Kombucha Tea is a centuries-old source of probiotics, prebiotics, antioxidants, and detoxifying nutrients. On one hand, many recent peer-reviewed research articles have reported significant beneficial effects of Kombucha Tea consumption on gut health and the gut microbiome, but on the other hand, research also shows that issues with ingredient selection, production, storage, and transport can (but not always) diminish Kombucha’s beneficial effects on health. Understanding where to be optimistic and where to be cautious is key to understanding Kombucha Tea’s complex effects on health.
Major Types & Sub-Types
In honor of apple season, and my formative years in an apple-cropping region of New York State, we will embark on an exploration of the ultimate tea to pair with apple. That’s right – bite an apple, then sip some tea, or perhaps even sip then bite – but the two flavors must promenade the palette together. Our goal here is to explore the flavor profile of apple (Malus domestica) according to its known aroma and taste characteristics, then see which tea (Camellia sinensis) type might provide the best companion for this gallant fruit.
An overview on Puer Tea and the critical alterations that occur through Puer fermentation
A 34-minute deep-dive into Oolong tea craftsmanship, including interviews with Oolong Tea Masters, a review of the scientific literature on Oolong tea flavor formation, and plenty of clips taken over years of traveling out to tea farms and producing tea alongside the professionals.
Discussing what makes a green tea exceptional. Key players are L-theanine, EGCG, soluble sugars, non-gallated catechin compounds, and more
The second of two pieces on Nannuo Shan. Ancient tea trees, the vibes of Nannuo, local history, processing tea with the locals, overall impressions.
My thoughts regarding the Nannuo Shan terroir following my initial trip there in 2017. Local culture, recent history and ecological protection efforts. How they effect tea tree growth and more.
The final episode in the white tea trilogy. Taste profile formation. Sweet and savory compounds. White tea varietals. Conclusions and Works Cited.
Breaking down the science of white tea processing. What are the steps, how do tea compounds transform, and what are the health benefits.
Exploring the key concepts and lesser known details of White Tea