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Our Tea Matrix below, will help you understand
a bit about tea terminology and describes all of
our tea selections.

Tea Matrix

Tea is an infusion made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush, Camellia sinensis, in hot water for a few minutes. The processing can include oxidation, heating, drying, and the addition of other herbs, flowers, spices, and fruits. The four basic types of true tea are (in order from most to least processed): black tea, oolong tea, green tea, and white tea.
Tea is a natural source of the amino acidtheanine, methylxanthines such as caffeine and theobromine,and polyphenolicantioxidantcatechins. It has almost no carbohydrates, fat, or protein. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringentflavor.
The word tea came into the English language from the Chinese word for tea (), which is pronounced in the Min Nanspoken variant.
Black Tea
Black tea is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties.
All four varieties are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas. Most black tea is grown in India, China, Kenya and Indonesia.
Flavored Tea
Flavored tea is the general name for any tea where a flavor has been applied. The most popular teas to flavor are green and black. Usually a natural liquid flavoring is used but other common flavorings might include spices, flowers, fruits and fruit rinds. Today it is possible to drink almost any flavor you can imagine.
Green Tea
Green tea (simplified Chinese: 绿; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: lǜchá; Japanese: 緑茶; ryokucha) is a "true" tea, meaning it is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis, and has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It is very low in caffeine.
Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan to the Middle East. Recently, it has become more widespread in the West. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where it is grown and can differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, processing and harvesting time.
Over the last few decades green tea has begun to be subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and contracting certain types of cancer.
Herbal Tea
The term herbal teausually refers to infusions of fruit or of herbs (such as rosehip, chamomile, or jiaogulan) that contain no Camellia sinensis. Alternative terms for herbal tea that avoid the word "tea" are tisane and herbal infusion.
Oolong Tea
Oolong (Chinese: ) is a traditional Chinese tea somewhere between green and black in oxidation. It ranges from 10% to 70% oxidation.
In Chinese tea culture, semi-oxidized oolong teas are collectively grouped as qīngchá (Chinese: ; literally "blue-green tea"). Oolong has a taste more akin to green tea than to black tea: it lacks the rosy, sweet aroma of black tea but it likewise does not have the stridently grassy vegetal notes that typify green tea. The best Oolong has a nuanced flavor profile. It is commonly brewed to be strong, with the bitterness leaving a sweet and pleasant aftertaste.
Oolong tea leaves are often processed and rolled into long curly leaves or into ball-like form similar to gunpowder tea. It is commonly served in Chinese restaurants, to accompany dim sum and other Chinese food.
Puerh, Puer Tea
Pu-erh tea, usually a green tea, is prized in China for its health benefits. It is harvested from old, large leaf varieties of tea plants in Yunan Provence, where is undergoes several unique processing steps, mainly a form of composting. The leaves are constantly turned and carefully monitored for moisture and temperature. Once this process is completed, the finished pu-erh teas are stored and allowed to age, sometimes up to 50 years.
Tea Descriptions

500 Mile Chai
Organic black tea with ginger, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon
Blue Eyes
Blend of hibiscus petals, rose-hip chips, dried apple pieces, dried sweet orange peel, cornflower petals, natural flavors
Dung Ti Oolong
Taiwan; The name does not have the same implications in Chinese as in English. Named for Mount Dung Ding, the previous name of Taiwan. Tightly rolled very smooth, light floral notes and haunting finish. Luxury oolong tea.
Earl Grey
Sri Lanka; Orange Pekoe. Flavored with the oil from the citrus bergamot fruit, a sort of orange. Unbelievable aroma and taste.
Formosa Gunpowder Green Taiwan; a high quality green tea. Called gunpowder because the shape of the tea is small round green balls resembling gunpowder.
Formosa Oolong Oolong Taiwan; semi fermented, thin liquor and a bakey but somewhat sweet fruity character. Premium oolong tea.
Genmaicha (popcorn tea) Green Fire-toasted rice. During the firing process, some of the rice 'pops' and looks like popcorn.
Green Tea Spice Chai
Gunpowder tea with cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin seed, sweet cumin seeds, curry leaves, lemon grass, ramp leaves
Guava Green

China; Japan Sencha style. Luxury green tea, natural dried papaya pieces, safflower petals, natural flavors.

