comes from one single country.

English breakfast, become a very vague term of essentially a black tea that has got pretty good color, pretty aroma and pretty good strength.

Assam Banaspaty
Assam Banaspaty
So when you pour milk on it, it can only look fine.

But the truth is that beyond English breakfast there are a lot of other teas that is definitely absolutely worth trying.

For example, the Indian Assam tea is fantastic to go with milk and sugar; I like it any day over English breakfast.

Darjeeling is a more light to medium type of tea.

Now you might have come across Darjeeling in some of the cafes and unfortunately a lot of them are really crappy.

They just really broken up and they pour gray and people put milk on it.

But the fact is Darjeeling actually taste better on its own or with a slice of lemon because it is so light.

And then there is Ceylon tea, Ceylon tea is a pretty interesting spectrum of tea because some of them are pretty light and others are pretty strong.

Generally, Ceylon tea is known for its aroma.

Ceylon Classic OP
Ceylon Classic OP
So, if you like for example Indian tea for strength and you like Ceylon tea for its aroma, you can mix them together.

The other thing is also that a lot of people, you know, black tea drinkers like their tea strong. Don’t over brew a tea. Don’t brew for half an hour. Please … that’s a bad idea.

Go and double the amount of tea leaves that you put in. Not double the brewing time.

You can brew a tiny bit longer, like typically brewing a black tea would be three minutes, so you may want to go up to four or five but not brewing it forever.

Also not super-hot water either. A lot of people think, off the boil and pour the water in.

You get a lot more bitterness out of that tea, so don’t do that.

Now, black tea if you want it strong, don’t forget, double the tea leaves used not double the brewing time.

If you like light black tea, go on and try a salon large leaf tea or a Darjeeling.

Darjeeling is a little bit smoky and it’s really nice, actually going with creamy sauce pasta.

So there you have it, a little quickie on the black tea and the next one we’re going to talk about is Green tea.

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1-5 Tea Class – Oolong (wulong) Intro

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I can’t get enough of Oolong…

If there is such as thing as “love at first taste”, then that is what exactly happened to me when I first tasted Oolong.

The layers different taste and that element of surprise, I just can’t get enough of it!

I wanted to share this feeling with you and encourage you to be bold and try our Oolong. This course will show you that Oolong is in and everyone is talking about it, even celebrities.

In this video you will learn:

1. what makes Oolong different from other teas.
2. why are there different layers of flavour to it.
3. why I personally like Oolong very much.

 


In the above video: Oolong Tea, have you heard of it? Well, we have been really pushing Oolong tea in the sense of really encouraging customer to try it.

OolongThen all of a sudden, Oprah is pushing it as well, that was some years ago. Oprah talked about it and other one was Dr. Olsen or something.

All of a sudden everyone was raging, really going, you know, and the phone was ringing hard saying can I have more Oolong?

I will promote that show; it’s really good for weight loss and stuff like that. It’s really interesting this magical media is.

Anyway, Oolong, if you think about black tea being the fully fermented really strong couple of brew cup of tea and the green tea that unfermented sort of a grassy brew, Oolong sets in between, its partially fermented.

And what I mean is, if it’s heavier fermented, it will taste like kind of black tea and then if it’s lightly fermented it will be more like of green tea.

Oolong is actually a very big umbrella term because there’s a really wide range of tea there.

The other thing about Oolong is that, you will find that some of it is kind of stripy, long stripy with sort of a bit of twirl to it.

The others are sort of a beady like, really tightly twirl beads and they present different flavors and also in terms of brewing, they are also bit different.

If you think about the long stripy tea leaves, put it in the tea pot and put hot water in, there’s a large area that is going to be absorbing the water, so the flavor is releasing really quickly.

GinShanCreme_White_Dragon23While the beady ones, you just think about the water heat it and then it’s just going to grab the outside, so the first infusion is going to be light and as leaves will open up and there will be more area that is touching the water, so you get a more flavorful of cup.

Some of the customers would say that the 2nd or the 3rd cup is actually the nice one to drink.

However, the first cup is also really nice but it gives you this different kind of experience and that’s why I personally love Oolong because there’s that layering effect.

The first cup tends to be really fragrant for it really exhibits the fragrance of Oolong versus the 2nd and the 3rd where it’s more of a flavor.

There are a lot of people who would also suggest you to make Oolong more than 3 infusions because you can and because it’s still opening up. It really depends on how tightly twirl they are and how hot your water and of course your brewing time.

So, some people would really say “oh yeah you could make 10 brews out of it”. Now I need to tell you this, yes you can, but what they are really saying is they’re using little cup and little tea pots in making 10 cups and they put a lot of tea leaves in that versus the western way of making tea, it’s typically not like that.

You know 1 teaspoon for tea leaves and then relatively large tea pots that can make 2-3 cups, so the proportional water of tea leaves is really different.

If you tell me that you’re going to try to use the same tea leaves 10 times for 10 brews, forget about it the tea, is going to be bland like crazy, So, no you don’t do that.

So that thing about 10 infusions and what not… is only kind of true to that traditional Chinese way of brewing it.

Don’t worry too much about using that as a way of judging the tea, you also need to look out for how much brewing you’re going to get out of that.

Because if you’re having it in the morning before work, are you really going to make 3 brews or 10 brews, you may not have that time.

Dao Hong Pao
Dao Hong Pao

So even if you buy some super-duper good tea leaves and you just going to brew it once, the tea leaves really haven’t really got the chance to totally opening when you’re already gone out of the door for work.

So have a look at it from that perspective as well and since Oolong are large leaves and often they are not broken up, it’s one of those tea that I might say, only good to drink loose leaf.

Don’t get tea bags, tea bags has got not enough room for the tea leaves to expand, they need to be liberated and totally bad idea.

