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Tea...second only to water as the world’s most widely consumed beverage. Recommended by doctors for its boundless healthy properties, confided in for inspiration by the greatest writers and artists, a necessity for thousands of years to spiritual leaders and healers in the near and far east...tea is a ritual, a medicine, and a friend.
There are hundreds of varieties of teas, so obviously, what is featured below is a wild oversimplification, but these are the most widely known:
Water Temp: 99 °C (210 °F)
Steep: 2-3 minutes
This robust and highly caffeinated tea goes through a heavy oxidation process producing a dark liquor. Black tea is a favorite for export because of its ability to maintain its strong flavor for many years. Popular blends include Indian Assam and Darjeeling.