The Most Common Tea Varieties


Tea is a very popular beverage all around the world. It’s actually the second most taken beverage, just behind water. It’s been consumed for several thousand years and many parts of the world cultivate their own unique varieties. More than 3000 blends of tea are available and more flavors are made every day. With lots of different flavors in the market, it can be hard to pick one. So, here are four of the most common types of tea the world over.

Black tea

The most oxidized among all kinds of tea, black tea is stronger as well and has a higher caffeine content than other types. During oxidation, the tea leaves absorb more oxygen after water is lost. Pu-erh is one black tea variety that’s oxidized twice as much and is therefore more powerful than other black tea types. Black tea is made out of dark brown and black leaves, which are produced during the oxidation process. Although it’s called black tea, it’s indeed crimson in color and the Chinese refer to it as crimson tea.

White tea

White tea is the complete opposite of black tea in that it’s undergoes minimal oxidation. However, the leaves that make white tea are derived from young buds. Of the many kinds of tea, white tea is the most subtle and contains some natural sweetness. Popular kinds of white tea include African white, Assam white, Ceylon white, and Darjeeling white. Studies have shown that white tea’s antibacterial properties are superior to those of green tea. Check out for more details about tea.

Green tea

Being the least oxidized tea type, green tea is the true opposite of black tea. Moreover, it contains the least caffeine content; hardly exceeding 30 %. Regular intake of green tea provides lots of health benefits, such as decreased risk of heart attack and some cancers. Just 10 % of the entire tea produced and consumed around the world is green tea at But it’s rapidly growing in popularity, especially in areas where black tea is the most popular variety.

Oolong tea

Oolong tea at is quite popular among the Chinese and is less oxidized than black tea, but more than green tea. Since it’s one of the best, it’s very expensive as well. It’s the perfect option for those who don’t like the subtle flavor provided by green tea and strong flavor provided by black tea. Based on the leaves used and where it’s cultivated, oolong tea is categorized into many different varieties. No matter which variety you pick, oolong tea is one the best types of tea made in China and has a better taste without sugar or milk.

Whether you’re drinking tea for wellness, or just enjoying the beverage, the most important thing is to find a tea that you love, that suits your taste, mood and occasion.


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