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Questions about the selection and preparation of tea leaves and beverages.

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At my regular tea webshop, you can always see what year and month the tea was harvested. Just recently they have brought in this spring's harvest of Darjeeling. But they also have tea from 2011 (in … this case a black tea). How does harvest time matter with teas? When is a tea considered "old"? Do they lose flavour when storing for more than two years? Would a more recently harvested tea be considered a better buy or does it depend on taste and type of tea? …
asked Jun 9 '13 by citizen
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It's said that tea, in general, has lower levels of caffeine than coffee, and that black tea has more caffeine than green tea (which has more caffeine than white tea). This suggests that the higher … degree of fermentation of the tea, the higher the caffeine level. Is that correct? Does fermentation concentrate caffeine? How is it that these teas, all coming from the same plant, have different levels of caffeine? …
asked Apr 29 '13 by citizen