Organic Assam Sewpur black tea
The finest quality, with a spicy and seductive aroma: second flush and TGFOP
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Description: Organic Assam Sewpur black tea
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One of the best black teas in the world! (1, 2)
POWDER has chosen a variety of black tea originally from Assam, a region in northeastern India (3). With its large leaves, our tea has secured one of the superior quality grade Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP).
Our Assam black tea is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulator. It is cultivated on the famous Sewpur organic plantation and is harvested during the ideal harvest time, the second flush, which begins in May.POWDER brand Assam Sewpur black tea is organically grown. Rich in flavours, this bright copper-tinted infusion is full-bodied and releases seductive and spicy aromas.
Tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze) is a perennial shrub from the Theaceae family, originally from Tibetan highlands, eastern India and southeastern China.
It grows up to 10-15 m in its natural environment, and between 0.6 and 1.5 m in crops. Its leaves are short stem and light green in colour, lanceolate, and around 4 cm wide and 5 cm long (4).
There are over 200 species, although nowadays the three varieties which are most commonly known are: C. sinensis var. sinensis, C. sinensis var. assamica and the variety C. assamica spp. Lasiocalyx (5).
One criterion to classify tea is the fermentation: a natural process in which the polyphenols present in the leaves are oxidised (3). There are fermented teas (black tea), semi-fermented teas (oolong tea) and unfermented teas (green tea).
The smaller-leaf varieties from China and Japan are used to produce green tea, while the larger-leaf Assam variety produces excellent black teas (5).
Various criteria mark out its quality, such as its origin, the size of its leaf and the time of harvest (flush). Although in Darjeeling teas the first flush is usually the best, in Assams the first is weaker and the second flush, from May onwards, is preferred.
POWDER brand organic Assam Sewpur black tea has large leaves, and is therefore given one of the superior quality grade Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP) (6, 7).
Tea, also known as ‘the elixir of immortality’ is considered a divine remedy by ancient cultures (2). It became a very popular beverage in Europe thanks to the ‘East India Company’, which imported and marketed large quantities of tea in London. In the 17th and 18th centuries, this company depended on crops from China, but from the 19th Century onwards it became interested in a new supplier: India.
In 1823, during an expedition to Assam, a region of India; the merchant adventurer Robert Bruce discovered wild specimens of tea. Indigenous people used as a decoction for headaches and fevers, in powder to avoid tooth decay and in juice as a contraceptive (4).
Although the British authorities did not initially accept the connection between the Chinese and Indian plants, Bruce’s brother managed to convince them (1-3).
Black tea makes up 80% of total tea production. In India, 60-70% of tea production is Assam tea (3).
COMPOSITION AND BENEFITS
Tea leaves contain carbohydrates, fibre, proteins, amino acids, enzymes and aromatic substances, as well as vitamins and minerals (iron, copper, fluorine, manganese and zinc). They also have numerous functional compounds such as polyphenols (catechins and flavonoids), alkaloids (caffeine and theobromine), pigments (chlorophylls and carotenoids) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) (5, 8, 11).
Black tea contains 14.4% polyphenols, including flavonoids with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and antimicrobial properties (8). Polyphenols oxidise during fermentation and produce theaflavins and thearubigins. In addition to being responsible for the aroma, astringency, taste, brightness, vivacity and colour of the tea leaf infusions, theaflavins have shown antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activity (I), while thearubigins give the infusion ‘body’ (5,8,10).
Caffeine acts by stimulating the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. Tea also contains theophylline, which exerts similar activity, as a psychostimulant, vasodilatory and diuretic (8).
Polyphenols are also linked to cardiovascular protection. Various studies have shown that consuming 5 cups of black tea per day reduce the formation of thrombi, the risk of cardiovascular incidents and the absorption of lipid substances such as cholesterol (8).Finally, studies in Asia have shown that drinking more than two cups a day has a beneficial effect in case of certain types of cancers: breast, oesophagus, colon, etc. (8).
Assam teas can be taken without milk (1).
To optimise all the properties of tea, it is important to use pure water and avoid overheating it, as this could damage the leaves and make the tea bitter (3).
To prepare a cup of Assam black tea, pour 200 ml of water heated up to 100 ºC for 2.4 g of Assam tea (approximately one teaspoon) and leave to infuse for 3-4 minutes.
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Ingredients: Organic Assam Sewpur black tea Consulting batch information
Organic Assam Sewpur black tea (TGFOP* Second Flush) (Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze).
*TGFOP: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe.
This product does not contain allergens (in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011) nor genetically modified organisms.
Use: Organic Assam Sewpur black tea Consulting batch information
Assam black tea can be taken as an infusion. To prepare one cup, pour 200 ml of water heated to 100 ºC over 2.4 g of Assam tea (approximately one teaspoon) and infuse for 3-4 minutes.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
Quality: Organic Assam Sewpur black tea Consulting batch information
FABRICATION AND GUARANTEE:
This food is manufactured under a GMP-compliant. GMPs are the Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines for the European food industry.