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FAQ About Taiwan Loose Leaf Oolong Tea

What is Taiwan Oolong Tea?

Taiwan Oolong tea is one of the best quality Oolong teas around the world.

The tea leaves are withered under the sun, then oxidised and rolled into spherical shapes. Though the leaves are dark green in colour, the tea itself is golden in colour.

Due to the huge variation in farming conditions, such as elevation, soil and climate, the flavour profiles can range from light, floral fragrance to sweet, fruity aroma.

How Much Caffeine Does Oolong Tea Contain?

Studies show that caffeine in tea plants work as a natural defence against insects and herbivores.

The naturally occurring caffeine produces a bitter taste, which deters the plant's nemeses from eating it.

Therefore, young buds and leaves have the highest caffeine content.

While the flavour profiles of Oolong teas vary by farming conditions, such as elevation, soil and climate, so do the caffeine contents vary from source to source, season to season.

As a rule of thumb, there is around 37 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz cup (227 ml) of Oolong tea, compared to 100 mg of caffeine in a cup of coffee.

Note: As you repeatedly steep the same tea bag, leaves, the caffeine content in additional cups does not add up to more than if you just eat the leaves.

Is Oolong Tea a Good Coffee Substitute?

It depends on the reason you drink coffee.

Most of us drink coffee for the caffeine fix to stay awake.

As indicated above, the caffeine content of Oolong tea is around 1/3 of coffee.

Instead of a punch in the face to wake you up, you get a gentle neck rub to ease you back into your stride.

Can Drinking Oolong Tea Help Lose Weight Faster?

Based on Dr Axe's article on Oolong tea, drinking Oolong tea can promote weight loss by helping your body produce more heat and increase metabolism.

By combining exercises, the heightened metabolism can help burn fat faster.

How Much Calorie Is in a Cup of Oolong Tea?

Each cup of Oolong tea contains no calorie, so it is a good drink to have to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lose weight.

How Do You Steep or Brew Loose Leaf Oolong Tea?

As a rule of thumb, use around 6 ounces of water (177 ml) with 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves (2-3 grams).

Heat the water to 180-200 degrees Fahrenheit (82-93 degrees Celsius).

Place the leaves in the teapot or cup.

Rinse the leaves by pouring just enough water to cover the leaves, and immediately discard the water. This step is to open the rolled leaves for better flavour.

Steep the tea leaves by pouring 6 ounces of water for 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves.

Steep for 3-4 minutes.

Pour the tea into another mug to drink.

The same tea leaves can be steeped 3-4 times.

Can You Make Cold Oolong Tea?

Cold brewing Oolong tea is known to retain more of the tea leaves' natural flavours compared to steeping in boiling water where leaves may be scorched.

As a result, cold brewed Oolong tea is less bitter and has a sweeter taste profile.

The ratio of water to tea leaves is similar to normal steeping, around 6 ounces of water (177 ml) to 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves (2-3 grams).

Place tea leaves in an empty glass bottle, and pour room temperature water to get the desired ratio.

Leave the glass bottle inside a fridge, at 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius), overnight (6-8 hours), or enough time to let the tea leaves unfurl completely.

Make sure the bottle has a lid, so the tea doesn't absorb the tastes of other food inside the refrigerator.

Once the tea is ready, separate the tea and tea leaves to enjoy your cold, refreshing beverage.