Hawaii Kookoolau
with Lemon Grass
Caffeine Free
Hawaii; Herbal. Ko'oko'olau (Bidens hawaiiensis)(Bidens Pilosa). 100% Hawaiian. Used in ancient and modern times to promote good health, cleanse the body, prevent strokes, diabetes, constipation, and revive the appetite. It has also been used to help people with stomach problems, colon and bowel problems, and those with liver problems.
Hawaii Mamaki
Caffeine Free
Hawaii; Herbal. Mamaki (Pipturus Albidus) (from the Nettle Family) is a tree or shrub with green leaves which have prominent red veins. The premium leaves are hand plucked from the tips of the plant. 100% Hawaiian. Used for many medicinal purposes in ancient and modern times.
Hawaii Volcano Oolong Hawaii; Oolong. Hawaii's FIRST Oolong tea, grown with plenty of aloha and TLC. This tea is grown in the lush rainforest surrounding Volcanoes National Park. The Camellia Senensis plants are about 6 years old and only approximately 100 pounds per year is produced for sale. Every careful piece of the processing is done by hand. This 1st flush oolong tea has a whiffing sweet aroma, bright and clear liquor and a delicate floral and fruity flavor. A very rare Oolong Tea.
Hilo Sunrise
Caffeine Free
Blend of hibiscus petals, rosehip chips, dried apple pieces, dried sweet orange peel, natural flavors
Indian Spiced Chai
Cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin seed, sweet cumin seed, curry leaves, lemon grass, rampe leaves
Island Breeze
Caffeine Free
Blend of hibiscus petals, rose-hip chips dried apple pieces, dried sweet lemon and orange peel, natural flavors
Jasmine with Flowers Green China; Jasmine grade. This tea is grown in a field of jasmine flowers and the flowers are harvested with the tea. One of the most pleasant tasting green teas on the market.
Lapsang Souchong Black China; Organic Butterfly Lapsang. Smooth crisp character with remarkable and heady aroma of a pine and oak wood fire. Compared to a campfire or even an ashtray, you'll either love or hate this one. To those in the know, the smoky cup of high quality is second to none, mysteriously miraculous, a feast for the taste buds, truly one of those unique items for which there is no middle ground.
Mango Green

China; Japan Sencha style. Luxury green tea, natural dried pineapple, mallow flowers, natural flavors.

Mulled Spice
Sri Lanka; Orange Pekoe. Cinnamon pieces, whole cloves, natural flavors.
On The Waterfront Herbal Blend of peppermint, ginger, rose-hip, spearmint, osmanthus petals, rose petals, rooibos, dried apple pieces, almond pieces, hibiscus, and natural flavors.
Paradiso Peach
Caffeine Free
Blend of hibiscus petals, rose-hip chips, dried apple pieces, dried sweet orange peel, natural flavors
Hunny Rooibos Herbal South Africa; Rooibos means 'red bush' in Africans. It is the needles from this bush that this tea comes from. Rooibos accentuates the naturally sweet character of honey. Delicious finish. Luxury rooibos, camomile, calendula petals, natural flavors
Shanghai Lychee Jasmine Green China: Green tea, jasmine blossom, and natural flavors.
Tropical Fire
Sri Lanka; Orange Pekoe. Cinnamon, cloves, papaya and mango.
Yerba Mate
aka, Paraguay tea. Mate is an herb prepared from the leaves of a South America evergreen shrub, Illex papaguayensis, a relative of the common holly. It is rich in caffeine, comparable to that of a mild arabica coffee.
Apple, Banana, Cinnamon,
Lilikoi (Passion Fruit),
Pina Colada, Pineapple
Sri Lanka; Orange Pekoe. Medium bodied and flavored with piquant Ceylon character. Blendede with natural flavor oils which impart a smooth subtle taste allowing the tea taste to develop.


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