Most teas that we drink today originate from the Camellia sinensis plant. The Camellia sinensis is a species of small tree whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. You’ve probably more commonly heard it being called the tea plant or tea tree.
Whether you fancy white tea, green tea, oolong or black tea, they all come from the same plant. The only exceptions are herbal teas and infusions such as chamomile, mint, and rooibos.
Camellia Sinensis is also the name of a Canadian tea company based in Montreal that has been selling and providing high-end restaurants with some of the best teas available for over 20 years.
Founded in 1998 by Hugo Américi, the first Camellia Sinensis tea room opened on Emery Street in Montreal by focusing on an Asian approach to tea.
The company rapidly grew to supply over 200 varieties of teas to nearly 500 restaurants worldwide, including a few Michelin stars Chefs.
The secret of their success lies, of course, in the quality of their product and services. Camellia Sinensis employs over 50 people and works directly with cultivators and tea producers in Asia to source high-quality teas. They import close to 32 tons of teas each year.
Camellia Sinensis has now grown far beyond the original team house and store by offering team workshops and professional training to help aficionados master the art of tea. Over 10,000 tea lovers have attended Camellia Sinensis’ tea workshops over the years.
One such training teaches students how to perform a proper Japanese tea ceremony to prepare and serve traditional matcha tea. Matcha tea is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves that commonly grows in Japan. What makes this tea so special is the farming process that grows the team leaves in the shade for three weeks to keep them fresh. As a result, the Camellia sinensis produces more theanine and caffeine.
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