Black tea is the most common type of tea. It is stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee. It is noted for its full, bold flavor and its ability to pair well with almost all foods, particularly sweets and creamy foods. For this reason, many people choose black teas. Black tea's processing is different from other types of teas in that it is fully or almost fully oxidized. Typically, black tea is rolled or crushed with machines to release its natural oils, which react with oxygen in the air to change the flavor and aroma of the leaves. When oxidation is deemed complete, the tea is heated and dried to end the oxidation process.
Health Benefits of Black Tea
Numerous studies have found that black tea was able to reduce blood pressure. In hypertensive patients, black tea appeared to counteract the negative effects of a high-fat meal on blood pressure and arterial blood flow. Studies also show that those who consumed four or more cups of black tea per day had a 21 percent reduced risk of stroke compared to those who did not drink tea.
How to Brew a Cup of Black Tea
Producing the perfect cup of black tea is not a tricky process.
Here are some general instructions:
Use 2 to 4 grams of tea per cup.
Fill a kettle with cold water and allow the water to boil. (Black teas need much hotter water for proper extraction). Pour the boiled water over the tea leaves and allow it to steep for about 5 minutes.