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Black Tea

Black Tea

The strongest of all teas in terms of caffeine, Black Tea undergoes an extensive process of drying, rolling and complete oxidation. Even though Black Teas have the highest amount of caffeine among teas derived from Camellia Sinensis, it is still only about half the amount that is in coffee. The flavors of black tea range from delicate and subtle to robust and malty. We'll help you find your favorite Black Tea, whether you prefer the muscatel aroma of our Darjeeling Champagne, our full-bodied English Breakfast, or our spicy and complex Masala Chai.

  • Antioxidants: High
  • Caffeine: High

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Herbal Tea

Unlike black, green, oolong and white teas, herbal teas are not brewed from Camellia Sinensis, but from other various plants, flowers, fruits and herbs. Tisanes also offer their own health benefits, depending on the ingredients: Red Tea (Rooibos) is high in anti-oxidants, while a cup of chamomile tea is said to induce relaxation.

  • Antioxidants: Depends on the type of tea
  • Caffeine: Depends on the type of tea

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Green Tea

Quickly steamed after picking, Green Tea has all the flavor and nutrition of the leaf sealed inside, with very little oxidation occurring. The leaf is delicate, so it should be brewed in water far below boiling – we recommend taking your kettle off the burner for 5-7 minutes after your water has come to a boil. Otherwise, the leaves of the tea will be damaged, and much of the grassy, sweet flavor may be destroyed. Our Sencha grade Green Tea is imported directly form Shizuoka, Japan and blended with Matcha, a high quality stone-ground green tea.

  • Antioxidants: High
  • Caffeine: Medium

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White Tea

White Tea consists of the youngest, most tender leaves of the tea plant. The delicate leaves are simply steamed and left to dry - this means White Tea is the least processed of all teas that are made from Camellia Sinensis. Some studies suggest the minimal processing of White Tea results in higher concentration of antioxidants as compared to black and green teas. Argo Tea is proud to serve high grade Pai Mu Tan (White Peony), which has sweet, almost honey-like undertone in taste.

  • Antioxidants: High
  • Caffeine: Low

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Red Tea

Red Tea is made from a plant called rooibos, which grows only in the Cedarberg mountains of South Africa. Loaded with antioxidants and many minerals such as copper, iron, zinc, manganese and magnesium, Red Tea is said to promote relaxation and alleviate tension and nausea. The emerging potential health benefits, paired with its earthy and robust taste, have allowed Red Tea to continue gaining popularity worldwide. Our Red Tea is organic and imported from South Africa.

  • Antioxidants: High
  • Caffeine: None

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