About Tea

Tea, or its botanical name ”Camellia Sinensis”, is an evergreen shrub or tree grown in tropical and subtropical areas. The tradition of drinking tea in China goes back more than 5000 years. Today India and China are the world’s largest producers of tea. Sri Lanka is also a large producer of tea and is the world leader in tea export. The plants prefer slightly acid soil and grow from the sea level up to 2500 metres above sea level. If the tea plant is left without pruning and picking of the leaves it can grow to a height of up to 30 metres. Tea plants grown on higher altitudes are smaller and grow slower but give the best quality and a more flavourful tea than teas grown in hotter conditions on the lowlands. Conditions such as temperature and humidity, but also the time of the year, the time of day, the altitude of the plantation and where on the plant the leaves are harvested are all important factors for the quality of the tea, but also the skills of the picker and how the tea is processed after harvesting is affecting the quality. The name tea comes from Chinese and other Asian languages; chai, chi, tay, tchai or cha. In our western culture the word chai has come to mean a spiced tea with frothed milk. The word chai means just tea. In India tea is commonly boiled together with milk and spices.

Tamborine Tea

With more than 270 different types of tea, Tamborine Tea has the largest selection of quality loose leaf teas in Australia. Fantastic variety of black, green, oolong, white and puerh teas as well as fruit and herbal infusions. Constantly searching for new blends and exotic teas, we have something for every palate. We also stock a range of around 20 different types of gourmet coffee beans.

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