Great things come from great beginnings, and if your primary product is one of
these popular drinks, you must start with high quality leaves to achieve the
For these brews, most prefer unflavored pure teas, although flavored teas and
herbals can also be successfully used. Please consider some of our most popular
base teas for milk tea, boba tea and kombucha, described below:
This black tea OP grade from Sri Lanka is an all-star for many applications.
Lively in the cup, it offers notes of red fruit, hints of citrus rind, a bit of
caramel and a whisper of rose for palates that can discern such nuances. All
these layers make it an ideal base for almost anything for which you need a
classic black tea taste.
A classic green tea from China, the best Gunpowder green tea is
lightly smoky with mellow green tea notes. The gentle smoking of the rolled tea
leaves, reduces astringency and adds a softness to the infusion. This popular
choice tends to be relatively inexpensive and thus a great green tea base.
Rooibos, Green Rooibos
Grown in South Africa from a native bush with
needle-like leaves, rooibos is naturally caffeine-free. Kid-friendly and nearly
impossible to over steep, rooibos also offers antioxidants in levels similar to
green tea. Traditional red rooibos is fully oxidized much like black tea and
green rooibos is less oxidized, as with green tea. Taste-wise they are
considerably different but both very smooth in the cup. Red rooibos is
medium-bodied with fruity, piney-citric notes. It can be medicinal to some,
especially when paired with cherry or berry flavors but is much richer than
traditional herbals. Green rooibos is lighter-bodied with light fruity notes. It
is not medicinal and makes a great base for almost any flavor.
Honeybush tea is also grown in South Africa on a plant related to
rooibos. Equally smooth, rich in the cup, and caffeine-free, honeybush differs
with its intense fruit and honey notes, which give it descriptive moniker. It is
a great base for fruit as well as nutty, creamy flavors.
White Peony is white tea grown in China from the same plant as
black, oolong and green tea but is only steamed or fired and dried to prevent
any oxidation. The result is a light bodied cup with melon and cucumber notes.
It is less temperature sensitive than green tea but a much more delicate cup.
Serves well as a tea base for fruity and creamy flavors.
A Taiwan oolong that is oxidized less than black tea offering
similar depth for traditional black tea lovers, in a slightly lighter bodied and
smoother form. It has inherent notes of peach, light nuts and subtle honey. It
naturally pairs well with peach, apricot and mango type flavors but also other
fruits and nut notes. Formosa Oolong Wonderful as an iced tea or as an exotic
base for your tea drinks.
For your decaf tea needs, our Sri Lankan grown CO2 decaffeinated
tea offers more body and richness than typical decafs. The CO2 method removed
caffeine without stripping too much of the tea flavor, ensuring a satisfying cup
and making a great base for tea drink applications.
Our bestselling black tea chai blend with traditional spices and
full-bodied Ceylon BOP tea base. Popular with our café clients and tea shops
alike, it brews bright spice notes with a rich tea taste. No added sugars so you
may control the sweetener and much fresher than syrupy, mediocre concentrates.
These are our most popular, but please explore further. Success starts with
inspiration and reaches fruition with diligence and fearless experimentation!