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Featured on You & Me This Morning

Anthony Capobianco schools You & Me on tea brewing and the array of flavors you can order from Zen Tea Traders.

Featured on FOX 2 Detroit

Zen Tea Traders founder Anthony Capobianco live on FOX 2 Detroit’s morning show discussing tea!

Featured on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family”

Zen Tea Traders was recently featured on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” in a segment with lifestyle expert and best-selling author Sophie Uliano.

About Zen Tea Traders

Zen Tea Traders was built upon one person’s passion for tea. In 2008, Anthony Capobianco founded Zen Tea Traders. Anthony has taken several courses on tea and continues to expand his knowledge. He has traveled to many Tea Houses all over the world and in 2013 he visited Tea Farms all over Kagoshima, Japan.

“I feel it’s very important for people to know a little something about the tea they are drinking. Meeting the families from tea producing countries and seeing the hard work that goes into this fine art really makes me appreciate tea even more.”

At Zen Tea Traders, our teas do not sit in storage for months at a time before being shipped. This allows us to ensure freshness and maintain optimal quality. Each one of our teas has been carefully selected and tasted. We want to make sure our teas capture as many of the senses as possible. Appearance, aroma, mouth feel and taste are all part of the experience. That is why at Zen Tea Traders, we want you to “experience” your beverage.

We continually strive to fulfill our mission: providing premium quality teas from around the globe while adding a twist of fun.

Tea is truly an art.  There are literally thousands of teas from around the world, and each culture has a unique method of preparing, serving, and drinking tea. Don’t worry, there will not be a test at the end of all this.

It is our goal to keep things as simple as possible. Living in a fast-paced, on-the-go world, we invite you to sit back and take a few moments out of your busy day and enjoy an experience with us. All we ask is that you please refrain from raising your pinky finger while enjoying your tea. Quality, Simplicity, and Experience are the principles that Zen Tea Traders is founded upon.

General Information about Tea

All tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. Only the young, top two leaves and the unopened leaf bud of this plant are picked. Allowed to grow on its own accord, the tea plant, which is a member of the evergreen family, will reach heights of 60 feet. As a bush, it is pruned to heights of no more than 3-5 feet and can produce tea for over a hundred years. Up to 80,000 hand-plucked shoots are needed to produce one pound of our loose leaf tea.

The difference between the types of tea result from variations in the processing of the leaves after they are harvested. The processing affects flavor, aroma, caffeine levels and health benefits. This is best described by picturing and apple. If you take a bite out of an apple and allow the apple to sit out for a while the apple will begin to change color as oxidation sets in. The same goes for tea. Once the leaf is plucked it begins to oxidize. The farmer can halt oxidation by processing or firing the leaf. The least oxidized teas are the lightest color. A fully oxidized tea is a black tea.

Removing caffeine is simple. Steep your tea for 30 seconds and pour the water off. Re-steep and enjoy as 98% of the caffeine is now removed.