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    Did you know the name of the tea plant is Camellia Sinensis? So how does one plant produce so many tea types? The main styles of tea are produced by altering or processing the shape and chemistry of the leaf. Tea processing is basically five steps: Plucking Withering (allowing the leaves to wilt and soften); Rolling (to shape the leaves and wring out the juices); Oxidizing; and Firing or Drying Oxidizing is the step that defines the categories of tea. It occurs when the enzymes in the tea leaf interact with oxygen, after the cell walls are broken apart. This...

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