Type: Green Tea
Description: Cocoa tea or Camellia Ptilophylla has been grown in the Guangdong province since the early days of the Ming Dynasty. The tea is harvested in spring, when the young sprouts possess an intensely fresh flavor. After they are harvested, the tea leaves are set across bamboo trays to dry. This loose-leaf tea has a smooth, delicate, honey-sweet flavor with notes of tangerine. Cocoa tea is a naturally decaffeinated tea plant. It's called cocoa tea because the Camellia Ptilophylla plant contains theobromine, a chemical very prominent in chocolate.
Theobromine, formerly known as xantheose, is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant. It is found in chocolate, as well as in a number of other foods, including the leaves of the tea plant, and the kola (or cola) nut. Theobromine has a similar effect than caffeine, but about 10 times weaker. Theobromine has diuretic, stimulant and relaxing effects. Theobromine can lower the blood pressure because it can to dilate blood vessels. Theobromine has stimulant properties, similar to caffeine. Unlike caffeine theobromine does not affect the central nervous system. Theobromine can also relax bronchi muscles in the lungs. Theobromine can be used as cough medicine. Studies indicate that theobromine acts on the vagus nerve which innervates, among other organs, also the lungs.
Like caffeine, theobromine can help pick you up, and keep you more alert and awake. Its effects occur in a similar manner to caffeine. The boost you get from eating chocolate comes from theobromine. Eating a small amount of chocolate may refresh you, but eating large amounts may cause side effects as well as weight gain. You do not have to worry your weight if you are drinking this tea.
Cocoa tea is famous for many health benefits:
* Anti-inflammation: Cocoa tea cures heat in the body that cases for example swelling and acne. Recent research also suggests that it also prevents bacterial infections and growth.
* Cocoa tea is also famous for it's many beauty benefits, including anti aging and a smooth skin.
*Eliminate fatigue: theobromine in cocoa tea can counter fatigue.
This is top grade cocoa tea, the buds are large, fat, and covered in pale silvery-white fuzz or "down" that resembles tiny hairs; the brewed tea ranges from ivory to a pale honey yellow. Its taste is smooth, light, fresh, and slightly sweet, without much astringency. Sometimes has a juicy or even citrus undertone reminiscent of tangerine or mandarin orange. The aroma is light, sweet, and floral, like fresh wildflowers with a hint of honey.
Brewing Guide: To fully appreciate the exquisite shape of this tea, using a clear glass is highly suggested. Warm the glass first with boiling water and then pour 200 ml of water (80 degree) over around 3 grams of tea. The tea leaves will start to float on top of the glass. After 4-5 minutes, some leaves will sink down to the bottom of the glass while others remain at the top. All tea leaves will then stand up vertically performing a magical dance - An enchanting sight to enjoy before drinking the tea.