Rich, bold, dark, intense. If strength is your weakness, then black tea is just the tea for you! Black tea is, by far, the most popular tea in the Western world. If you live where we ship, then black tea may even be your daily brew. However, you may have only scratched the surface of what this versatile tea type has to offer.
Of course, even if your faves aren't listed above, we have plenty of other delightful black teas to choose from, including our best-selling Orange Creamsicle Black Tea, our spicy-sweet Ginger Darjeeling Peach Tea and our sophisticated Organic Royal Gold Yunnan Black Tea. Take some time to explore our collection and find your new favorites or, when in doubt, opt for our Black Tea Sampler. Your taste buds will thank you!
How do I brew black tea?
Most black teas are best brewed for three to five minutes with water that is just barely below boiling. Each of our tea packages includes brewing instructions to make it easy for you. If you brew up your first cup and find that the flavor is too strong, try a shorter brew, slightly cooler water or less leaf next time. And if you'd prefer a bolder flavor, try more leaf, a longer brew or a full boil next time. Guidelines are guidelines, but your tastes are your own!
How much caffeine does black tea have?
Most black teas contain about 45 milligrams of caffeine per cup. That's more than a Coke Classic and under half the amount of caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee. Assam black teas and Yunnan black teas often contain more than 45 milligrams of caffeine per cup, and how you brew your tea will influence the amount of caffeine in the cup.
What are the health benefits of black tea?
Although there's a lot of talk about the health benefits of green tea and white tea, studies are increasingly showing that black tea is a superfood in its own right. Just like green tea and white tea, black tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, and just like those tea types, it's high in antioxidants. And due to its own special types of antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, black tea may have added perks, such as extra heart health benefits that you won't get from green tea.
Drinking a cup of black tea is an experience and a journey through rich, complex flavors. Trying the different types of black tea can create an appreciation for its genesis and numerous benefits.
How is black tea made?
Like green tea and white tea, black tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, black tea processing is different from green tea and white tea processing. Unlike white and green tea, after harvesting it is wilted in a warm, humid environment, rolled or crushed to break the leaves' cell walls, and then the leaves are allowed to oxidize. This process changes its appearance and flavor, much like how a cut apple will turn brown and get sweeter and richer in taste as it's exposed to oxygen. After it has been oxidized just enough, it is heated and dried to stop oxidation and preserve it. Then, it's packaged and shipped to us, where we keep it out of light and heat to preserve its freshness and flavor.
What does the symbol on your black tea packages mean?
So glad you asked! That's the Chinese symbol for "tea" and it's pronounced cha (with a rising tone, like it's a question).
Where does black tea come from?
Black tea is grown in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world (as well as a few outliers, like a greenhouse in England). Most of our black teas come from India and China, which are major producers of high quality black tea. You'll also see "Ceylon" black teas (which hail from Sri Lanka and are known for their quality, too) on our menu.