Chinese Tea and English Tea, What’s the Difference?

By November 29, 2017


How do you like your tea? Have you ever observe the tea liquid in your cup?

There is no boundary in Tea spirit, which has been viewed as a symbol of national culture traveled for centuries. Today let’s “meet” the collision and have a brief understanding of the differences and interaction of Chinese tea and English tea.

Here shows you 5 major differences of Chinese tea and English tea.

Difference on the origin of tea-drinking

Chinese tea has gone through a long history. There are many arguments on the origin of Chinese tea-drinking, one of the most popular dated back to the period before Western Han Dynasty (202 BC). On the other hand, the popularization of tea in England has been recorded at the eighteenth century, the first time tea was introduced into the European countries. For nearly 200 years, changes occur that downs its status from the symbol of royalty to the common civilians.

Difference on tea set


It turns out to be considerably different on the design of tea set between China and English. Chinese tea is generally brewed in ceramic products and famous for its dark-red enameled pottery used for Puer tea brewing. Because of special and demanding requirements that high water temperature and permeability of tea set needed for Puer tea making, the dark-red one becomes the best option. And silverwares and teapot stenciled with colored patterns are frequent used for English tea brewing. And it plays great attention to the functions of practical value and aesthetic value. See the 6 best teapots in 2017.

Differences on the types of tea


According to historical records, there are nearly 6000 types of Chinese tea, and can be divided into 6 major categories on the basis of commodity classification. They are Green tea, black tea, white tea, yellow tea, post-fermented tea and Oolong tea. English tea is mostly black tea; the tea leaves are mainly imported from Asian countries such as India. It is because English lacks of growing environment like acid sandy soil and sloping fields as China does.

Here shows you some brief information about Chinese tea.



Caffeine content (8oz/per cup)

Green tea


30 milligrams

White tea


Less than green tea

Yellow tea

Slightly fermented

Less than green tea

Oolong tea


12-50 milligrams

Black tea


50 milligrams

Post-fermented tea


Less than 20 milligrams

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Difference on tea brewing method

Chinese tea are brewed differently reliant on the types of tea to maximize the flavor of leaves, and English tea uses tea strainers as the standard of a cup and focuses on the brewing time.

Difference on tea drinking habits


Chinese tea lays more emphasis on its original pure aroma, and matched with traditional Chinese medicine and diet. English tea appreciates the varied flavoring added. There are many additives to be poured into English tea, like milk, sugar, lemon piece and honey. Note that you should brew your tea before adding other flavorings.

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