Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties by Kevin GascoyneTea: History, Terroirs, Varieties by Kevin Gascoyne

Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties

byKevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais

Paperback | November 3, 2011

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An illustrated guide to the world's teas.

Tea is second only to water as the most-consumed beverage in the world. When recent studies revealed green tea's health benefits, North American consumption skyrocketed.

Tea is a comprehensive guide to non-herbal tea, the plant Camellia sinensis. Concise and authoritative text and an abundance of color photographs take the reader on an escorted tour of the world's tea-growing countries: China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and East Africa. Like a fine wine, it is the "terroir" -- a region's soil and climate -- that imparts unique characteristics to a tea.

The book covers black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu'er, perfumed, aromatic and smoked teas. Topics include:

  • An overview of the history of tea
  • Tea varieties
  • The worldwide export of tea
  • How tea is processed
  • Signature tea cultivars
  • The art of making, serving and tasting tea, including tea ceremonies
  • Tea in cooking, with 15 recipes from gourmet chefs
  • A directory of teas.

A set of detailed charts, tables and graphs shows the caffeine, antioxidant and other biochemical properties of 35 teas.

Tea aficionados go on organized tours of tea-growing regions, enroll in tasting seminars and earn professional certificates. For them and for the interested reader who enjoys the occasional cup, Tea is a beautifully presented homage to the world's most beloved hot beverage.

Kevin Gascoyne, François Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais and ,b>Hugo Americi are professional tea tasters and the owners of Camellia Sinensis Tea House in Montreal, Quebec. Jonathan Racine is an editor with a passion for tea. For this book he traveled to China to tour plantations, meet with producers and tasters and, of course, to drink...
Title:Tea: History, Terroirs, VarietiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.5 × 8.5 × 0.81 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554079373

ISBN - 13:9781554079377


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read for Tea Lovers Love to drink tea and want to know more about it? This is a must read
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you love tea even more! Great pictures and detailed descriptions, from harvesting to drinking tea! Expert guide showing the proper preparation methods of the different types of tea.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very, very explicit! I read this book as intro to my affection to tea. I learned so much - it is like a beginners book at first but the more you read, the more proficient you get. I've read other tea books too but this is by far the most detailed one. The fact that it is recent is very important too because it also talks about the modern boom and changes in the tea world. Towards the end you can find the caffeine and antioxidant contents of some popular teas. If you are serious about your tea, this is the book to have!
Date published: 2014-03-31

Editorial Reviews

A pretty and enjoyable book with an affordable price and some practical uses for tea-drinkers.