Posted by: optionshiftk | May 23, 2008

Adagio teas

Ever since I can remember, I have always had a passion for teas and coffee. Like millions of americans, I would buy bagged tea at the local megamart,unaware of the bottom of the barrel reality. You see, when you go into the store and buy big brand name tea,(lipton, Tetley)you are getting the lowest grade tea on the market. Luckily, there are alternatives. Gourmet tea has become extremely popular in the last 5 years. These gourmet tea companies provide high quality tea for an affordable price, and sometimes even will custom blend a tea of your choice. I decided to invest my teas funds in a company called Adagio teas. This company has made its name in the online  tea business. This online mercantile has been endorsed by teas fanatic kevin Rose on his weekly podcast diggnation.

If you are curious about the tea scene, I recommend going to adagio tea dot com and purchasing there affordable($19US) starter kit. THis kit is a great way to be introduced to the thrilling world of teas. THere is probably more enough varieties of tea for every day of the year. Each variant offers its own special, unique quality. The starter kit comes with 4 samples of tea loose tea, a tea infuser(filter out the tea leaves), and a nifty little handbook about teas. 

My overall experience with the adagio tea company has been a positive one. Previously, I was blind to the thriving online( and offline) tea community. Adagio has some awesome links to tea forums and message boards. Believe it or not, there is a such thing as a tea connoisseur. Yep, this fanatics are extremely passionate about there tea and travel around the world tasting different teas unique to certain regions of the world. 

Just as wine has thousands of variants, tea also is quite diverse. One common misconception is that green tea, white tea, and black tea come from different plants. This is completely incorrect. In fact, there is no difference between these varieties. All “tea” coms form the same plant,( Camille sinus) but what varies is the oxidation of the leaves. Black tea is oxidized the most, followed by oolong, then green, and the least of all white tea. Green tea is most traditional in china and asia in general, while black tea( A.K.A english breakfast tea) is a european staple. Typically, green tea is drunk with ought milk or sugar, but black teas being more potent is almost always accompanied with milk and sugar.No matter how you think of tea, there is a variety of tea out there for you to love and cherish.

 

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