Tea Studio Mao Feng full of Surprises
By now many of you have tasted a green tea from the Tea Studio, we call the Mao Feng. It is produced using a Chinese technique, we developed ourselves and then refined with tea colleagues visiting from China (see the blog of their visit here). India is famous for black tea so this vigorously tonic green tea has been getting a lot of attention from tea-bloggers and enthusiasts. The Mao Feng arrives as one of our first Spring teas and is improving every year. Its leaves rolled in curly twists. Its liquor is lively and astringent, with notes of artichokes, apricot and warm honey.
Mao Feng, Caffeine and Antioxidants
Each year Camellia Sinensis sends a selection of teas to the laboratory to test for caffeine and antioxidant content. Having been testing teas for many years there seems to be a general rule that teas that are high in antioxidants are often high in caffeine too. Because of this, the results for our Mao Feng really surprised us. It is one of the highest results yet for antioxidant content while being surprisingly low in caffeine. See the tables of results for antioxydant and for caffeine level.
Glowing Results from Germany's SGS Laboratory
The small farmer set-up we work with makes it very complicated to certify our teas as Organic. Instead, many of our teas were sent to be tested in the lab for chemical inputs. They were sent to SGS Institut Fresenius in Germany and put through one of the most rigorous possible testing sequences: the 'Complex Matrix 600+', a test that looks for 600 different chemical field inputs. For the Tea Studio teas the lab found 'no residues of the analysed pesticides'.
In the past, lab results have shown Tea Studio's teas to be exceptionally clean but this really takes it to another level!
For more information on the Tea Studio project please visit teastudio.info
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