Tea - One Versatile Tree 0
All tea is made from the same plant. Yes, you’ve heard it right. How amazing is it that a single type of plant can produce such wide variations of taste and aroma? That plant is called Camellia Sinensis. The final product depends on many combinations of factors such as geography, environment, and different sets of oxidation processing methods.
Let’s begin by classifying the different types of tea and what give them their distinct flavor. There are 4 main types of tea: White Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea and Oolong.
- White tea is usually made from young leaves and new buds. They go through the most minimal oxidation process. The leaves are let slightly withered in the optimal condition of 30 C degree with about 65% humidity in approximately 26 hours and then they are baked dry. The leaves are usually processed within 1-3 days of harvesting depending on the temperature and environment. In most cases, the leaves are shielded from the sunlight to avoid the unnecessary chemical reactions. However, in Chinese traditional methods, they are let dry completely in natural sunlight. White teas are usually expensive because the process requires a lot of dedications to keep the leaves undamaged. Different combinations during the process will result in different unique flavors.
- Green tea often undergoes the least amount of oxidation. Tea leaves are heated quickly after picking either by steaming or roasting in a hot pan. Leaves are dried separately or rolled into little balls. The process is time consuming and it’s typically done with high quality leaves. The leaves are processed within 1 or 2 days of harvesting. When done correctly, most natural chemical composition of the fresh leaves would be reserved. Variations in steaming or roasting process can produce different tastes.
- Black tea is the final product when the leaves are completely oxidized. The leaves are first withered to reduce most of their water body which is approximately 68-66%. Then they will go through the industry processes which are called “disruption” and “leaf maceration” in order to break down the leaf cell structure. Juice and enzymes released during these processes would help oxidize the leaves to create the aroma and flavor. It could take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours in high humidity at 20-30 C.
- Oolong tea is a term specifically used for certain semi-processed teas, which gives it a taste in between green and black tea. The leaves are withered for 2-3 days before drying. The oxidation process can be as short as several hours. Variations in processing time are intended for specific tastes.
Remarkably enough, these differences in process are what give each of these groups of tea their distinct personalities! All are great steeped alone or as bubble teas, but White and Green Teas are particularly good as refreshing light iced teas, while Black and Oolong shine while being complimented by some creamer.
- Elsa Lu
Why do you need the Freser Batch Brewer Machine? 0
It may sound simple to make some tea, but things get more complicated when you want to scale up from cup to twenty! The key to a good cup of tea is the water to tea leaf ratio, temperature and steeping time.
Each type of tea goes through different process after being harvested, therefore their requirements differ as well. If the water is too hot, it will burn the tea. On the other hand, when it’s too cold, it's hard for the tea to release its aroma and the taste is ruined.
White and green tea leaves are more delicate; the ideal temperature for them is from 170 ~ 185 Fahrenheit degree, and steeps in about 2-5 minutes. Oolong tea is best at 195 F degree and steeps in 3 minutes. Black tea requires higher temperature between 195 – 205 Fahrenheit degree and steeps in 3 minutes for a full brew. Tea and water ratio varies depending on the intention.
In Asian tea culture, it is normal to re-steep tea leaves multiple times. People usually put a handful of tea leaves in a pot and fill up with hot water. They would refill the water into the same tea pot and drink it throughout the day.
The Freser Batch Brewer Machine is designed to steep teas to their ideal flavor but at a larger scale. You can control the water volume, temperature, steeping cycles and steeping time in each cycle and have the presets assigned to each of the 10 keys available on the machine. Tea will not come out until it reaches the required temperature and steeping time that you have set up to make sure it is up to the consistency and quality you desire.
- Setting Protection: Your settings can be protected using a password.
- Easy Setting Sharing between Machines: You can pop in an SD card on the back of the machine and have the presets copied to duplicate the settings on different units.
- Product Flexibility: You can brew whole tea leaves, ground tea or even tea bags.
- Easy Cleaning: The stainless steel exterior makes it easy to clean up and the self-cleaning mode makes sure the machine is always ready to brew the next batch.
Below is a video tutorial showing you how to use the Freser Batch Brewer Machine.
