-Research team @ 茶水部 LittoTea, 澄翠茶藝.
The techniques and applications of tea powders
Tea powders are tea leaves which are milled directly by the grinder, which can preserve all nutrition of tea and its scent. In addition to keeping original nutrition, such as vitamins, carotenes, catechin and dietary fibers, crushed tea powders help release nutrition of tea more in the water, and so does the taste compared to traditional tea leaves containing insoluble nutrition in the water. Furthermore, the flavor and the color of tea brewed by tea powders are thicker as well[1-6].
In the production of tea powders, roll tea leaves slightly first, and roll heavily after they are crushed. Then, dry them for about 5 minutes at around 100 degrees, heat at 80 degrees until they become completely dry, and turn to the process of grinding and filtering. The taste and quality of tea powders are connected with the amount of tea fibers and stems. Therefore, adopting the filter to select by size of granules, which helps rank the quality. Tea powders are tiny, and are exposed to moisture easier compared to tea leaves. To prevent from oxidation, it is advised to preserve them in the package that can keep from the sunshine and moisture, such as aluminum foil bags[4-6].
It is convenient for tea powders to carry and brew. Usually, 1-2g tea powders can make around 500c.c tea. Therefore, you can brew tea immediately if there is water. Meanwhile, there are a lot of granules when tea powders are brewed in water. It is natural that tea brewed by tea powders is more turbid, and would accumulate after a while. However, for our health and the best quality, it is suggested to drink tea brewed by tea powders soon. In addition, the amount of drinking per day should not be too much[4-6].
Tea brewed by tea powders is beneficial for our health, which is the same, even more than the effect of traditional tea leaves. For example, prevent from aging, arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases, reduce cholesterol, protect eyes, promote the digestion, and so on. Green tea powders is common at first while the choices are gradually diverse now with new development of different flavors, such as oolong tea, oriental beauty tea and black tea. Compared to tea leaves, brewing tea by tea powders does not bring the joy of traditional brewing ways but much more convenient. Therefore, the way of brewing depends on personal preferences. Both tea leaves and tea powders are healthy for us.
-Research team @ 茶水部 LittoTea, 澄萃茶藝.