siptea is a modern tea brand that celebrates the ancient art of tea drinking. We take pride in offering a retreat from the daily grind while taking ownership of current ethical and sustainable business practices.

siptea not only nourishes your body and soul, it nourishes fair trade, local businesses, local farms, artisans and non-profit organizations.As you hold your lovingly handcrafted cup of warm tea in your hands, look around, take a deep breath, relax. You are about to enjoy one of nature’s sweetest gifts.

Organic White Tea

Made from the top two leaves and bud of the Camellia sinensis plant and named for the down that covers the buds. White tea originated in China and was produced as far back as the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

While there is no processing (such as rolling or shaping) done to the leaves, there can be a slight bit of oxidation that occurs in some types. White Peony, is considered semi-oxidized from oxidation that can occur naturally or by handling. Silver Needle is a truly un-oxidized tea, containing only the air dried buds of the tea plant.

These teas contain caffeine. Caffeine is present in all types of real tea with the strongest level of caffeine contained in the buds and decreasing as you travel down the plant.

Our organic white teas are plucked + withered + air dried.

Organic Pan Fired Green Tea

Because green tea leaves are pan fired after withering, oxidation is stopped and the leaves keep their green color. These teas are considered un-oxidized. Most Chinese green teas and some Korean teas are processed this way. The pan firing gives a hard finish to the leaf, and imparts a smoky or nutty note to the tea.

The majority of green tea is from China, and this flavor profile is what you are probably used to if you just ask for green tea.

If you find your green tea tastes bitter or has an astringent quality, first reduce the temperature of the water you are using. If you still find the tea bitter with a lower temperature water, try reducing the steeping time.

Our organic pan fired green teas are plucked + withered + pan fired + shaped + pan fired + fired (final) + sorted

Organic Steamed Green Tea

Green tea is steamed to stop oxidation. The steam keeps the green in the leaf and gives it the taste of the ocean or seaweed. These teas are considered to be un-oxidized. Japanese green teas are a great example of the process and certain Korean green teas are also steamed.

Gyokuro is a green tea that is grown in the shade giving it a deeper green color, higher caffeine and higher theanine content. This paradoxically makes the tea more stimulating, but also more calming due to the high levels of theanine.
Hojicha is a roasted steamed green tea. Roasting reduces the caffeine in the tea, making for a cup of tea that is low in caffeine without any bitterness.

Our organic steamed green teas are plucked + withered + steamed + rolled or + pressed dried + stored.

Organic Oolong Tea

Oolong teas are classified as partially oxidized with oxidation ranging from 5% to 95%. The leaves are rolled and shaped under a watchful eye to achieve a specific level of oxidation and taste that the tea master is looking for from the finished tea.

These teas are the most complicated to make and also the most complex in flavor. The leaves are twisted or tightly rolled, the first steep may only open the leaf a small amount. They should be re-steeped multiple times. Each successive steep will let the leaf unfurl a bit more. You can try doing multiple short steeps, the flavor will change with each steep as more of the leaf is exposed to the water.

Our organic oolong teas are plucked + withered + rolled and shaped + oxidized (optional) + rolled (optional) + fired + baked (optional) + aged (optional)

Organic Black Tea

Black teas are considered fully oxidized teas. Many loose leaf black teas contain lighter leaves in the mix, these buds or tips have a downy coating that appears silver or golden.

Though India and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) are both known for their black teas, black tea processing began in Anhui China. China is best known for Keemun and Lapsang Souchong, the latter having a rich smoky flavor that comes from being dried over pine needles.

The Indian grading system classifies tea by leaf size, not flavor. Classification begins with the region, then adds a series of letters, starting with OP, then letters indicating leaf size. OP stand for Orange Pekoe and does not contain any orange flavor.

Our organic black tea is plucked + withered + rolled + [crush, tear, curl (optional step instead of rolling)] + oxidized + fired + graded

Organic Pu’erh Tea

Sheng (or Qing) means raw, un-cooked, and Shou (Shu) means ripe or cooked. Sheng pu’erhs can be loose or pressed and are aged naturally. Shou pu’erhs are also either loose or pressed but go through an accelerated aging process. The leaves are gathered into a compost style pile which starts to heat up as the leaves breakdown, causing the leaves to ferment. This “cooks” the leaves giving this tea a flavor profile that mimics naturally aged pu’erhs, but in only 3 months, rather than 10 years.

This accelerated aging process was created in 1972 to meet demand. Sheng pu’erhs are highly prized and increase in value with age. They are thought to be best after 10 years, peaking in flavor at around 30 years.

Our organic pu’erh tea is plucked + sorted and withered + pan fired + rolled + sun dried + 2nd rolling + sorted + graded + then either a Sheng or Shou pu’erh is produced.

Organic Tisane

Most tisanes are made by drying flowers, herbs, fruits or plants—using them alone or in combinations. These are not true teas, because they are not made with the Camellia sinensis plant. They are plant based elixirs or herbal infusions and have a variety of flavors and health benefits.

Yerba Mate is a whole plant infusion. Both the leaves and twigs of the plant are used to produce this tisane. Yerba Mate is high in anti-oxidants and mateine. Mateine is a stimulant that is chemically similar to caffeine and has the same effect on you as caffeine. Yerba Mate is a plant in the holly family that grows in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

siptea tisanes contain stimulants unless indicated caffeine free.

Organic Caffeine Free Tisane

Most tisanes are made by drying flowers, herbs, fruits or plants—using them alone or in combinations. These are not true teas, because they are not made with the Camellia sinensis plant. They are plant based elixirs or herbal infusions and have a variety of flavors and health benefits.

Rooibos is a South African plant, also known as the Redbush plant. The Rooibos plant has needle like leaves and goes through a similar process to oxidize the green needles as black tea. There are also green (unoxidized) Rooibos. The plant contains high levels of anti-oxidants and no caffeine. Rooibos blends well with other herbs, fruits and flowers.

Chamomile, Chrysanthemum and Hibiscus tisanes are made of flowers that when added to water produce aromatic infusions that can be enjoyed hot or cold.

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