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10 Great Shaved Snow Topping Combinations 0
Making shaved snow, but need some topping ideas? Here are some of our favorites!
2. Taro- Sliced Almonds, Coconut flakes, Mochi, Condensed Milk
3. Milk Tea Snow- Tapioca, Coffee Jelly, Condensed Milk
4. Strawberry Snow- Strawberry Puree, Fresh Strawberries, Chocolate Sauce
5. Strawberry Snow- Sliced banana, Sliced almonds, Chocolate sauce
6. Vanilla Snow- Mango, Blueberries, Granola, Mochi, Caramel Sauce
7. Chocolate Snow- Crushed Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Strawberries, Condensed Milk
8. Avocado Snow- Sliced Almonds, Mochi, Chocolate Chips, Condensed Milk
9. Mango Snow- Pomegranate Popping Boba, Blueberries, Condensed milk
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Bubble Tea Sweeteners 101 0
What makes your day sweeter than treating yourself to a cup of bubble tea? But have you ever wondered what goes into making this drink just so sweet? We’ve already talked about the Key Components of Bubble Tea, but let’s take a closer look at the sweeteners today.
Every store uses their own type of sweeteners, from syrups and sugars, to fructose. But from so many options, how do you choose? Not all sweeteners are created equal, here is a breakdown of a few popular options.
Fructose, not to be confused with High Fructose Corn Syrup, is an inexpensive option to flavor bubble tea. Fructose is produced from the juice of fruits and it is good for longer storage. Fructose tastes sweeter than regular sucrose, so it that means more flavor for less money.
Pros: Cost, Storage Life
White Sugar, the most common form of sweetener found in a standard kitchen, is synthesized and refined sugar cane. The granules of white sugar are difficult to mix into cold beverages and are better suited for stirring into hot teas and coffees. In order to properly disperse white sugar into a cold drink, it has to be converted into a simple syrup first. This is done by heating equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over heat until the sugar is melted. The resulting syrup can then be stored for up to 4 weeks in the fridge.
Pros: Cost, Common
Honey, one of the first sweeteners ever used by humans, is not only delicious and natural, but it is thought to have some health benefits if used in moderation. Honey local to one’s area is said to alleviate allergies, since it is produced from the types of flowers and plants causing the allergies. Additionally, honey is said to contain enzymes and minerals that help the body digest and heal.
Pros: Health Benefits, Unique Taste, Storage Life
Golden Cane is a minimally-refined form of sugar cane that still has a bit of residual molasses, which imparts a light caramel flavor on the resulting syrup. Golden Cane is less processed than white sugar and this product is already in syrup form which makes it easily soluble in any type of beverage, hot or cold. It especially enhances the flavor of tea! It doesn’t have preservatives, artificial flavorings or chemicals and has a shelf life of one year.
Pros: Convenience, Versatility, Flavor, Storage Life
Though a bit more expensive than our Golden Cane Syrup, the process of “Hand-frying” is a special technique that gives this sugar syrup an extra layer of caramelized depth and, as the name implies, this process is still done by hand! It is a very unique sweetener that adds some nuance to the flavors in your tea. It’s especially good in classic Milk Tea.
Pros: Convenience, Ready-to-Use, Unique Caramel Flavor
- Elsa Lu
The Best Batch Tea Brewer for Your Business 0
Tea is a sensitive product and it’s very important to find the brewer that can produce the best results. With so many tea brewers out in the market, it’s hard to choose the right one for your business. Well look no further, the Freser Automatic Batch Tea Brewer is NSF approved for your kitchen and has many advanced features that can help you brew tea to perfection every time.
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5 Reasons to Love Popping Boba 0
Popping Boba is an extremely popular topping amongst bubble tea connoisseurs. Smaller than the regular tapioca boba, each popping boba is filled with a delightful fruit juice that bursts in your mouth with flavor. Fanale Popping Boba contains approximately 12-14% real fruit juice. The coating of these popping boba is made of seaweed extract which is a jelly like texture. Approximately calories per serving of popping boba is about 30 k Cal. View More >>