Delicious hot or iced, a single type or an aromatic tea blend, with or without milk or sweetener, tea is a beloved beverage around the world. In fact, tea is the second most widely consumed drink worldwide, second only to water.
To many tea aficionados, the word "tea" refers only to tea from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), including black, pu-erh, oolong, green, and white teas.
All of these teas are from the same tea plant, but each is processed differently.
The Camellia sinensis tea plant is grown on tea estates in different countries around the world - China, Sri Lanka, Kenya, India, Japan, and more. These tea plantations share their teas with us, inviting us to experience exotic flavors, aromas, and locales we've only dreamed of.
And, for many of us, the answer to the question, "What is tea?", includes not only teas from the tea plant, but herbal teas or 'tisanes,' such as Rooibos, chamomile, and peppermint teas, as well.