The chemistry of tea

Chi-Tang Ho, Nanqun Zhu

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Tea is one of the most popular beverages consumed worldwide. It is the brew prepared from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. Freshly harvested tea leaves require processsing to convert them into green, oolong and black teas. An estimated 2.5 million metric tons of dried tea are manufactured annually. The distinctive flavor and color of various teas are due to the chemical changes that occur during processing. The two major groups of compounds in tea leaves are catechins and methylxanthins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-326
Number of pages11
JournalACS Symposium Series
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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