Our Decaffeinated Assam
brews a copper-colored infusion with good full-bodied
character and a nice maltiness, typical of Assam teas. Naturally decaffeinated with CO2.
Use one teaspoon per cup and steep 3 minutes in freshly boiled water. Takes milk and sugar well.
Our decaffeinated teas are naturally decaffeinated using a process that removes
caffeine without using chemicals of any sort. The freshly plucked tea leaves are
briefly soaked in water and gently flushed with carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2
binds to the caffeine molecules and extracts them from the tea leaving behind
all the natural proteins that give tea its flavor. It also leaves many of the
polyphenols and antioxidants intact, so it's still good for you.
Much as the Romans planted vineyards throughout their empire, the British,
during colonial times, planted tea in India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. It could be
argued that the finest of this tea is grown in Assam, a northeastern province
of India. Home to some of the world's most fertile tea plantations, Assam is
sandwiched into a region that borders on China, Burma, and Bangladesh.
The first plantation was planted there by British settlers in 1837. The British
found that Assam's growing conditions were absolutely perfect for tea, being
that daytime temperatures there can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The
temperature, combined with an extremely wet topography due to its situation
nearby the Brahmaputra River, create what can only be described as a natural
greenhouse. When the British first arrived in the area, this natural greenhouse
was responsible for growing wild tea plants that measured more than 60
feet tall! Tea bushes in Assam, as they are in all tea growing regions, are now
trimmed to grow to about 3.5 feet tall. This height is preferred so that the
pluckers can easily reach the best leaf - the top bud and two leaves growing
below it. It is this leaf that produces the best Assam tea.
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