Teas and Coffee2017-12-11T10:11:47+00:00

Teas & Coffee

At All Things T you will find over 80 varieties of teas, from China, Japan and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). Some of our unique teas include:

Our Japanese Ceremonial Grade Matcha is grown in the Mie prefecture of Japan. It is made from a blend of the highest grade Japanese green teas (gyokuro and kabusecha).

Our several varieties of green tea are made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black tea. Due to the variety of leaves used, growing conditions, horticultural methods, production processing, and time of harvest the varieties differ substantially.

White tea may refer to one of several styles of tea which generally feature young or minimally processed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Despite its name, brewed white tea is actually pale yellow in colour.

From the Chinese word for “black dragon,” oolong tea falls somewhere between black and green teas in terms of oxidation.  Different styles of oolong tea can vary widely in flavour. They can be sweet and fruity with honey aromas, or woody and thick with roasted aromas, or green and fresh with complex aromas, all depending on the horticulture and style of production.

The manufacture of oolong tea involves repeating stages to achieve the desired amount of bruising and browning of leaves. Withering, rolling, shaping, and firing are similar to that of black tea, but much more attention to timing and temperature is necessary.

Blooming teas and flowering teas are artisan teas that literally bloom as they steep. Each hand-tied tea ball blooms with a crown of flowers. The flowers commonly used in flowering teas include globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, and osmanthus.

Blooming tea is generally served in containers made of glass or similar transparent materials so that the flowering effect can be seen. The bundles can usually be reused two or three times without the tea becoming bitter.

Black and red tea are often referred to interchangeably. Black/red tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas.

The distinction in colour depends on whether you are talking about the colour of the leaves or the colour of the brew. The colour of the brew is typically a beautiful amber, red colour thus leading to the name “red tea”. The colour of the leaves though are typically dark black, thus leading to the name “black tea”. Thus the terms can be used interchangeably. Red tea is oxidized/fermented for about 6-10 hours until the leaves turn an amber/black colour and then they are dried to stop the oxidation process.

Neither red nor black tea is to be confused with Rooibos, often called “Red Bush Tea” or “Rea Tea” for short.

Pu-Erh tea (also known as aged or vintage tea) is another of China’s great treasures and has only recently been discovered in the West. It is unlike any other tea. This variety of fermented tea is produced in Yunnan province, China.

Fermentation in the context of tea production involves microbial fermentation and oxidation of the tea leaves, after they have been dried and rolled. This process is a Chinese specialty and produces tea known as hēichá, commonly translated as dark, or black tea. This type of tea is different from what in the West is known as “black tea”, which in China is called “hóngchá” i.e. “red tea”.

Pu-erh traditionally begins as a raw product known as “rough” máochá and can be sold in this form or pressed into a number of shapes (cakes, bricks or touchas) and sold as “raw”.

If you’re looking for something beautiful and unique, try our delicious Herbal and Floral tea, made from edible flowers!

Herbal teas – tisanes and fruit teas are beverages made from the infusion of herbs, spices, fruits, or other plant material in hot water. They do not usually contain caffeine.

Herbal teas and fruit teas should not be confused with true teas (e.g., black, green, white, yellow, oolong), which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, as well as from decaffeinated tea, in which the caffeine has been removed.

Rooibos has no caffeine and is low in tannin, so it can be enjoyed all day long without any unpleasant side effects. This also makes it a great tea for pregnant women and nursing mothers. It is high in antioxidants and minerals, giving it anti-cancer and anti-spasmodic properties.

Technically, Rooibos is not a true tea. It comes from the plant Aspalathus linearis. The name Rooibos comes from the Afrikaans word for ‘red bush’. The Rooibos plant is a small shrubby bush that only grows in South Africa. The bush grows anywhere from 2 to 3 feet in height, with very thin, needle-like leaves. The leaves are green, but turn the characteristic red after oxidation. Rooibos is also known as bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), redbush tea (esp. UK), South African red tea, or red tea.

The yerba mate plant is grown and processed in South America and is a species of the holly family.

The flavour of brewed mate resembles an infusion of vegetables, herbs, grass and is reminiscent of some varieties of green tea. Some consider the flavour to be very agreeable, but it is generally bitter if steeped in boiling water. Flavoured mate is also sold, in which the mate leaves are blended with other herbs (such as peppermint) or citrus rind.

At All Things T, we only sell and serve locally-roasted and blended Civil Kat Coffee. Civil Kat Coffee is passionate about their coffee. They specialize in consistent, quality coffee, freshly roasted in small batches.

Civil Kat Coffee sources all their Green Coffee Beans from (OPTCo.) Organic Products Trading Co-op who is a certified distributor of (FTO) Fair Trade and Organic raw coffee beans. The selection in house changes depending upon availability, but they try their best to keep a few staple beans on hand.

All the green beans are 100% Arabica FTO certified.

We have loyalty cards available for your tea purchases.

By the tin: collect 9 stamps of the same price range, get your 10th tin free

By the cup: collect 5 stamps, get your 6th cup free (good for both tea and coffee)

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