​Tea 101

​Tea 101

Most people are probably familiar with the southern staple of sweet tea. Which, is a brewed black tea with sugar. But things start to quickly become unfamiliar and down right foreign when you start to peel the curtain back on the tea market. So in an attempt to help educate we are going to do a serial blog post about some of our favorite teas, what they are and where they are from. We hope you come and savior the tradition with us!

Darjeeling Tea — Considered one of the finest teas in the world and grown only in the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India Darjeeling tea is a processed as black, green, white and oolong tea. However the majority of the time “Darjeeling tea” is used to refer to a black tea. This delicious treat is usually light gold to bronze in color and is a light to medium-bodied tea with fruity and floral notes.

Gunpowder Green Tea — Originating in China and well known for its proven medicinal properties Green tea is one of the healthiest, if not the healthiest tea to drink on the planet. Green Tea specifically refers to a type of tea that is made from camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone oxidation, which is used to make oolong teas and black teas. Today production and manufacture of Green Tea has spread to many other countries in Asia. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. While many varieties exist Green Tea often is a lightly flavored slightly green flavor to it. Brew at lower temperatures to bring out a less bitter and slightly sweet flavor to this healthy beverage.

Houjicha— First created in 1920’s Kyoto, Japan Houjicha (aka Hōjicha) Tea is a Japanese specialty. Its different than other green teas because it is first roasted over charcoal. This is a departure from most other Japanese teas which are steamed. Firing at a high temperature changes the leaves of the tea from a green color to a more reddish brown. Houjicha is most often made from tea from the last harvest of the season, however many varieties do exist. The roasting of these tea leaves creates a toasty, almost slight caramel like flavor to this tea.

Healthy Eats: Spinach Skillet Panini’s


  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 8 thin tomato slices (1 medium tomato)
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Renovation Tea: Italian 5 Spice Blend
  • 1 tablespoon oil or butter


  1. Prepare your large nonstick skillet by lightly coating with oil or butter.
  2. Divide the spinach leaves among bread slices.
  3. Top spinach with tomato slices and a sprinkle of Renovation Tea: Italian 5 Spice Blend.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add red onion slices, basil and feta. Place remaining bread slices and press down firmly.
  6. Preheat skillet over medium heat and add sandwiches, in batches if necessary.
  7. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes on both sides or until bottoms are toasted and serve hot.
  8. Enjoy!

**Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Renovation Tea does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Renovation Tea are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.