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TOP 10 TEA MYTHS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW By Erica Baillie, Certified TAC Tea Sommelier Professional Owner of Plan de Vida How well do you know tea? Behind water, tea is the second most popular beverage in the world. Despite its popularity, a lot of misinformation exists. Surprise yourself and see just how much or little you know about tea.

MYTH #1: REFERRING TO YOUR CUP OF BLACK TEA AS ORANGE PEKOE. Fact: When someone wants a cup of strong black tea, they usually refer to it as “orange pekoe”. This is a misconception, however, because the term orange pekoe actually refers to the physical characteristics of the tea leaf not the flavour. When tea producing countries like India or Sri Lanka grade their tea, they use orange pekoe to describe the tea leaf itself.

MYTH #2: ALL TEA IS STEEPED IN BOILING WATER Fact: The temperature of water required to steep your tea depends on the category (Here’s a reminder of the different tea categories if you need it: white, green, oolong, black and pu’erh). Because each category of tea undergoes different manufacturing procedures and varies in oxidation levels, different water temperatures should be used. For example, black tea is steeped at 100C, yet green tea is steeped at 80C. Using boiling water to make green tea has the potential to scald the tea leaves.

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