Green tea is minimally processed, and has little to no oxidation, making it a wonderful source of antioxidants. Having a cup of green tea daily has quickly spread from Asia to Europe and North America, nowadays it has become a healthy routine in the lives of millions of people worldwide.
Green tea, after harvested and washed, is withered and then rolled by either machine or hand. To stop the oxidation process and to bring out certain flavors, some green teas are steamed, pan fried, or toasted. Each preparation creates a unique tasting tea, from grassy, to deep umami, spinach-like greens, and each green tea has a fresh, clear bright astringent flavor making it a one of a kind in the tea world.
The natural sweetness of green tea is given by a variety of amino-acids. Be careful when preparing your water temperature for steeping, green tea is sensitive and too-high of a temperature can ruin green tea’s delicate flavor.
Depending on where your green tea was produced there are vast differences on what you will taste in your cup. Both China and Japan are widely known for their green tea and have long historical, and cultural traditions when producing their tea leaves. Dragon Well, beautifully hand rolled Jasmine Pearls, Sencha, Gyokuro, and Bi Luo Chun are just a few of the famous green tea varieties.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Studies have shown that green tea features polyphenols, which give green tea its prized health benefits. Aids in weight loss- studies show that drinking three cup daily will help you melt off extra pounds, but don’t rely on green tea alone, pair it with a healthy lifestyle and better choices. Lowers cholesterol- A U.S. study suggests that drinking it regularly may reduce LDL, or 'bad' cholesterol a few points. Lowers risks and prevents cancer- many studies have proven again and again that green tea consumption aids in combatting cancer. Basically, the more green tea participants in the studies drank, the less the risk of developing stomach cancer, colon, pancreatic, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer.
Be attentive with your water temperature and steeping times for green tea. We suggest following the specific suggestions on your bag of tea, but here are some guidelines.
Chinese green tea 1 tsp of loose tea for every 8oz of water. 175F/80C for 2-3 minutes. Japanese green tea 1 tsp of loose tea for every 8oz of water. 175F/80C for 1-2 minutes.