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Tea is defined as any combination of stems and/or leaves of the plant ‘camellia sinensis’ whereby those constituents undergo a refinement process of rolling and/or heating to yield a dry product which, when infused in hot water, produces a fragrant, consumable beverage.
Wondering what differentiates the many types of tea? Tea can loosely be classified according to degree of oxidation; black, oolong, or pu erh teas being oxidized, either partially or fully, where green, white, or yellow are unoxidized. Oxidation is often incorrectly referred to as “fermentation”. As yellow tea is still quite rare, we do not cover it here.