Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scientific name of the plant from which tea is produced?

Tea apparently originated in China, where the tea plant was discovered about 5,000 years ago. Tea migrated from China throughout Asia and only during the 17th century did tea first reach Europe when it was brought over by Portuguese sailors with the development of the trade routes between the east and the west.

What is the source of tea? When did tea first arrive in the west?

The tea plant is called Camellia Sinensis.

What is the difference between green tea and black tea?

Two primary products are produced from the Camellia Sinensis plant: Green tea - young tea leaves which undergo a process of drying and rolling. Black tea - young tea leaves which undergo an additional process of brief fermentation at high humidity and drying in order to develop the characteristic taste of black tea. Thus, the source of both black tea and green tea is from the same plant, and they are different from one another only in their production processes.

Is there caffeine in black/green tea? How much caffeine is there in various beverages?

Caffeine is a natural substance found in numerous plants, including the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Caffeine is an invigorating and energizing substance, which affects the central nervous system. A healthy individual can consume anywhere between 300-350 mg of caffeine daily without any concern.

Breakdown of caffeine quantities in one cup (in mg):
Espresso 50-150
Filter coffee 60-80
Instant coffee 40-70
Black tea 40-60
Green tea 15-20
Chocolate milk 2-20
Coca Cola 22
Red tea 0
Herb and fruit infusions 0

The amount of caffeine in black tea makes it possible to drink about 6 cups of tea per day.In contrast, green tea contains only 15-20 mg of caffeine per cup therefore making it possible to drink about 15 cups of green tea daily.

Does Wissotzky use natural raw materials in their products?

The Wissotzky tea company is very strict in ensuring the naturalness of their products, and therefore, all raw materials used by the Wissotzky company are from natural sources alone.

What is an infusion?

The Wissotzky tea company produces infusions in a variety of flavors. These infusions are unique due to their contents. The herb and fruit infusions, as their names suggest, are concocted of a mixture of fresh herbs and fruits which have been dried, while preserving their organoleptic qualities (flavor and fragrance qualities) and their health advantages, along with natural flavor additives. These infusions do not contain any kind of tea and are therefore caffeine free.

What is the difference between unpackaged tea/infusions and teabags?

Consumption of tea and herbal infusions in bags is explicitly preferred in today's modern world. This preference stems from the convenience and ease of carrying the teabags and the fact that it is quicker to prepare a cup of tea/infusion.The Wissotzky tea company has adjusted itself to this worldwide trend and has developed many types of teas and infusions in teabags. The transfer to a product marketed in teabags is mainly technological, making it possible to put the raw materials into the teabags without harming the quality of the products in comparison with the unpackaged tea/infusion.
Thus, there is no difference between tea/infusions in teabags and their unpackaged counterparts, except for their leaf size.

How many cups of tea/infusion can be made from one teabag?

In principle, all the various types of tea and infusion teabags were made for one teacup of 200cc.
However, 2 cups of tea can be made from one bag, or on the other hand, two teabags can be used to prepare one cup, according to personal preference and taste. Nevertheless, it is important to know that a second brewing of the same bag is of lower quality than the first brewing.

Every one of Wissotzky's teabags is comprised of a double bag. Shouldthey be separated to make one cup of tea from each one?

Definitely not. Wissotzky invests much thought and effort into presenting the consumers with a high quality tea which is convenient for brewing. The double bags were therefore developed for the purpose of expanding the teabag's surface area, thus allowing a quicker brew and the better transfer of natural flavors into the drink.

How many cups of tea can someone suffering from high blood pressure/ other health problems drink?

Consult a doctor with the values detailed on the packaging. Only a doctor is authorized to provide an answer to this matter.

What are the primary areas where tea is grown in the world?

Tea is currently grown in 30 different places worldwide. However, the leading places of tea growth areas are found in China, India and Kenya. These three countries together supply about 75% of the world's entire tea supply. Other primary areas of tea growing are Sri Lanka, Japan, Indonesia, Argentina, Uganda, Turkey and Russia.

What is the recommended manner of storing tea leaves?

Tea is known to be extremely sensitive to foreign odors, light, heat and humidity. For the sake of preserving the leaves at their freshest, it is recommended to frequently purchase small quantities and to store them at room temperature in a container which seals off light, odors and oxygen.

Does green tea really have the health benefits attributed to it?

Certainly. Green tea contains a high concentration of vitamins and minerals. Green tea contains the same amount of vitamin C as found in one lemon. In addition, the tea leaves contain B complex vitamins, iron, potassium, fluoride, vitamin M and others. During the past few years, more and more proof has been accumulated testifying to the many health benefits of green tea. The consumption of green tea has been found to assist in lowering high blood pressure and lowering the chances of certain diseases such as arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, strokes and certain types of cancer.

Which country holds the record for tea consumption per capita?

Ireland, with an average daily consumption of 3.5-4 cups on average per person. Great Britain follows right behind

Which countries are currently the world's largest tea manufacturers?

China leads the competition with one million tons of tea manufactured per year. Right behind is India, manufacturing an average of about 900,000 tons of tea annually.