Articles About Tea

RateTea has articles on each style of tea we list, each brand / tea company, and each tea-producing region we classify teas by. To browse these articles, explore the links at the top of the page. This page is for other tea-related topics.

View articles on: Tea and Health, Tea and Sustainability, Brewing Tea, Tea Business and Industry, Buying Tea.

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Acidity of Tea
Updated: Jul. 20, 2017
Tea is mildly acidic, much less so than many common drinks; this article explores the question of how acidic tea is and what effects this has on the body.
Additives in Tea
Updated: Jul. 19, 2017
Common additives in tea and herbal blends and their safety, including natural and artificial flavors, caffeine, extracts and supplements, etc.
White Tea and Caffeine - Myths and Reality
Updated: Jul. 19, 2017
Tea companies have promoted myths that white tea is lower in caffeine than other types of tea; this article provides accurate info.
Invasive Herbs for Herbal Tea
Updated: Jul. 17, 2017
The benefits of harvesting invasive plants for use in herbal tea, as well as practical, ecological, health, and safety concerns with doing so.
Brands and Companies We Do And Don't List
Updated: Jul. 10, 2017
Explanation of types of brands and tea companies that we do and don't list for rating and review: we list companies that sell tea bags or loose-leaf tea.
Health Benefits of Tea
Updated: Jul. 3, 2017
A brief overview of the health benefits of tea, and exploration of whether certain teas are better for you than others.
Tea and Sleep
Updated: Mar. 22, 2017
There is evidence that tea has sleep benefits, especially when compared to coffee. Herbal teas have diverse effects on sleep.
Unilever Tea Brands
Updated: Jan. 30, 2017
Unilever is a multinational corporation owning many tea brands. This page lists all the brands of tea owned by Unilever.
Switching From Coffee to Tea
Updated: Jan. 6, 2017
Health reasons for switching from coffee to tea, and some ideas of teas for coffee lovers to start with.
Tea, Bone Density, and Osteoporosis
Updated: Nov. 11, 2016
Drinking tea has no negative effect on bone density and may protect against osteoporosis through a variety of mechanisms.
Tea and Acid Reflux
Updated: Oct. 24, 2016
In spite of some doctors' recommendations to avoid tea, there is no evidence that tea causes or aggravates acid reflux.
Aluminum in Tea and Its Health Effects
Updated: Oct. 19, 2016
Tea has high aluminum levels, but in spite of this, there is no evidence that moderate tea consumption poses any health risks associated with aluminum.
Decaffeinated Tea
Updated: Jun. 30, 2016
Outline of different decaffeination processes and their effects on health and the aroma and flavor of tea.
Tea and Iron Absorption
Updated: Dec. 21, 2015
Tea is known to inhibit iron absorption, but this effect is not a matter of concern for normal, healthy adults.
Calories in Tea - With and Without Milk or Sugar
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
Tea is nearly calorie free, but adding sugar or milk can add significant calories to a cup of tea. This page explores how many calories milk and sugar add.
What Is A Chai Tea Latte?
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
A chai tea latte is a drink made from concentrated spiced tea and steamed milk, like making a regular latte but substituting masala chai for the espresso.
Tannins in Tea
Updated: Jul. 23, 2015
Tannins are a class of compounds occurring in black tea and responsible for bitterness, astringency, dark color, and antioxidant activity of these teas.
Weasel Words in Tea Descriptions and Marketing
Updated: Jul. 15, 2015
Weasel words are words used to give a misleading impression of authority; weasel words are common in marketing, where they can be harmful or dishonest.
Oxidation of Tea
Updated: Mar. 26, 2015
Oxidation of tea (not fermentation), a process distinguishing black tea from green tea, changing the color of the leaf and other characteristics of the tea
Bottled Tea
Updated: Mar. 17, 2015
RateTea does not list bottled teas, but we do refer people to companies selling unsweetened bottled iced tea.
Multiple Infusions
Updated: Feb. 28, 2015
"Multiple infusions" refers to the steeping of tea leaves multiple time, which is an excellent way to bring out the flavor and aromas of whole-leaf teas.
Tea and Weight Loss
Updated: Feb. 3, 2015
Scientific evidence for tea as an aid to weight loss, with discussion of companies that market tea as a weight-loss product.
Fair Trade Tea
Updated: Dec. 31, 2014
Fair trade tea: what it is, what problems it intends to solve, and criticisms and limitations of the fair trade movement.
Organic Tea
Updated: Dec. 31, 2014
What it means for tea to be organic, why organic tea is important, and how to exercise caution with organic labelling.
Chinese Restaurant Teas
Updated: Dec. 8, 2014
Most Chinese restaurants serve oolong tea, some serving jasmine tea, green tea, or Puerh. This guide will help you to discover these types of tea.
Drinking Hot Tea To Cool Down
Updated: Dec. 8, 2014
Drinking hot tea or other hot liquids might seem like it would warm you up, but under certain conditions, it can actually cool off the body.
Vitamin C Content of Tea
Updated: Nov. 6, 2014
Green teas tend to contain small amounts of vitamin C, whereas black teas tend to contain none. Processing and storage can reduce Vitamin C content.
Brewing Temperature for Tea
Updated: Jun. 5, 2014
This article goes into more depth on the topic of what temperature water to use for steeping various teas.
Herbal Teas Containing Caffeine
Updated: Jun. 5, 2014
Although most herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free, there are a few herbal teas, including yerba mate, guayusa, and guarana, which contain caffeine.
Storing Tea
Updated: May. 5, 2014
Information on storing tea, including how to store aged tea, how long tea typically stays fresh, and what to do with stale tea.
Ethical Tea Partnership
Updated: Apr. 28, 2014
The Ethical Tea Partnership is a non-profit organization funded by member tea companies, seeking to promote address social issues in the tea industry.
