While a vast majority of the population doesn’t live in tropical areas capable of growing your own coffee there are many gardeners who are able to grow their own tea. And I’m not talking just about herbals.

The real thing, coming from camellia sinensis can be grown most gardeners whether the plants are grown in the ground outdoors or protected by a greenhouse.
From your plant, you can make black, green or oolong tea.

Green Tea

* Pluck the very youngest leaves and leaf buds.
* Blot the leaves dry, and let dry in the shade for a few hours.
* Steam the leaves (like you would vegetables) on your stove for about a minute.
* For a different flavour, try roasting them in a skillet for 2 minutes instead of steaming.
* Spread the leaves on a baking sheet and dry in the oven at 250F for 20 minutes.
* Store the dried tea leaves in an air-tight container

Oolong Tea

* Pluck the very youngest leaves and leaf buds.
* Spread them out on a towel under the sun and let them wilt for about 45 minutes.
* Bring your leaves inside and let them sit at room temperature for a few hours.
* Make sure to stir the leaves up every hour.
* The edges of the leaves will start to turn red as they begin to dry.
* Spread the leaves on a baking sheet and dry in the oven at 250F for 20 minutes.
* Store the dried tea leaves in an air-tight container.

Black Tea

* Pluck the very youngest leaves and leaf buds.
* Roll the leaves between your hands, and crush them until the leaves start to darken and turn red.
* Spread them out on a tray, and leave them in a cool location for 2-3 days.
* Dry them in the oven at 250F for about 20 minutes.
* Store in an air-tight container.

Source: Growing Tea at Home