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There are two major varieties of tea plants, Camellia sinensis var. sinensis for Chinese teas and Camellia Sinensis var. assamica for Indian Assam teas. White tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh tea and black tea are all harvested from one or the other varieties.

However, they are all processed differently to attain varying levels of oxidation. Kukicha (twig tea) is also harvested from Camellia sinensis, although, it uses the twigs and stems, rather than leaves.

Tea originated in China, as a medicinal drink. It came to the West through Portuguese priests and merchants during the 16th century. Drinking tea became a favorite of the British during the 17th century, who then introduced the plant to their territories in India to bypass a Chinese monopoly on the drink.