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The Tea Story

the-art-of-drinking-tea“For all the tea in China….” according to popular legend, tea, which is indigenous to China, was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shennong in 2737 BCE when a leaf from a Camellia sinensis tree fell into water the emperor was boiling! It probably didn’t have him leaping about the way the goats in Ethiopia did on the coffee berries, but he would have experienced a slower, more subtle rise in energy and enjoyed a clear head and a refreshed spirit. Once the secret was out, tea became one of the seven necessities in life along with firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce and vinegar. The preparation and consumption of tea is deeply woven into the history and culture of China, which is famed for its ceremonious handling of the precious legreen-tea-potaf.

Tea is generally classified into four categories, white, green, oolong and black. The largest factor in the wide variations comes from differences in tea processing after the tea leaves are harvested. White and green teas are heat treated soon after picking to prevent oxidization caused by natural enzymes in the leaves, Oolong teas are partially oxidized and black teas are fully oxidized.

From the lighter taste of non-fermented Green tea to the semi-fermented Oolong or unique White tea, now at Cafe Jiran you can enjoy drinking some of the world's finest Organic teas. Exceptionally refreshing and enjoyable.
These fine White, Green, and Oolong teas are rich in anti-aging and health giving properties.

At Café Jiran a discerning tea drinker can enjoy a range of organic teas that are the pick of the tips:




Dragon Well - Organic Green Tea

Dragon Well is the most famous Chinese Green tea, named after the Dragon’s Well landmark in the West lake area of the Zhejiang, where the tea originated. Dragon Well is a pan-fired Green tea, flat fried by hand in large woks one small batch at a time. This artisan processing technique yields a tea with leaves shaped like the blade of a sword. Dragon Well is mellow and smooth with a fresh bitter sweet finish and roasted chestnut aroma.

Bao Zhong - Oolong Tea

Bao Zhong is lightly oxidized Oolong that exhibits characteristics of Green tea and Oolong tea. The long, twisted emerald coloured tea leaves provide a fresh, clear green and delicate infusion with fresh flowery notes of lilac and lily. Bao Zhong is a Taiwanese specialty Oolong with wide appeal.


White Peony - Organic White Tea

White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) is the most common style of traditional White tea and consists of two tea leaves and a silvery bud. Bai Mu Dan is prized for its smooth, sweet flavour and slightly woody, toasted aroma. Gentle processing and a unique withering process result in an amber-orange infusion with low astringency, weighty mouth-feel and a mild flavour that pairs well with most foods.

Silver Needle Premium - Organic White Tea

Organic Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) is the premium grade of classic White  tea and consists only of the first flush spring buds of the tea plant. Our Silver Needles are hand harvested from Fujian’s unique Fuding Da Hao varietal that is prized for its large silvery buds and delicious sweet flavour.


Iron Goddess of Mercy - Oolong Tea

Made according to the traditional Tae Guan Yin oxidation and bamboo coal baking techniques developed in China’s Fujian province, our Iron Goddess of Mercy is a special treat for Oolong tea lovers. This premium tea has a light golden-amber infusion with a smooth body and sweet finish. Its aroma is profoundly reminiscent of baked grain and dried.


Jasmin Green Tea - Organic Fair Trade Green Tea

Organic Green tea is blended with fresh jasmine blossoms by a traditional tea scenting process. The Green tea absorbs the natural essence from fresh jasmine blossoms and imparts a sweet and soothing fragrance in every cup.


Bao Hao Oolong Hsinchu - Oolong Tea

This tea is from Hsinchu County, Taiwan. It‘s produced in Bei Pu, a small village located in foothills about 100-200 meters above sea level, which is one of the famous for top quality Bai Hao Oolong. The tea makers in Bei Pu prefer to cultivate the Qing-Xing-Da-Mou tea tree, which is favoured by experts as the best.  This tea is baked at low temperature for delicate aroma preservation.  The light fermentation style and gentle drying, adds to it’s light fruity, sweet, acidic and flower honey notes.