The Back Story
India and China were the first countries to cultivate and consume tea.
All tea comes from the Cameillia sinensis plant, but how the tea is
processed creates the different varieties. Green tea is made by
steaming fresh leaves. Oolong tea is made from partially oxidized
leaves, and black tea comes from fully oxidized leaves. In recent
years, green tea has grown in popularity because of its purported health
Steven Smith, from Portland, Oregon, is the
guru when it comes to creating tea. According to tea experts, Mr. Smith travels
around the world to source special tea leaves. But, it’s his expertise and
imagination that produce extraordinary batches of tea. Blending the perfect cup
of tea involves science and precision to make sure the natural acidity, aroma,
color, and flavor are in perfect harmony.