Caffeine Content of Tea
Updated: Mar. 30, 2014
How much caffeine is in black, green, or white tea? Learn what determines the caffeine content of different teas, which teas are high and low in caffeine.
Keurig K-Cups and Tea
Updated: Jan. 28, 2014
Keurig K-cups are devices for brewing instant tea and coffee; our cost-per-cup analysis shows that they are expensive relative to even artisan teas.
Astringency in Tea
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014
Astringency refers to a dry or puckery sensation on the palate; some astringency imparts body and a refreshing quality to tea, but too much is unpleasant.
Tea and Sustainability
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014
Sustainability as it pertains to tea: fair trade, organic agriculture, packaging, composting, energy usage, and locally grown tea.
Writing About Tea
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014
A guide to how to write about tea, with an eye towards writing tea reviews, emphasizing how to describe flavor, aroma, and sensations on the palate.
Antioxidants in Tea
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014
Tea contains antioxidants, including catechins and theaflavins. These have various effects on health, but their health benefits are often exaggerated.
Brewing Tea
Updated: Jan. 13, 2014
Get the most out of your tea by learning how to brew it to bring out the qualities you enjoy most.
Nylon Tea Bags - Safety and Environmental Impact
Updated: Dec. 20, 2013
Some tea bags are made out of nylon; nylon is not the most environmentally sustainable choice of material for a tea bag as most nylon is not biodegradable.
Climate, Geography, and Tea Production
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
Tea is an adaptable plant, but grows best in subtropical climates with wet growing seasons; climate and geography influence tea production in complex ways.
Private Label Tea
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
Private label tea is tea that is sold wholesale to another company which markets it as its own brand name. Private label tea can be a lucrative business.
Caffeine and Dehydration
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
Caffeine in tea and coffee is often claimed to be a diuretic, leading to dehydration, but research does not back up this view.
Loose Tea, Tea Bags, Sachets, Etc.
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
Teas can be classified as loose tea, tea bags, sachets (pyramid bags), and a few other forms.
Herbs and Herbal Teas for Anxiety
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
Herbal teas are frequently used to promote relaxation, and can combat anxiety in a variety of ways, both through medicinal effects and through warmth, mind
Composting Tea Leaves and Tea Bags
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
Composting tea is a great way to promote sustainability. Loose tea can be composted or added directly to gardens as mulch.
Tea and Pregnancy
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
This article summarizes the potential risks and benefits associated with drinking tea or herbal tea during pregnancy.
L-Theanine and Tea
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
L-theanine, a chemical found in tea, has a number of effects on the mind and body, boosting the effect of caffeine on alertness and promoting relaxation.
Making Tea Using a Microwave
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
Safety tips and other practical tips for making tea in a microwave, and an explanation of why in general this is not the best way of heating water for tea.
Grades of Tea
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013
A key for the system of letters (OP, FOP, BOP, FTGFOP, etc.) used in one system of tea grading.
Whole Leaf Tea (Full Leaf Tea)
Updated: May. 6, 2013
Whole leaf tea or full leaf tea is tea consisting of whole, intact leaves; it tends to be easier (but slower) to brew, and have a more subtle flavor and ar
Why Style? What Exactly Is A Style Of Tea?
Updated: Apr. 16, 2013
RateTea refers to styles of tea; this page explains why we use the word style, and what exactly we mean by a style of tea.
Tea, South Dakota
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013
Tea, South Dakota, is a small town, with an amusing history in which the town was named for the tradition of drinking tea.
Single Origin Teas
Updated: Jan. 4, 2013
A single origin tea is a tea that has been grown and produced in a specific region; this article explains the reasons for buying single origin teas.
Naturally Sweet Teas
Updated: Dec. 6, 2012
Tea tends to be more bitter and less sweet, but there are a few types of teas which are sugar-free but naturally sweet and less bitter.
Our Values
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012
RateTea is guided by values of respect for all people, sustainability, transparency, and truthfulness. This page explains how these values guide our site.
Iced Tea
Updated: Jul. 2, 2012
Tips on making iced tea, including how to minimize your energy usage when brewing and chilling iced tea.
Tippy Tea
Updated: Apr. 4, 2012
Tippy tea is tea that contains a greater portion of tips (leaf buds); tippy tea tends to be higher in caffeine, smoother in flavor, and more expensive.
Discover New Teas
Updated: Apr. 3, 2012
RateTea can help you discover new teas, new styles (types) of tea, and companies from which to buy tea, all while learning more about tea.
Caffeine Addiction, Dependency, and Withdrawal
Updated: Mar. 5, 2012
Caffeine is mildly addictive and causes a physical dependency; caffeine withdrawal can be inconvenient and unpleasant, but tends to only last a few days.
World Tea East
Updated: Mar. 5, 2012
World Tea East is a tea expo and trade show, happening Sept. 9-10 in Philadelphia, 2011, and run by World Tea Media, the group behind the World Tea Expo.
Breakfast Teas
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011
Breakfast tea refers to a number of styles of strong black tea, usually blends, that are typically drunk with breakfast in Western countries.