Green tea comes from the same plant species, Camellia sinensis as white, oolong, black and pu’erh teas. Green tea is the original tea of China and its use dates back 5,000 years—both medicinally and enjoyed as a beverage. It has been produced as a loose-leaf tea for the past 800 years, and prior to that time was typically mashed and formed into cakes for easy transport and storage. The process that defines green tea is the post-withering step of de-enzyming by pan firing or steaming the leaves. This keeps the green color of the tea leaf and stops any oxidation from occurring (such as with oolong and black tea). Green teas are primarily produced in China, Japan and Korea, but have been produced in other countries and with non-traditional cultivars. Health benefits of green tea have been widely published. I refer any inquiries about tea’s health benefits to: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. This website has numerous archives of published biomed studies involving green tea.
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AOI Matcha Delight
Matcha Delight is in individually sealed 30 gram cans to retain freshness. This is a wonderfully sweet Matcha that tastes great all by itself.
This is the most asked-for Japanese tea. The toasty flavor imparted by the roasted, popped rice brings such a pleasant flavor to the Sencha base. Genmaicha was developed during WWll in response to the shortage of green tea. After the war it was shunned as a “poor person’s tea”, but has gained a new popularity.
Guangdong Special Grade 2016
A high quality, unique, savory green from mainland China; its full body and grassy depth reminds me more of a high quality Japanese tea. We’re luck to carry this again in 2016 (the Chinese government keeps threatening to convert the land for manufacturing). This is from a small family farm in Guangdong Province and the care and attention to quality is highly evident in the wonderful buttery flavor.
High Mountain Organic Green
This tea is a lovely small leaf, organically grown green from Fujian Province. It steeps up grassy and sweet–a great value!
Japanese Fukamushi Sencha
Fukamushi Sencha means “deep steam” sencha and I totally love the taste difference in this tea. Sencha is the most commonly consumed tea in Japan and this particular one is full of rich flavor–it easily stands up to two steeps. Personally I prefer the first steep of my green teas because I think most of the L-theanine comes out in the first steep and I like the sweet flavor it imparts.
Steeping this tea at 170F brings out the savory, delightfully grassy character of the tea.
This is a wonderful shade-grown green tea that is about as savory and rich as anyone could want. Why shade-grown? It stresses the tea plant and forces intense color, flavor and sweetness. It’s also a little higher in caffeine.
Japanese Sencha Organic
For tea drinkers who seek out organic teas, this Japanese Sencha is a wonderful choice. It is a little lighter than most traditional Sencha teas, but the quality is wonderful and the steeped cup is very enjoyable.
Organic China Sencha
A wonderful blending green tea that tastes great on its own or blended with flavors and botanicals.
Organic Clouds & Mist
A lovely green tea grown on the island of Shousan off the eastern coast of China. This tea is bright and fresh with the tiniest hint of toastiness. A great value.
Organic Gunpowder Green
Rolled into tiny pearls, these shiny, grey-green, hand-rolled leaves typically make a strong, somewhat astringent cup, with a characteristic smoky edge from high firing.