Just Your Cup of Tea

  • DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201300048
  • Author: ChemViews
  • Published Date: 04 June 2013
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Approximately 1,500 varieties are produced from tea grown in 36 countries. Of these, black teas account for 72 % and green teas for 26 %. Black and green teas come from the same plant and contain similar amounts of flavonoids. These polyphenols are responsible for the flavor of tea and include catechins and their polymeric counterparts, theaflavins and thearubigins. The ratios of the flavonoids differ in black and green teas.

Where Does Tea Come From and Go To?

World's top producers and importers of tea. ChemistryViews.org

How do Black and Green Teas Differ?

How do green and black teas differ? ChemistryViews.org

Green tea can gradually change from green to brown if left for a prolonged period. The catechins are slowly oxidized into bisflavanols, theaflavins, epitheaflavic acids, and thearubigens, which are more commonly found in black tea. This is particularly noticable if the tea is kept hot for a long time, for example, in a thermos flask, as the heat speeds the oxidation process.

How Much Caffeine is there in Tea Compare to Other Caffeinated Drinks?

Caffeine content of tea compare to other caffeinated drinks. ChemistryViews.org

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