is the origin of tea. It was in the South-West part
of China that Chinese tea was first found.
South-Western China falls in the
tropical and sub-tropical climate zone. It is covered
by large areas of primeval forests. The warm and moist
environment is the perfect cradle for tea trees. Huge,
2,700 years old wild tea trees and 800 years old planted
tea trees can still be found there.
Chinese tea has been around
for thousands of years. Chinese tea was first discovered
and used as medicine. Then it evolved into a beverage,
and further in to part of Chinese culture.
After Ming, numerous types of Chinese
teas were invented. The Ar Tea is bein perfected continuously.
The famous Kung Fu Cha (or Kung Fu Tea) is one of the
landmark development of Chinese tea brewing.
8 classes of Chinese tea:
Chinese tea are divide into 8 classes:
Green tea, Oolong tea, Black tea, Red tea, White tea,
Yellow tea, Flower tea, Compressed tea.
Tea is the most natural of all Chinese tea classes.
It's picked, natural dried, and then fried briefly (a
process called "killing the green") to get
rid of it's grassy smell. Fermentation process is skipped.
Green Tea has the most medical value
and the least caffeine content of all Chinese tea classes.
Aroma is medium to high, flavor is light to medium.
About 50% of China's teas is Green
Tea is half way between green tea and black tea
in a sense that it's half- fermented. It's also called
"Qing Cha" (grass tea). Typical Oolong Tea
leaves are green in the middle and red on the edges
as a result of the process to soften tea leaves.
Oolong Tea leaves are withered and
spread before undergoing a brief fermentation process.
Then Oolong Tea is fried, rolled and roasted.
Oolong Tea is the chosen tea for
the famous Kung Fu t's the serious Chinese tea drinker's
tea. Aroma ranges from light to medium. Beginners in
Oolong Tea should be careful as even though flavor is
only mild to medium, the tea could be very strong.
Chinese Flower Tea
is an unique class of Chinese tea. It subdivides into
Flower Tea and Scented Tea.
Flower Tea is a simple concept
that dried flowers are used, without much processing,
to make tea. Scented Tea uses green tea, red tea as
base and mix with scent of flowers.
Chinese Flower Tea has light
to medium flavor and medium to strong aroma Red leaves
and red tea color, it's characteristic of Red Tea's
There are 3 subclasses of
Chinese Red Tea - "Kung u Red Tea", "Ted
Tea Bits" and "Small Species Red Tea".
Chinese Red Tea has low aroma and medium flavor.
Chinese Tea Custom
Younger generation greet elder
generation with a cup of tea. That is a way to show
One note is that, in organizations
and families, only people of lower rank serve tea to
higher rank people. At least it was like that in the
Today, the society is more liberal.
Parents may pour kids a cup of tea at home, bosses may
pour subordinates a cup of tea at restaurants. But it's
just parents and bosses being nice. It would be inappropriate
for low rank to expect high rank to serve tea in formal
After guy A pours a cup of tea for
guy B, you see guy B knocking his bended index and middle
fingers (or similar varieties of finger tapping) on
the table. You bet your savings that are secret agents.
You are broke. They are just Chinese.
The story goes like this. In the
Ching Dynasty some 300-400 years ago, the emperor liked
to dress casual and visit his kingdom. Servants were
told to stay low profile in order not to reveal their
master's identity. One day in a restaurant. The emperor,
after pouring himself a cup of tea, filled the servant's
cup as well. To the servant, it was a huge grace having
the emperor pour him a cup of tea. Out of reflex, he
wanted to kneel down and thank his master. But he was
stopped because that would give away the emperor's identity.
So instead of kneeling on his knees, the servant kneed
with his fingers.
That "thanks" knock is
still in use today in the 21st century.