So Oolong is perfect if you like green tea, it’s a really nice way to get into different kinds of tea that is still kind of light

If you are really kind of a black tea drinker and you want to skip milk, drink healthier and find something that is good for digestion, Oolong is your tea.

But go for the darker brew ones; look for ones that have really dark leaves Wuiyi Shui Xian or Dao Hong Po.

Of course if you are a Green tea drinker, go for the lighter ones like Formosa, Green Jade, Tie Guan Yin Light.

So there you have it, a little bit about Oolong.

The next one we’re going to talk about is White tea!

Not quite the white tea with like Black tea with milk, it’s the milk less tea. Let’s check it out!

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1-2 Tea Class – Tea Types Intro

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Tea Types…

I love the saying “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Truth is there are always better stuff out there but if you never have someone showing you the options, you might never discover them.

Imagine life without oolong? I can’t now.

I love oolong, I never fell in love with green tea or black tea. They are nice, but oolong is great! I love its layering of taste, and I would never knew this magical tea if I didn’t open my mind to trying all types of tea.

So I hope you would open your mind and get to know different tea types too. In this video, we covered in brief the 6 tea types as well as herbal and fruit “teas”. Enjoy!

 

 

00XXN5PIn the above video: Tea types… how many are there, do you know? Let’s count them… Black tea, Green Tea, Oolong, White Tea, Pu-erh, extra point if you know Yellow Tea.

So you can see that there are six of them and how about herbal tea if you may ask, herbal tea, strictly speaking, is not actually a tea, because it’s not made from Camellia Sinensis comparing to all the other ones.

Fruit infusion again some people call it fruit tea and it is misleading because both herbal infusion and fruit infusions they don’t typically have tea in it, like no black tea, green tea and so on.

But people call a tea, I mean it’s a sort of a convenient term but the fact is that there are only herbs in it, like ginger tea typically it’s just ginger.

So if your customer come to you and say hey, have you got some ginger tea? Get them to define whether they mean that it’s just ginger or whether it’s ginger with black tea and so on.

Of course you will also find customers who don’t really know and they might just said “oh my friend said ginger tea is good to drink after pregnancy” and what not.

So that would be something that you need to help them to define by really understanding their need. And if it’s just that particular request good after pregnancy or after child birth actually it’s just ginger.

You can have a little black tea in it, that wouldn’t harm but if you are breast feeding, probably you need to take care of that caffeine intake.

Speaking of tea, yes all tea has got caffeine except for herbal and fruit infusion because they are not actually made from Camellia Sinensis so that would be different.

Most herbal infusions don’t have caffeine. There are few that do have it such as Yerba Mate tea, so just keep that in mind.

With fruit infusion often there is a misconception that the dried fruit in the tea gives out that fruity flavor, the truth is no the fruit doesn’t have enough punge and its flavor to really flavor your whole cup of liquid.

So, the fruit tea or fruit infusion, in order to get that flavor they go after, you need to add flavor to it and most of the time its natural flavor.

trademainThere will be times that there will be what they call a nature identical flavor which basically means it’s a part man-made and they make as an enhancer to the part natural flavor.

Whether its strawberry, peach, pineapple and stuff like that, so just keep that in mind.

With all the teas with typical properties, we are really talking about something that has got caffeine in it. It’s a natural component in tea.

Someone is asking for decaffeinated tea, you need to keep in mind there is no such tea as decaffeinated tea like totally removing caffeine from the tea, again it’s a misconception.

There’s still a small percentage of caffeine in decaffeinated tea and it is a chemical process and that’s why we don’t sell decaffeinated tea.

We don’t believe in it, it’s just iffy as well, the tea often taste washed out.

So, we have 2 suggestions that one should use, one is we suggest that one should use the hot water mapper to reduce the caffeine to help reduce the caffeine content because caffeine is water soluble.

So your first cup of tea often has the most caffeine so don’t drink it.

Use them to warm cups, feed the plants, and use it for washing your dishes.

There’s perfect goodness in it but if you prefer to not drink it because of the caffeine in it, yeah remove it.

Yeah so we’re talking about just hot watering maybe 10 seconds and get rid of it. Then enjoy it from the second brew onwards and pour it properly from the second cup.

The other way is simply go for herbal tea like Rooibos; it’s a very good herbal infusion that is caffeine free, taste kind of like black tea so there are different options there.

Let’s recap, we have Black tea, Green Tea Oolong, White Tea, Pu-erh, and Yellow Tea they are the proper tea, tea and then there is the herbal infusion and the fruit infusions.

So there you have it, I hope you enjoy this video about tea types.

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1-2 Tea Class – Tea Types Intro

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Tea Types…

I love the saying “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Truth is there are always better stuff out there but if you never have someone showing you the options, you might never discover them.

Imagine life without oolong? I can’t now.

I love oolong, I never fell in love with green tea or black tea. They are nice, but oolong is great!

I love oolong for its layering of taste, and I would never knew this magical tea if I didn’t open my mind to trying all types of tea.

So I hope you would open your mind and get to know different tea types too. In this video, we covered in brief the 6 tea types as well as herbal and fruit “teas”. Enjoy!

 

 

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1-1 Tea Class – Welcome

Tea Selection

Looking to start your tea business, but not sure how to start?

Or you feel you need to be more knowledgeable in tea before you can start?

In this intro video, we cover 2 key areas you need to master in order to successfully run a tea business.

We introduce you to Tea101 for Tea Biz in this video for give you the fundamentals on tea.

This Tea 101 for Tea Biz training is for both new and experienced tea lovers. We cover tea basics from a tea seller perspective.

There is also an important question in this video. Think about this and jot down your thoughts before moving to the next video.