One of the most popular types of tea, black tea, is made from fully oxidised leaves, which make for a deep and hearty cuppa. The process of making black tea involves withering and rolling the tea leaves followed by an extended period of fermentation, resulting in a full-bodied, strong flavour. Black tea has been linked to significant health benefits for the heart.
Unlike black tea, green tea does not go through any oxidation and therefore preserves the tea leaves’ natural green colour. Green tea leaves are picked, dried and heat-treated to prevent the fermentation process, then pan fried or steamed to remove the moisture. Particularly popular in Japan and China, green tea is full of antioxidants and has been known to increase brain function and fat-burning abilities, while lowering the risk of certain types of cancer.
The least processed of all tea, white tea is made specifically using the youngest tea leaves and tea buds. Once picked, the leaves are simply steamed and dried—that’s it! Containing very little caffeine compared to other teas, white tea is lighter in colour and known for its subtlety and natural sweetness.
Originating form South Africa, rooibos tea (otherwise known as red tea or African red tea) is a naturally sweet and sometimes nutty herbal tea made from the South African Red Bush. Caffeine-free, rooibos tea is harvested, grinded and bruised, then left to ferment until it gives off a reddish-brown rustic appearance. This tea has a lighter taste and has been known to improve bone and cardiovascular health.
Available in three types—herbal infusions, mate teas and rooibos tea—herbal teas are one of the few types of tea not sourced from the Camellia plant. Consisting of pure herbs, flowers and fruits, herbal teas are often flavourful and can be delicious served hot or on iced.
Now you know more about tea varieties, it’s time to start experimenting! Test your tea palate with a visit to your local cafe or tea house. We’ve found a couple of the most popular Sunshine Coast cafes to enjoy an afternoon of good food and great tea (or coffee).
Secrets on the Lake
There’s no better way to enjoy a cup of tea than nestled among the trees and rainforest at Secrets on the Lake. Known as a popular picturesque wedding venue and accommodation hotspot, you’ll be blown away by the mouth-watering menu at the cafe here. If you’re dining for breakfast, we suggest ordering a smoked salmon omelette and washing it down with your choice of tea or coffee. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm, bring a few friends down and enjoy a scenic cafe adventure to Secrets on the Lake. Always call in advance, as the cafe often closes for functions
Where: 207 Narrows Rd Montville Sunshine Coast QLD
The Silva Spoon
If you’re looking for a cafe with a comprehensive range of premium tea leaves and coffee blends, look no further than The Silver Spoon. This tea lover’s paradise is home to all the popular tea varieties, as well as a few unique selections. From chai, fruit and oolong tea to green tea, rooibos and ayurvedic infusions, they have all this and more. Whether you want to book a high tea experience or just want a quiet cuppa on the comfy lounge with a few friends, come in and say hello to the friendly staff at The Silva Spoon today.
Where: 1/27-29 Cotton Tree Parade Cotton Tree Sunshine Coast QLD
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