Life Style / Tea Glossary
Broken: smaller leaf style usually created during manufacture by passing the leaf through a cutter
Caddy: The name given to a tin or jar of tea, which takes its name from the Chinese or Malayan word 'catty'- a term used to describe the weigh of one pound of tea. In the past, tea caddies were equ . . . View Full Definition
Caffeine: stimulating compound present in tea
Cambric Tea: a very weak tea infusion in an excess of milk and sugar
Camellia Sinensis: Botanical name given to the tea bush.
Caravan Tea: Tea taken by camel from China to Russia before modern transportation.
Catechins: class of polyphenol present in high concentrations in green tea, but found in varying levels in other teas derived from the teaplant
Ceylon: teas made in Sri Lanka
Cha: The word for tea derived from the Chinese language.
Chabana: flower arrangement in the tokonoma
Chai: tea. Often refers to masala chai, or spiced tea, a strong black tea infused with milk, sugar, and spices.
Chaire: container of matcha for koicha
Chaji: a complete tea ceremony, consisting of sumidemae, kaiseki, koicha and usucha
Chaki: container of matcha for usucha
Chakin: white linen cloth used to wipe chawan
Chanoyu: literally “hot water for tea,” the word for the Japanese tea ceremony
Chasen: bamboo whisk
Chasen-Toushi: procedure for cleaning implements during chanoyu
Chashaku: scoop for tea, made out of bamboo, ivory or other material
Chest: classical tea package, usually made of wood and aluminum-lines, used to ship tea from plantation
Chesty: tea taster's term signifying off odor in tea from the wood in the tea chest
Chunmee: Chinese green tea, said to resemble the shape of human eyebrows.
Cloning: Cuttings taken from old tea bushes which are allowed to root and then are planted to produce new tea bushes. Many tea bushes are grown from clones or cuttings taken from older bushes.
Congou: A general term used to describe all Chinese black teas regardless of the area in which they are grown and made.
Coppery: bright infusion of good quality black tea