What is whole leaf tea?

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What is tea?
I Googled “What is tea” and the first thing that appeared was the following:

1. a hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.
2. the evergreen shrub or small tree that produces tea leaves, native to South and eastern Asia and grown as a major cash crop.

We hosted a group of 10 young ladies, most of whom were from countries other than the United States. I asked a rather general question: “If I go into my back yard, pick an herb or two and throw it into very hot water, can I call it herbal tea?”

Not all tea is real whole leaf tea

I had no clue as to what was about to transpire. Who would have thought that such a simple question would evoke such responses. Well, honestly, I did! You see, we in the United States call just about anything we brew in hot water — tea. Doesn’t matter if it’s ragweed, it’s still considered tea. Go figure!

Now, here’s another question: If I were to take a pound of soybeans and color them and flavor them and grind them to resemble coffee, how many of you would be offended, if not downright angry, if I were to sell it to you as a pound of coffee?

PlenTea Time for bag of plenty tea: We will send plenty of teabags (envelopes of tea value of $20) to the first five folks who respond. Check out the flavors on our site and let us know which tea envelopes you would like. The tea envelopes and shipping is on us! Send your contact information to teatime (at) denverteas.com.
Check in to our next post for the answer….
Cheers to a cup of plentea!

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